Vol. 3, No. 2, October 2018
Photo courtesy of Pasha Hawaii

Keppel AmFELS president Simon Lee, left, shakes hands with George Pasha, IV, president of The Pasha Group, during the cutting of the first steel p lates for the M/V George III, one of two containerships the Brownsville-based company will build.
Made in Brownsville for the World to See
Construction of the first of two containerships is underway at the Port of Brownsville.

On Sept. 25, Keppel AmFELS cut the first steel plates for the  M/V George III , one of two 'Ohana Class vessels the Brownsville-based company is building for the Pasha Hawaii fleet, which provides service to the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.
Port of Brownsville Public Opinion Survey
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Therefore, we invite you to complete a survey designed to help us better serve you in the future. In this survey, you'll see a number of questions that ask about your views of the Port of Brownsville and the services and benefits it provides. The survey should take about 10 minutes of your time to complete.

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To ensure confidentiality, the survey is being conducted by an independent, third-party vendor, and your responses will remain anonymous and will be used only in aggregate with those of other interviewees.
Photo courtesy of ISL

Tugboats pull the Sturgis along the Brownsville Ship Channel Thursday, Sept. 27, en route to ISL's shipyard.
Sturgis Arrives at ISL Yard for Shipbreaking
With rain clouds hovering over the Houston Ship Channel on Tuesday morning, a small group of people in neon yellow rain galoshes gathered at Fort San Jacinto Historic Point on the far east end of Galveston island to bid farewell to a defunct floating nuclear power plant that once supplied power for the engineering and construction of the Panama Canal.

After a short wait, the Sturgis emerged around the northern tip of Galveston island, pulled by two tug boats on its final journey to the Port of Brownsville, where the vessel will be dismantled for recycling after a successful three-year radiological decommissioning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston.

As the Sturgis, formerly a handsome World War II Liberty ship stripped of its bells and whistles, passed by Fort San Jacinto Historic point, spectators watched its progress. Many of them were involved in the three-year, highly complicated job of taking apart a vessel that was never meant to be taken apart.
Port of Brownsville Celebrates Truck Drivers
For the third consecutive year, the Port of Brownsville joined the entire U.S. trucking industry in celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (ATA), Sept. 9-14.

Durng this week, truck drivers entering the port received tokens of appreciation from both the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority and the port. The port also treated truck drivers to a free lunch.

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.
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 deliver nearly 70 percent of U.S. freight tonnage – or 10.55 billion tons. The trucking industry is an astounding $738.9 billion industry, representing 81.5 percent of the nation’s freight bill.






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October 7-14
AAPA Latin American Congress of Ports - Chile

October 8
Columbus Day

October 17
BND Board Meeting

October 23

October 31

November 1
All Saints Day

Official Dedication and Grand Opening of Port of Brownsville Administration Office Campus

November 2
All Souls Day

November 4
Daylight Saving Time Ends- Turn clocks back one hour

November 6
Election Day

November 7
BND Board Meeting

November 8-9

November 11
Veterans' Day - Port offices closed Monday, November 12

November 22
Thanksgiving Day -   Port offices closed Nov. 22-23
Rio Grande LNG Project On Track
Rio Grande LNG recently announced a major milestone that puts the project on track to receive federal authorization in July 2019 to proceed with construction.

This timing is based on the Notice of Schedule released August 31, by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency that reviews and permits all liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the U.S.

This Notice of Schedule sets the dates for the final steps that will bring this project to its ultimate goal – construction and commercial operations. According to the Perryman Group, an independent economic and financial analysis firm, this LNG export facility and associated natural gas pipeline, will bring 4,000-6,000 jobs to the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Rio Grande LNG began the rigorous federal permitting process in 2015 with a pre-filing phase, during which the company held open houses at multiple locations in Cameron County. Since then, the project has gone through extensive review by the public and a dozen federal, state and local governmental agencies.

The next major milestone is in October when FERC plans to release the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), triggering a public comment period. After further review, FERC is scheduled to release the final EIS in April 2019.

NextDecade Corporation, the Houston-based company developing the project, expects to announce contracts in the first half of 2019 with customers who will buy LNG from Rio Grande LNG once commercial operations begin.

NextDecade previously completed front-end engineering and design for the project and expects to finalize a construction contract in 2019, prior to a final investment decision moving the project forward.

NextDecade recently announced a competitive bid process to select an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor with the technical and financial strength to safely deliver the project on-time and on-budget.
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