Vol. 5, No. 7, December 2020
Mohd Sahlan Bin Salleh, left, president and CEO of Keppel AmFELS accepts the 2020 Chairman’s Award from Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez, during a special event held Dec. 3, 2020 at the Port of Brownsville.
Keppel AmFELS Earns
2020 Chairman's Award

FTZ No.62 is a major exporter of aluminum, steel, and wind energy products.
FTZ No. 62 Celebrates 40th Anniversary
For the eighth year in a row, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released on Nov. 13, 2020.

FTZ No. 62 ranks second in the country with more than $4.3 billion in exported goods in 2019, an increase from the $3.8 billion reported in 2018. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the port’s FTZ has consistently ranked in the top three for exports out of 193 FTZs nationwide since 2012. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranks number 18 in the nation for the value of imports totaling $4.6 billion, up from $3.69 billion in goods reported in 2018.

"These are the highest numbers we’ve seen in the zone’s history, which highlight the importance of the Port of Brownsville as a statewide and regional economic driver," said Eduardo A. Campirano, Port Director and CEO. "This year, we’ve made significant investments in infrastructure and FTZ 62’s continuous high ranking only further validates our efforts to increase the port’s role in the global marketplace."
From left to right: John Reed, BND Commissioner; Esteban Guerra, BND Secretary; Sergio Tito Lopez, BND Chairman; Ralph Cowen, BND Vice Chairman; John Wood, BND Commissioner.
Lopez Elected BND Commission Chair
Sergio Tito Lopez was unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District (BND) during the commission's regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

Lopez also was sworn in as a commissioner, along with Ralph Cowen and John Reed, all reelected to the commission Nov. 3. Lopez serves as chairman alongside BND Vice Chairman Cowen and Secretary Esteban Guerra, who were also unanimously elected to serve as part of the executive board. Commissioners John Wood and Reed round out the commission as assistant secretaries.

Lopez previously served as chairman from 2012-2014. The BND is the elected authority for the Port of Brownsville in Brownsville, Texas, setting policy and fiscal decisions for the port.
NextDecade Awards Ship Channel
Improvements Contract
NextDecade Corporation announced that it has completed a competitive bid and contracting process and has selected Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation to perform essential improvements to the Brownsville Ship Channel.

These improvements, which include deepening the channel, will enhance commercial navigation into and out of the Port of Brownsville, ensuring the safe and reliable access of LNG carriers to NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG facility and optimizing the ability of shallower draft traffic to pass LNG carriers in either direction in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard guidelines. NextDecade, in coordination with the Port of Brownsville, has completed the permitting process for the project activities within the scope of the Dredge and Disposal Construction Agreement.
The USS Stephen W. Groves made her final journey to the Port of Brownsville where she arrived Nov. 19.
Sixth U.S. Navy Ship
to be Recycled by ISL
in 2020 Arrives at Port
The USS Stephen W. Groves has completed her final journey to International Shipbreaking Ltd.’s facility at the Port of Brownsville where she will be recycled. Her arrival marks the sixth U.S. Navy vessel contract awarded to ISL this year. 

"We have a long history of respectfully recycling military vessels. The USS Stephen W. Groves is the sixth U.S. Navy vessel that we have had the joy of welcoming to our Brownsville site this year," said Chris Green, Senior Manager at International Shipbreaking Ltd. "We would like to thank the Port of Brownsville commissioners, administration, Harbormaster and Brazos Santiago Pilots Association for their support in safely completing these ship movements."
ACCIONA Donates $40K to Los Fresnos CISD
The developer of three wind energy projects in Cameron County has announced donations to Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District to enhance science education at the district’s nine elementary schools.

ACCIONA, owner and operator of San Roman Wind Farm, Palmas Altas Wind Farm, and the soon-to-be-completed La Chalupa Wind Farm, said the donations of more than $40,000 are funded by the operation of the two wind farms through its annual social impact management program.

The wind farms are located within the boundaries of Los Fresnos CISD.


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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 
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U.S. National Guard Anniversary 
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BND Board Meeting 
December 21  
First Day of Winter 
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Christmas Eve - Port offices closed 
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Christmas Day - Port offices closed 

December 26  
Kawanzaa Begins
December 31 
New Year’s Eve
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New Year’s Day - Port offices closed 

January 6
Epiphany Day
2020 Hurricane Season Ends
The Port of Brownsville resumed operations under Port Condition 5 set by the U.S. Coast Guard after the 2020 hurricane season ended Nov. 30.

Port Condition 5 goes in effect during what is considered to be the non-hurricane season from December 1 to May 31 each year.

According to NOAA, the 2020 season produced 30 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 13 became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater), including six major hurricanes (top winds of 111 mph or greater).

This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the second-highest number of hurricanes on record.

The 2021 hurricane season will officially begin on June 1 and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center will issue its initial seasonal outlook in May.
Bring Better Broadband to Brownsville
The Port of Brownsville has joined the City of Brownsville and six other local organizations in a campaign focused on bringing high speed, reliable and affordable broadband access to Brownsville and the surrounding areas.

Residents and businesses in Brownsville, Los Fresnos and Rancho Viejo are encouraged to share experiences, opinions, and needs through an important community survey. Participation in the survey will help determine which areas of the community should be prioritized and which technology and infrastructure investments will make the most sense moving forward. 
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