HMLecture

Lecture Series

The Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum hosts a yearlong lecture series that brings in speakers on local, regional, national, and international subjects of the maritime world. Typically, lectures are broken into two subject themes of those that are historical in focus and those specific to an industrial topic. Visit our Youtube page to access archival video of past lectures!

Please note that HM now requires visitors to register for our lecture series programs to better accomodate our guests. To register, click on the lecture pages below! 

History Lectures

Thanks to the generous support of Frost Bank, the HM is able to provide a monthly history lectures on a variety of topics. All lectures are held at the HM, open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections.

Generously sponsored by 
frost bank

 


Industry Lectures

Throughout the year the HM presents talks by community leaders on various topics related to the maritime industry. All lectures are held at the HM, are open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. 


Environmental Lectures

Our newest lecture series invites key members of the maritime community and academia who highlight innovation and progress in the maritime industry. Lectures are held at the HM, are open to the public and include admission to the museum collections.

Generously sponsored by

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- Recent Environmental Lecture -

Effects of the ITC Fire Response on the Houston Ship Channel

Effects of the ITC Fire Response on the Houston Ship Channel
Following the fires at Intercontinental Terminal Company (ITC) in Deer Park on March 17, 2019, more than 130,000 gallons of Class B firefighting foams were used, causing these materials to flow into the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay (HSC/GB). Firefighting foams contain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – a class of compounds widely used as surfactants. PFAS are persistent organic pollutants that have been reported as contaminants in waterways and drinking water systems across the United States. In partnership with the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), the Texas A&M University Superfund Research Program evaluated the impact of the ITC incident response on PFAS levels in HSC/GB. Time course data shows a sharp spike in PFAS levels in the days and weeks after the incident and a gradual decline by mid-June 2019 with patterns consistent with the tidal flow in HSC/GB. This work demonstrates the impact of an industrial incident on the water quality in HSC/GB and establishes baseline levels for PFAS for future comparisons.


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