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Annual Maritime Dinner

2024 Annual Maritime Dinner

Honoring Jürgen Schröder, 2024 Maritime Leader of the Year

Saturday, August 24, 2024
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM (CDT)

Bayou City Event Center

9401 Knight Rd
Houston, TX 77045

* Registration open until 8/9/24 at 2:45 PM (CST)

Event Details

The Greater Houston Port Bureau (“Port Bureau”) is pleased to announce that Jürgen Schröder, founder of Schröder Marine Services, Inc. (“Schröder Marine”), has been named the 2024 Maritime Leader of the Year. Schröder will be honored at the Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner on August 24, 2024. The Port Bureau Board of Directors named Schröder as the 2024 honoree for his staunch service to Houston’s maritime community and for being a champion of seafarer welfare.

“Jürgen’s lifetime of service to the port region and his passion for the welfare of everyone, whether onshore or onboard a vessel, is unparalleled. It is a privilege to recognize him as our 2024 Maritime Leader of the Year,” said Vincent DiCosimo, chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, vessel crews went many months without leaving their ships. Schröder was instrumental in organizing local industry efforts to bring aid and resources, including vaccines, for the thousands of seafarers confined to vessels calling in Houston.

Schröder has also been as an active member of the Port Bureau since 1978, serving as a director, a member of the executive committee, and past president of the board of directors (1981-1983). He is an active member of the Houston International Seafarers’ Center, serving on their board since 1985 and as board president from 1992-1993.

Read the full press release here. 


Queen of the Fleet Sponsors

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 $500 - $5,000.

Please note: Sponsorship commitments must be received by August 2, 2024, to be guaranteed print recognition.

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August 24
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 Silent Auction continues.
8:15 PM - 8:15 PM Close of Silent Auction
8:15 PM - 9:00 PM Honoree Recognition
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Post Event Social in The Lounge Featuring music, lite bites, and cocktails sponsored by Cooper/Ports America and Schröder 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

Blades International

Manchester Terminal

PEMEX Deer Park

Event Underwriters

Lounge Sponsors



Suderman & Young Towing Co.

Mobile Bidding

Silent Auction Sponsors


Blades International


Cooking With A Twist
Lost Oak Winery
Panera Bread
Updated January 30, 2024