2023 STS-AIChE Houston Ship Channel Tour

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 2:30pm CDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Rachel Carlton

The South Texas Section will journey down the Houston Ship Channel in the fully air-conditioned M/V Sam Houston on Saturday, June 10.  Guests should arrive before 2:30 PM. The M/V Sam Houston will leave the dock at 3:00 PM sharp and return to the dock at approximately 4:30 PM.

The Houston Ship Channel is the largest concentration of chemical industry in the United States with more than 50 chemical processing facilities located along either side providing their products to commerce around the world.  The list of companies that are located along the Houston Ship Channel reads like a who’s who of the chemical process and refining industries.  The ship channel has more than 50% of the nation's basic petrochemical manufacturing capacity and nearly 50% of the capacity of first stage derivatives - almost three times larger than its closest competitor.

Since this trip is intended for a technical organization, no children under the age of 16 are allowed.

Because of security requirements, reservations are required for the trip in order to provide a passenger list to Port Houston.  Reservations will be accepted online until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 6.  When the reservations list is full, a wait-list will be started.  Reservations can be canceled online at any time up to 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 6, via the registration link that is below, which will allow time to notify people on the waitlist and include their names on the passenger list.

Because of the popularity of our annual Houston Ship Channel trip, reservations are limited to members of the STS-AIChE and one guest per member for a total of two people for each reservation.  Also,we are limited to a maximum of 65 people on the tour.  Please include the names and the email addresses or telephone numbers for yourself and your guest with your reservation so we can contact everybody to confirm all of the reservations and notify everybody in case the trip is cancelled (see the security notice above).  Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis; however, we will maintain a waitlist in case there are cancellations.


To register for the Houston Ship Channel Tour, please use this link: 

 2023 Houston Ship Channel Tour Registration Link

  • registration is open only to STS members and one guest per member

  • Again, if you cannot attend, please use the registration link above to cancel your reservation so people on the wait list can be added to the reservations list and attend the STS-AIChE Houston Ship Channel Tour.


All people going on the Houston Ship Channel Tour must have a picture ID to show to the guard at Gate 8 and to the crew member before boarding the M/V Sam Houston.  Names will be compared to the passenger list by the guard.

We hope to see you on board the M/V Sam Houston when we weigh anchor.


Please refer to the map below.

The parking lot access is through Gate 8 of Port Houston, 7300 Clinton Drive.  Exit I-10 (Baytown East Freeway) at McCarty and proceed south on McCarty to Clinton Drive.  Turn right on Clinton and proceed west to Gate 8, which has a signal light and is just before Wayside.  Turn left and enter Gate 8, then proceed to the pavilion at the Turning Basin, staying to the right.  Once there, park in the parking lot and join us on board the M/V Sam Houston.


For additional information, please e-mail Dennis Griffith at

Remember, a picture ID is required for all attendees.

Bon voyage!

Dennis Griffith