Vol. 6, No. 5, October 2021
From Left to Right: Texas A&M University Regent Mike Hernandez III; Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr; Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp; Rep. Eddie Lucio, III; Rep. Alex Dominguez; Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez; Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez III, at the Port of Brownsville on Sept. 23.
Advanced Manufacturing Training Coming to the RGV

On Sept. 23, the Texas A&M University System and two of its state engineering agencies – the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) –announced a new initiative to invigorate an important Rio Grande Valley industry sector, advanced manufacturing, with workforce development programs that will prepare people for high-need jobs.

The Texas A&M RGV Advanced Manufacturing/Training Innovation Now (TRAIN) program gathers community input, creates collaborations and develops training courses that meet the needs of current and future employers at the Port of Brownsville. In two years, TRAIN will award 10,000 certificates through on line and on-site classes.

TEES and TEEX, two state agencies renowned for their workforce training and professional development, will offer these courses in English and Spanish. There is no cost to participants, thanks to $10 million in funding secured by State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. from the Texas Legislature.
Economic Development Key to Port’s Success
Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez named Secretary Esteban Guerra as chairman of a newly created committee focused on enhancing economic development opportunities at the Port of Brownsville. The committee will also include Commissioner John Reed as vice chair.

"As highlighted by U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s recent visit to our port, we are the economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley," Chairman Lopez stated. "I have created this committee to identify those opportunities so that we as a commission may act on them."

Senator Cornyn visited the Port of Brownsville on Sept. 16 to participate in an economic development roundtable discussion with Rio Grande Valley public officials and members of the business community. The event was organized by RGV Partnership.
Cpt. Chris Urbanovsky, one of the four state commissioned harbor pilots for the Port of Brownsville and Port Isabel, prepares to climb onboard the M/V Ultra Passion outside the Brownsville Ship Channel as Cpt. Gary Wyniger steadies Pilot Boat VII.
Port Pilots Set the
Course for Safety
On any given day, vessels loaded with cargo appear to effortlessly glide over the deep Gulf Coast waters on their way to the only deepwater seaport on the U.S.- Mexico border led by one of the four Brazos Santiago Pilots Association (BSPA) harbor pilots. Captains Gene R. Tuttle, Chris Urbanovsky, Jonathan P. Willett and Grant S. Wilson are tasked with safeguarding the waterways of the Brownsville Navigation District and Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District while guiding vessels in and out of the 17-mile long Brownsville Ship Channel with unmatched knowledge and expertise.
Since its grand opening in 1936, vessels from around the world have called on the Port of Brownsville to deliver essential goods supporting a wide range of industries throughout North America. Eighty five years later the port continues to be the leading economic driver of the Rio Grande Valley. In 2020, despite the economic challenges brought by a world-wide pandemic, the port recorded a banner year with a record-setting 11.6 million short tons of cargo moved through the port’s terminals.
"We are an essential part of keeping products moving through the Port of Brownsville, keeping the steel mills in Mexico going, keeping up the fuel supply. Every day that the channel is shut down and traffic isn’t moving it’s a huge cost to the customer and the economy," BSPA presiding officer Captain Willett said.
Photo courtesy of Business Wire
The M/V George III along the Brownsville Ship Channel during it's first sea trial. The ship was built at Keppel AmFELS shipyard at the Port of Brownsville.
Clean Energy to Supply LNG to Pasha Hawaii
Clean Energy Fuels announced it will supply World Fuel Services with an estimated 78 million gallons of liquefied natural gas for two Pasha Hawaii container ships, the M/V George III and M/V Janet Marie, built at the Keppel AmFELS, Inc. shipyard at the Port of Brownsville.

M/V George III and M/V Janet Marie are the two LNG-powered container ships that will join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet serving Hawaii. The George III is expected to begin operation in Q4 2021 and the Janet Marie shortly thereafter.
Sen. Cornyn Meets with RGV Leaders
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn met with Rio Grande Valley leaders at the Port of Brownsville on Sep. 16, to discuss to discuss local government, industry and higher education affairs.


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BND Board Meeting 

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Port of Brownsville Port Isabel Propeller Club Meeting 

October 16
Port of Brownsville Dock Dash 5K1M Family Fun Run/Walk

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BND Board Meeting 
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85th Anniversary Community Celebration 

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All Saints Day

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All Souls Day 

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BND Board Meeting 

November 7
Daylight Saving Time ends - Turn clocks back one hour

November 11 
Veterans Day – Port Offices Closed
Port Celebrates
85 Years
The Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

The community is invited to visit the port and enjoy a family fun day with activities ranging from ship channel boat and bus tours to live music, food, a children’s activity area and more. 

This community celebration marks the port’s opening in 1936 and its continued growth and economic importance throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
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