Vol. 2, No. 1, August 2017
Port of Brownsville Debuts New Directory

The Port of Brownsville launched its newest marketing and communications tool, the 2017 Port of Brownsville Directory, a comprehensive annual guide featuring in-depth articles, facts and details about the port and related industries.

Photo courtesy of Rio Grande LNG

This image shows an expanded Carl “Joe” Gayman channel as proposed by the environmental project agreed upon by the Brownsville Navigation District and Rio Grande LNG, LLC. The effort would significantly enhance water flow, improve water quality, enrich thousands of acres of wetlands, and expand critical habitats for marine life and other wildlife in the 10,000-acre Bahia Grande wetlands area. 

Bahia Grande Wetlands Restoration Project

The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners announced July 5 a provisional commitment by Rio Grande LNG, LLC towards the restoration, enhancement and preservation of the Bahia Grande wetland complex through the expansion of a pilot channel into a permanent and enhanced source of tidal flow to the Bahia Grande.

The Bahia Grande Restoration Project is contingent on Rio Grande LNG’s final investment decision to construct and operate a new LNG liquefaction facility and export terminal at the Port of Brownsville. Texas-based NextDecade, LLC is the owner and developer of Rio Grande LNG.

Lt. Kurtis Mees assumes command of Station South Padre Island.

Change of Command at USCG Station South Padre Island

The United States Coast Guard Station South Padre Island hosted a Change of Command ceremony June 28. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Bell released command of the station to Lt. Kurtis Mees.

The ceremony included remarks from Captain Tony Hahn, Commander of the USCG Sector Corpus Christi, who oversees operations for all maritime ports from Port Lavaca to Port of Brownsville.

From left to right: Port of Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia, Police Lt. Mario Esquivel, HMO Operations Supervisor Martin Medrano, and Harbor Master Mike Davis listen to a presentation during the AMSTEP exercise held July 12 at Keppel AmFELS.

Maritime Security Exercise Conducted at Port of Brownsville
The United States Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, alongside the Port of Brownsville and other federal, state and local agencies, conducted an Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program (AMSTEP) table-top exercise in Brownsville on July 12.

This exercise, held at Keppel AmFELS facilities, brought together over 20 federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency management partner agencies in addition to regulated oil, natural gas, and chemical facilities to test the South Texas Area Maritime Security Plan and assess the response to security incidents. 
Father Mark Watters speaks to the crowd gathered for the annual Blessing of the Fleet July 10 at the Port of Brownsville Fishing Harbor.
Gulf Shrimp Season Under Way

The Texas Shrimp Association kicked off this year’s Gulf shrimp season with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on July 10, at the Port of Brownsville Fishing Harbor. The commercial Gulf shrimp season officially began on July 15.

Father Mark Watters delivered a powerful sermon and asked the dozens of people gathered at the ceremony to pray for a bountiful harvest this season and for the well-being of all shrimpers while they are out at sea. Among those present at the event were State Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, port officials, local shrimpers and representatives from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Sweet Delivery

More than 12,000 tons of raw sugar from Mexico were recently discharged at the Port of Brownsville. The sugar, moved by CSC Sugar, was stored, repacked and transported by truck to El Paso and Fort Worth for processing.

The processed sugar is sold to food and beverage companies for consumption. Schaefer Stevedoring & Logistics handled the offloading and storing of the cargo.


John Wood





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August 16
BND Board Meeting

September 4
Labor Day - Port offices closed

September 6
BND Board Meeting

September 10-16
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 15
Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

September 16
Mexican Independence Day

September 19-20
24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium

September 20
BND Board Meeting

September 21
First Day of Rosh Hashanah

September 22
Autumn Begins

September 30
Yom Kippur

October 6
National Manufacturing Day
West Plains received its first grain of the season April 25th at the Port of Brownsville. The company hosted a group of Chinese merchandisers this summer.
Chinese Delegation Visits West Plains Operations at the Port of Brownsville
A team of next generation Chinese merchandisers from several agriculture and commodity trading companies visited Texas and Kansas June 20-July 1.

The group, who represent more than 50 percent of China’s total sorghum imports from the United States, visited grain elevators, farms, ethanol plants and export facilities to discuss purchasing sorghum for export to China through hands-on education about sorghum production, marketing, export logistics and available options.
NextDecade’s Development in Ireland Links to the Port of Brownsville

NextDecade Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Cork Company of Ireland to develop a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and associated LNG import terminal infrastructure in the European country.

Under the terms of the MOU, the potential development at the Port of Cork would receive LNG from NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG proposed project at the Port of Brownsville. The Port of Cork facility could support imports of up to 3 mtpa from the Rio Grande LNG plant.

Rio Grande LNG is one of three companies that have announced plans to build a natural gas liquefaction export terminal at the Port of Brownsville. All three LNG permit applications are currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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