Vol. 5, No. 1, June 2020
Windmill components transported to and from the Port of Brownsville are a common sight contributing to the overall economic stability of the Rio Grande Valley. The port has seen a dramatic increase in the number of windmill projects.
Port of Brownsville Excels Amid
Challenging World Markets
Moody's Investor Services recognizes the BND for "strong financial resilience"
The Port of Brownsville ranks third among U.S. ports for “strong financial resilience” surveyed in a new report issued by Moody’s Investor Services, underscoring the ongoing value of the port’s prudent financial stewardship in light of economic impacts from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Moody’s analysis evaluated American ports on a range of key factors surrounding financial responsibility like the ability to handle the impact of a significant decline in cargo volume, financial liquidity and debt service coverage ratio. Weighing these important factors, the analysis ranks the Port of Brownsville among the most stable in the nation and better able to weather today’s unique economic challenges.

"We take our financial obligations very seriously and work to ensure we are responsible stewards of the port’s resources," said John Reed, Chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. "Even during today’s extraordinary economic climate, the Brownsville Navigation District Commission is taking responsible steps to maintain a stable financial foundation to attract continued growth and job creation."
Keppel AmFELS provided a tour of its facilities Friday, June 5th, to port and city of Brownsville officials. The company gave an update on the construction of the M/V George III and the M/V Janet Marie. Delivery of the M/V George III to Pasha Hawaii is scheduled for this summer.
Keppel AmFELS Readies Delivery
of M/V George III
The construction of two 774-foot-long container ships for Pasha Hawaii continues on scheduled at the Port of Brownsville.

On Friday, June 5th, Keppel AmFELS hosted a presentation and tour for port and city of Brownsville officials providing an update of construction for the M/V George III and the M/V Janet Marie . Delivery of the M/V George III to Pasha is set for this summer.

The twin U.S. Jones Act vessels carry up to 2,525 TEUs and utilize Keppel’s proprietary LNG propulsion technology, resulting in reduced air emissions and better fuel efficiency.

Keppel, traditionally the port’s largest employer and the foremost U.S. offshore rig builder, recently won construction contracts for the two container ships for Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii, with options for two more. The contracts, valued at $400 million by Keppel, mean 1,500 new well-paying jobs at the port in 2020 and a new industry for Texas.
Port Scholarship
Aids 32 Students 
Thirty-two local high school graduating seniors will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Brownsville Navigation District in an inaugural Port of Brownsville program to help deserving students pursue their education and career dreams.

"On behalf of the entire Port of Brownsville organization, we are proud to support these local students and families at this time," said John Reed, Chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. "We are excited for the students as they continue their education and begin their careers, and in the future opportunities they are creating for themselves, their families and our communities."

The 32 scholarship winners – selected for their academic performance, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and work experience, as well as for essays penned as part of their applications – attend 16 public and private high schools in the Brownsville area. The selected students will receive their scholarships when they enroll in college or technical school.
National Maritime Day is celebrated May 22
Port Honors U.S. Merchant Mariners
This Memorial Day, as we rightfully honor the military men and women who gave their lives winning and protecting our freedoms, let us not forget an often-overlooked remembrance for the thousands of U.S. merchant mariners who also died serving our country in their own selfless ways.

In 1933, by a joint Resolution of Congress and by Proclamation of the President of the United States, May 22 was set aside as National Maritime Day to honor the sacrifices of U.S. merchant mariners during wartime and in peace.
VIDEO: BND Proclamation Recognizing May 22, 2020 as National Maritime Day
One Hundred Years
of the Jones Act
Friday, June 5, 2020, marked the 100th anniversary of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the "Jones Act".

This law had two important provisions that are currently used every day in the United States. First, it created a right of seamen to sue their employers for injuries sustained during the course of their employment. Second, it restated the requirement that cargo may only be shipped between two points in the United States on a U.S.-flag vessel, owned by Americans, and built in a U.S. shipyard.

Today, there are over 650,000 people engaged in the Jones Act component of the U.S. maritime industry. This includes mariners, longshore workers, and shipyard workers.






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BND Board Meeting

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Flag Day

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BND Board Meeting

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June 20
First Day of Summer

June 21
Father's Day

June 25
International Day of the Seafarer

July 4
Independence Day-
Port offices closed Friday, July 3rd

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BND Board Meeting

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BND Board Meeting
Port Preps for 2020 Hurricane Season
The Port of Brownsville is primed for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 through Nov. 30.

In preparation, port staff has participated in seasonal alert meetings and reviewed and updated its hurricane preparedness plan.
During this time, the Port of Brownsville operates under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Hurricane Condition IV, with all emergency equipment inspected and personnel prepared for severe weather events.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be "above-normal" with 13 to 19 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70 percent confidence.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for preparing for the hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Port Updates on Despierta Brownsville!
Port Director & CEO Eduardo A. Campirano joined the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce in May for Despierta Brownsville, a community webinar to provide port updates.

Campirano detailed capital improvement projects, the response to COVID-19 and upcoming projects.
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