Vol. 7, No. 3 2022
The 774-foot containership was built at the Keppel AmFELS yard at the Port of Brownsville. The MV George III is the first of two new containerships to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.
Pasha Hawaii Announces Delivery of LNG-Fueled MV George III at Keppel AmFELS

Gulf Stream Marine is one of three stevedoring companies at the Port of Brownsville serving cargo needs for a variety of businesses.
Safety, Number One Priority for Gulf Stream Marine
The Gulf Stream Marine terminal at the Port of Brownsville has been recognized by LOGISTEC Stevedoring with its Mitchell Daudier Health and Safety Award for 2021.

The recipients of this award are recognized for their demonstration of leadership, continuous improvement and advocacy of health and safety in the workplace.
Gulf Stream Marine is one of three stevedoring companies at the Port of Brownsville and includes a team of more than 125 employees including longshoremen, operators, clerks, supervisors and more.

The Brownsville terminal rose to the top of the LOGISTEC’s expansive network that includes more than 60 facilities and 2,500 employees in its cargo handling network for consideration for the award.

Throughout 2021, the Brownsville terminal worked nearly 350,000 total man hours with zero recordable injuries with a movement of 3.3 million tons of steel. The terminal has maintained an impressive safety record since 2017, with more than 1.2 million man hours worked and only two minor recorded injuries in five years.

Ricardo Quiroga, general manager for the Brownsville terminal, said the award was made possible through teamwork.
"From corporate guidelines down to hands on the job performance, this is a well-deserved recognition to all of our team members," he said.
 In 2021, the Brownsville and Rio Grande International Railway set an all-time high record of 65,865 loaded railcars handled.
BRG Completes Phase One of Palo Alto Yard Expansion
The Brownsville and Rio Grande International Railway (BRG) recently completed the first phase of the expansion of the Palo Alto Yard at the Port of Brownsville.

The upgrade includes the addition of three tracks of rail line, increasing the total static capacity of railcars at the yard to 398. The Palo Alto Yard is BRG’s largest interchange switchyard at the port.

BRG President and COO Norma Torres said that as business increases, phase two and three of the project will be constructed adding space for an additional 260 railcars and bringing the yard’s total static capacity to 658 railcars.
USMCA Benefits
Port of Brownsville
Editor's Note: This article was originally featured at www.ajot.com
International trade through the Port of Brownsville is booming. 

Eduardo Campirano, CEO, and port director, notes that the COVID year, 2020, proved to be the most successful in Brownsville’s long cargo history. 

“We operated 24-7 and we continue to do what we did in 2020,” he said. For 2021, cargo tonnage amounted to 13.8 million tons, breaking 2020’s record of 11.6 million.
For Brownsville’s final tally in 2022, even greater numbers are anticipated, with yet more cargo tonnage expected in 2023. 

The North American Free Trade Agreement, signed in 1994, was good for Brownsville’s trade. The subsequent United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which went into effect July 1, 2020, was also a positive, Campirano said. “I don’t know if it changed our dynamics, but it hasn’t hurt.” 
He stressed Brownsville’s position upon the Gulf of Mexico at the U.S.-Mexico border was recognized centuries ago as an ideal international trade site.

Today, Brownsville is the bullseye as a trade center across the Rio Grande River, and as a global player for trade through the Panama Canal, and with Latin America and countless trans-Atlantic opportunities. 
None of these opportunities have been lost on Brownsville management leaders. 
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Col. Kenneth Reed (far left) passes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District command flag to Col. Rhett Blackmon (second from left) during a change of command ceremony at the Galveston District headquarters, July 15.
USACE Galveston District Announces Change of Command
Col. Rhett A. Blackmon assumed command from Col. Tim R. Vail as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District commander during a change of command ceremony, held July 15 at the District’s headquarters in front of a crowd of family, District employees and distinguished visitors.

On top of handing over command to Blackmon, Vail also celebrated his retirement from the Army after 25 years of service.


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NextDecade Announces Agreement with ExxonMobil
NextDecade Corporation announced July 27, the execution of a 20-year sale and purchase agreement with ExxonMobil LNG Asia Pacific for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG proposed export project at the Port of Brownsville. 
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