Vol. 2, No. 3, April 2018
Brownsville Navigation District Vice Chairman John Reed delivers his remarks during the annual State of the Port Address March 8, 2018, at the Ambassador Events Center in Brownsville, Texas. Click on the image above to view the State of the Port Address Event Video.
State of the Port: Record Revenue and Tonnage in 2017
A full house of regional stakeholders applauded Port of Brownsville officials during reports of record revenue and tonnage in 2017 at its annual State of the Port Address March 8.

The port's total operating revenue reached nearly $24 million in unaudited total revenue, exceeding the previous high-water mark of $19.9 million set in 2015 by more than $4 million. On the annual tonnage side of the business, the volume of cargo handled at the port topped 10.3 million short tons, also a new record.
Click on the image above to view the State of the Port Address Remarks.
Modern docks have transformed the Port of Brownsville’s cargo matrix with a growing variety of international goods, such as steel products.
Texas Gulf Ports Gearing Up to Handle Still Greater Volumes of Diverse Cargo
The Lone Star State’s southernmost port, the Port of Brownsville, is looking forward to a transformational year as "the port that works," building upon record cargo tonnage of 10.3 million short tons and best-ever operating revenue of nearly $24 million achieved in 2017. Dry bulk, liquid bulk and breakbulk volumes are all reported on the rise.

Significant new customers at the Port of Brownsville include Sugaright, which imports raw sugar in bulk and exports bagged product, as well as importer Texan Cement, while the port has been receiving pipe and related materials for the $1.5 billion Valley Crossing Pipeline project and has been chosen as the site for construction by Keppel AmFELS of at least two Jones Act containerships to be deployed by Pasha Hawaii. Also, multiple LNG projects are on the horizon.

Brownsville port officials are hoping construction will begin within five years on the deepening of the port’s channel to 52 feet from 42 feet, with that undertaking having advanced to the permitting stage. And expanded, renovated port administrative offices are to be ready for move-in by June.

The above is an excerpt from the article titled "Texas Gulf ports preparing to handle still greater volumes of diverse cargo", written by Paul Scott Abbott for the American Journal of Transportation.
Texas LNG Receives Letter of Support from US Coast Guard for Proposed Project
The United States Coast Guard found the Brownsville Ship Channel to be suitable for marine traffic resulting from Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction terminal at the Port of Brownsville.

In a letter of recommendation issued Feb. 26 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Coast Guard concluded that the waterway is suitable to handle current and anticipated incremental traffic from the Texas LNG proposed facility.

The Houston-based company plans to construct an LNG export facility on a 625-acre site at the Port of Brownsville. The facility will enable the export of 4 million tonnes per annum of LNG to established and developing markets. The proposed terminal is being designed to accommodate LNG carriers with nominal LNG capacities up to 180,000 m3 and dimensions on the order of 977 feet long and 151 feet wide.
Photo courtesy of Big River Steel

The Port of Brownsville's logistical advantage and cargo handling capabilities are key in securing the construction of a $1.5 billion steel mill proposed by Big River Steel.
'Chances Are Good' for Landing $1.5 B Steel Mill

The Port of Brownsville’s senior director of marketing and business development believes the port is in with a good chance of landing Big River Steel’s second steel mill.

Steve Tyndal gave a presentation about the port at Texas Southmost College to five site selectors from Germany.

"I think our chances are good. We're one of two sites that have made the final selection process," Tyndal told the Rio Grande Guardian, at the end of his remarks to the site selectors.

The five site selectors are associated with the European American Investment Council and specialize in helping manufacturing companies from Europe expand into North America. They made 21 stops around the Rio Grande Valley in just over two full days thanks to a tour organized by Rio South Texas Economic Council. The tour included a drive through the Port of Brownsville.
Annual Dock Dash a Complete Success

The Port of Brownsville usually sees vessels, trucks and trains on its property but on Saturday, March 3, 2018, it opened the gates to local avid runners and walkers.

More than 400 participants attended the annual family-friendly 5K1M Dock Dash run/walk.
The family-oriented run/walk was the port's biggest race yet, with more than 400 participants from all over the Rio Grande Valley. Participants received a conmemorative t-shirt and a medal upon completing the race. 






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April 4
BND Board Meeting

April 16

April 17
Tax Day (Federal and State tax filing deadline)

April 18
BND Board Meeting

April 22
Earth Day

April 25
Administrative Professionals' Day

May 1
May Day

May 2
BND Board Meeting

May 2-4
Metal Forum - Mexico City

May 5
Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
Uniform Election Day
BND General Election Day

May 7-10

May 10
Mother's Day (Mexico)

May 13
Mother's Day (US)

May 16
BND Board Meeting

May 19
Armed Forces Day

May 20-22

May 22
National Maritime Day
Primary Runoff Election Day

May 28
Memorial Day-  Port offices closed

June 1
Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins 
Last Chance to be Featured in the 2018 Port Directory
There’s still time to get your business featured in the 2018 edition of the Port of Brownsville Directory.

Scheduled for release this summer, the full-color publication serves as a useful guide for prospective clients looking to establish business opportunities in the region and for the community at large to learn more about the port’s role as a vital economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley.

Do not miss your chance to purchase an advertising spot or have your business listed for free in the Green Pages section of the directory.

For submission deadlines, contact Patty Gonzales at pgonzales@portofbrownsville.com
The Port of Brownsville's website was honored with the 2018 AVA Gold Digital Award in the Web-Based Production category for government entities.
Port of Brownsville Strikes Gold in 2018 AVA Awards

The Port of Brownsville was recognized with two prestigious 2018 AVA Digital Awards for design and content of its website and electronic newsletter.

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition recognizing excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communications.
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