Vol. 6, No. 9 February 2022
A crane operator from the Port of Brownsville and longshoremen from Gulf Stream Marine work in tandem to discharge steel plates from a vessel at Dock 16.
Diversified Success

Editor’s Note: This article is featured in the latest edition of the Port of Brownsville Directory.
Steel is a large and significant mainstay in Brownsville, where the port is the major gateway for steel into Mexico, moving more than three million short tons of steel commodities per year.

The Port of Brownsville is the closest deep-water port to Mexico’s industrial center in Monterrey – more than 100 miles closer than the nearest Mexican port, saving shippers time and money with direct access to many area factories.

Under construction is a major terminal development at the port to maximize the efficient loading of open-top gondola railcars for steel slab shipments to feed Ternium’s recently expanded mill in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. With an expected increase of steel throughput, the Port of Brownsville is planning to spend millions to accommodate greater volumes and expedite the movement of steel through the port.

The port is also a major transshipment center for liquid products like premium gasoline, diesel, jet fuels and lubricants, before being transported to final destinations across Mexico. Previously, customers in Mexico had to purchase energy through Pemex – but now, they can acquire commodities on the market through their own resources. As a result, demand for refined products continues to steadily grow and the port’s capabilities to manage large volumes gives customers the reach into the interior of Mexico – a significant advantage in the competitive market.
Courtesy Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau.
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) steams along in the Pacific Ocean on June 3, 2008. The ship was returning to the United States for decommissioning after 47 years of service.
Editor's Note: This article is featured at www.myrgv.com.
Kitty Hawk en Route to Brownsville
The former USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) aircraft carrier has finally begun the 17,000-mile journey from Bremerton, Wash., to the Port of Brownsville for recycling by International Shipbreaking Ltd./EMR Brownsville.

The Navy contracted with the Brownsville shipbreaker late last year to salvage the Kitty Hawk and the USS JFK. Per the contract, ISL is being paid a penny for each aircraft carrier to be towed here for scrapping. ISL Vice President Robert Berry estimated that the Kitty Hawk will arrive sometime between mid- and late May.

A lot of it depends on what kind of weather the historic ship and its tug encounter from Washington down the Pacific coast, through the Strait of Magellan near the tip of South America, up the Atlantic coast, through the Caribbean Sea and into the Gulf of Mexico, he said.
Courtesy Photo from Texas LNG
Artistic impression of Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities at the Port of Brownsville.
Texas LNG and Enbridge Execute Natural Gas Pipeline Transportation Agreement
Texas LNG Brownsville LLC and Enbridge Inc., have executed a pipeline transportation precedent agreement for the expansion of the Valley Crossing Pipeline (VCP) to deliver approximately 720 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to Texas LNG’s export facility for a term of at least 20 years.

The VCP consists of a 160-mile 42- inch and 48-inch diameter pipeline located at Agua Dulce, a major Texas gas hub, and extending to the Port of Brownsville. A 10-mile lateral will be built to extend the pipeline to Texas LNG’s facility proposed at the port, along with the addition of compression facilities on the existing pipeline.
Port of Brownsville Hires Finance Director
The Port of Brownsville has named Zeus Yanez as Director of Finance, effective January 17, 2022.
Yanez will lead a team of nine dedicated professionals, winners of nine consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program awards presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
Yanez has over 10 years of experience in public accounting with a specialty in audits of governmental entities and federal/state grants. Before joining the port, he worked for Carr, Riggs, and Ingram CPAs and Advisors (formerly Long Chilton, LLP). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Brownsville (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).


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February 14 
Valentine’s Day 

February 16
BND Board Meeting 

February 18
BND Election: Filing Deadline

February 21
Presidents Day- Port offices closed 

February 25
BND Election: Last Day to Withdraw Candidacy 

February 19 - 26
Charro Days Festivities

February 28
BND Election: Drawing for a Place on the Ballot

March 2
BND Board Meeting/Ash Wednesday

March 13
Daylight Saving Time Begins - Don't forget to move your clocks forward

March 16
BND Board Meeting 
On Jan. 25, Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano was a featured guest on KURV’s radio show “The Valley’s Morning News” with Sergio Sanchez and Tim Sullivan.

Campirano highlighted several multi-billion dollar projects currently in the works and provided a 2022 forecast for the port.
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