Vol. 3, No. 1, August 2018
The renovated office campus, located at 1000 Foust Road, adds 12,473 square feet of new office space for a total of 26,500 square feet.
Home Sweet Home
There is no place like home.

After 18 months, the Brownsville Navigation District and Port of Brownsville staff returns to their home in the completely repurposed and enlarged administration office campus at 1000 Foust Road.

In January 2017, the port’s administrative offices were temporary relocated to the Keppel AmFELS complex at 48000 SH 48 while the port’s main building underwent a needed renovation and expansion.
New Port of Brownsville Directory Now Available
The newest issue of the Port of Brownsville Directory is now available.

The full-color publi-cation is a com-prehensive resource tool for the business community, the public, and local and trade media outlets to learn more about the port’s role as a vital economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley.

The new issue highlights the port’s record year in 2017 for revenue and tonnage, current and future projects, the port’s strategic location to Mexico, and capital investments to the port’s intermodal facilities.

The publication also includes a detailed 4-page map of the port’s facilities highlighting tenants, docks, sheds, patios and other important assets. The business directory contains more than 300 local, regional, state, national and international businesses listed in 63 different categories.

The directory is available to the public and is distributed to all RGV economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, port tenants, elected officials, media outlets, and potential business partners. It will also be available at local public libraries after August 15. An online version may be found on the port’s website at http://www.portofbrownsville.com/business-with-the-port/directory/.

To request a free copy of the Port of Brownsville Directory, call (956) 831-4592 or email  info@portofbrownsville.com .
Staff Changes at the Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville announces the promotion of a new director of finance and the appointment of a new director of special projects.

Lorena Hernandez, CPA, is the port’s new finance director following the retirement of Steve Fitzgibbons. Fitzgibbons served as the port’s finance director for more than five years.

Hernandez manages the port’s 9-member financial team, winner of six consecutive Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. She was previously assistant finance director.

Also, Jose Herrera joins the Port of Brownsville staff as special projects director.

In his new position, Herrera is responsible for managing all aspects of port special projects, ensuring each is carried through from inception to completion. Prior to joining the Port of Brownsville, he was the interim president of the Brownsville Economic Development Council.
Reverend Mark Watters prepares to bless the shrimping fleet during the traditional Blessing of the Fleet July 10 at the Port of Brownsville's fishing harbor. The shrimping season began July 16.
Hopes High for a Bountiful Gulf Shrimping Season

With the 2018 Gulf shrimp season under way, local shrimpers are hopeful they will not come back with their nets empty despite a continued shortage of workers that plagues the industry.

For the 13th consecutive year, Reverend Mark Watters led the traditional Blessing of the Fleet July 10, at the Port of Brownsville’s fishing harbor. During his sermon, Rev. Watters asked the dozens of people gathered to pray for a bountiful harvest this season and for the well-being of all shrimpers while they are out at sea. The shrimping season began July 16.
Longshoremen unload steel slabs from a vessel at the Port of Brownsville. The port is known to be the biggest gateway for steel into Mexico.
Bilateral Trade Shows no Sign of Cooling
A huge crane unloads giant steel slabs off a ship from Russia, destined for factories in Mexico. Queues of trucks, some of the 800 a day heading across the border, fill up with oil products. Steel coils, animal feed, sugar and colossal wind turbines lie in warehouses or lots awaiting their journey south.

This is the Port of Brownsville in Texas, the biggest gateway for steel into Mexico, a big handler of US oil products heading over the border and the front line in Washington’s escalating trade war with its neighbour and Nafta partner. The US ratcheted up tensions this month by filing complaints against Mexico and other countries at the World Trade Organization.

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August 8
BND Board Meeting

August 14-15

August 22
BND Board Meeting

August 22-25
2018 South Border Customs Brokers Association Conference - SPI

September 3
Labor Day -  Port offices closed

September 5
BND Board Meeting

September 5-7

September 9
First Day of Rosh Hashanah

September 9-14
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 11
Patriot Day

September 15
Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

September 16
Mexican Independence Day

September 16-19

September 18
Yom Kippur

September 19
BND Board Meeting

September 22
Autumn Begins

October 3
BND Board Meeting

October 5
National Manufacturing Day
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in September
For the third consecutive year, the Port of Brownsville joins the entire U.S. trucking industry in celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week September 9-14.

The event highlights the efforts of professional truck drivers who deliver the nation’s freight safely and securely every day. In 2017, the Port of Brownsville recorded more than 300,000 truck movements at the port.

According to the American Trucking Association, there are more than 3.5 million professional truck drivers nationwide. These professional men and women log more than 273 billion miles annually and in 2016, delivered nearly 70 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage – or 10.55 billion tons. That same year, the trucking industry was an astounding $738.9 billion industry, representing 81.5 percent of the nation’s freight bill.
USS Tripoli Arrives at ISL Shipyard to be Recycled

Fifty-three years after it was launched from the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss., the 598-foot amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH 10) is now in for dismantling by International Shipbreaking LLC, part of the EMR Group.

The vessel was decommissioned and struck from the naval register in 1995 after nearly 30 years in service.

The Tripoli completed three deployments to Vietnam during its career and was the first amphibious warship to carry a full squadron of AV-8 Harrier short-takeoff/vertical-landing ground-attack jets.
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