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2023 Annual Maritime Dinner

2023 Annual Maritime Dinner

Honoring David Grzebinski, President & CEO, Kirby Corp.

Saturday, August 26, 2023
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM (CDT)

Bayou City Event Center

9401 Knight Rd
Houston, TX 77045

* Registration open until 8/11/23 at 2:45 PM (CST)

Event Details

Registration is closed! If you are attending, please click here for important guest information. We look forwarding to seeing you there!


Title Sponsor

Queen of the Fleet Sponsors

David Grzebinski, President and CEO of Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”), has been named the 2023 Maritime Leader of the Year. Grzebinski will be honored at the Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner on August 26, 2023. The Port Bureau Board of Directors named Grzebinski as the 2023 honoree for his steadfast commitment to improving the greater Houston port region.

As the largest maritime formal business event in the U.S., the Annual Maritime Dinner attracts over 750 attendees. Guests are treated to an elegant night filled with complimentary perks, including free valet or self-parking, open bar during the cocktail reception, professional photography, and wine service during the gourmet dinner. The cocktail reception features a silent auction

Click the photo below to watch a recap of the 2022 Maritime Dinner:

Proceeds from the Annual Maritime Dinner support the Port Bureau’s regional maritime advocacy efforts.

Table Sponsorships:

  • Includes reserved table of 10 (2 tables included with Title Sponsor)
  • Logo or company name recognition in sponsor presentation and all print and digital media, commensurate with level
  • Location in ballroom is commensurate with level and date of registration

Event Underwriters:

  • Includes 2 tickets seated together ($700 value)
  • Premium logo recognition at event, in sponsor presentation, and all print and digital media

All guests receive:

  • Cocktail reception with open bar
  • Gourmet dinner
  • Complimentary valet or parking
  • Access to The Lounge after the program close

Can't attend? Get the best value for your marketing with our sponsorship only options from $250 - $5,000.

Please note: Sponsorship commitments must be received by August 4, 2023, to be guaranteed print recognition.


August 26
5:30 PM - 7:15 PM Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction Complimentary valet and parking. Attire: black tie preferred.
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM Dinner Email dietary restrictions to
8:15 PM - 8:15 PM Close of Silent Auction
8:15 PM - 9:00 PM Honoree Recognition Honoring David Grzebinski, President/CEO, Kirby Corporation. Featuring keynote recognition by Karrie Trauth, Senior Vice President of Shipping & Maritime, Shell
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Post Event Social in The Lounge Featuring jazz music by Kevin Charles Music, lite bites, and cocktails sponsored by Cooper/Ports America and Schroder Marine Services. Open to all Maritime Dinner attendees!

For More Information:

Port Bureau Events
Port Bureau Events
Greater Houston Port Bureau (713)678-4300

Admiral Sponsors

Commodore Sponsors

Event Underwriters

Silent Auction Sponsors


Blades International
Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.
Excargo Services, Inc.
Fifth Third Bank
Suderman & Young Towing Co.
The Nice Winery


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Bay Area Aesthetics
Black Walnut Cafe
Galveston Historical Foundation
Giant Texas Distillers
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Houston Maritime Center
Houston Marriott South
Little Beakers Science Labs for Kids
Main Street Theater
Messina Hof Winery
Natural Bridge Caverns
Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor
Neon Plumbing
New Orleans Steamboat Co.
Panera Bread
Rabusta Coffee & Trading
Saint Arnold Brewing
TANKS Paintball
Taste of Texas
The Phoenix on Westheimer
The Worthington Renaissance
Fort Worth Hotel
William Chris Winery
Wilhelmsen Port Services

Updated August 24, 2023