The Lone Star State’s southernmost port, the Port of Brownsville, is looking forward to a transformational year as "the port that works," building upon record cargo tonnage of 10.3 million short tons and best-ever operating revenue of nearly $24 million achieved in 2017. Dry bulk, liquid bulk and breakbulk volumes are all reported on the rise.
Significant new customers at the Port of Brownsville include Sugaright, which imports raw sugar in bulk and exports bagged product, as well as importer Texan Cement, while the port has been receiving pipe and related materials for the $1.5 billion Valley Crossing Pipeline project and has been chosen as the site for construction by Keppel AmFELS of at least two Jones Act containerships to be deployed by Pasha Hawaii. Also, multiple LNG projects are on the horizon.
Brownsville port officials are hoping construction will begin within five years on the deepening of the port’s channel to 52 feet from 42 feet, with that undertaking having advanced to the permitting stage. And expanded, renovated port administrative offices are to be ready for move-in by June.
The above is an excerpt from the article titled "Texas Gulf ports preparing to handle still greater volumes of diverse cargo", written by Paul Scott Abbott for the American Journal of Transportation.