Vol. 7, No. 6 November 2022

Pictured above: Project cargo for the space industry is loaded onto a barge at Dock 15 at the Port of Brownsville by DIX Industries, the oldest full-service stevedoring company in the port. Since 1947, as cargo trends evolved, the company's reliable and efficient service has expanded to meet modern needs. Pictured below: Cars fill the parking lot at DIX Shipping Company-Shipping Agents and Stevedores office at the port in August 1959.

A Legacy of Success

DIX Industries Celebrates

75th Anniversary at the Port

When the Port of Brownsville first opened in May 1936, many people celebrated the promise of economic opportunities that would bring them closer to the American dream.

Richard "Dick" Ostos was one of those individuals, coming to Brownsville from New York in 1936 to work for Philen-Miller, a steamship agent and stevedore company that brought the first vessel to the newly minted port of the Rio Grande Valley.


Over a decade later in 1947, Dick embarked on that opportunity and founded DIX Shipping Company-Shipping Agents and Stevedores at the Port of Brownsville. Thanks to his entrepreneurial spirit, resilience and dedication, that company celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. 

Dick's legacy of contributions to the port was commemorated by the Brownsville Navigation District in 1996, when the road on the south side of the Brownsville ship channel was renamed R.L. Ostos Road in a proclamation issued by the BND Board of Commissioners. 

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Gulf Stream Marine stevedores unloaded more than 67,000 metric tons of steel slab from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the MV Sdtr Hera on Oct. 16. The steel slab was destined for Ternium's hot rolling mill in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Ternium Brings Record-Breaking Steel Shipment

With only two months left in 2022, Ternium brought in the heaviest cargo load of the year to the Port of Brownsville on Oct. 16.

More than 67,000 metric tons of steel slab from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arrived aboard the MV SDTR HERA at the port destined for Ternium's hot rolling mill in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The Port of Brownsville's logistical advantage has catapulted it as the major gateway for steel into Mexico, moving a record 4.3 million tons of steel commodities in 2021. And this volume is projected to increase to more than 5 million tons by 2023.

Pictured above: The Port of Brownsville welcomed students from the Brownsville Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Program on a port tour in honor of Industry Week on Oct. 21. Pictured below: Port Director & CEO Eduardo A. Campirano led a boat tour for visitors from the Texas Oil & Gas Association highlighting the diverse industries at the port.

Port Serves as Industrial Hub For the Region

High school students from the Brownsville Independent School District's Career & Technical Education(CTE) program visited the Port of Brownsville in honor of Industry Week on Oct. 21.

The port partnered with the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, CTE, SteelCoast, Keppel AmFELS, Texas Southmost College, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Workforce Solutions Cameron to allow students to explore career opportunities and learn more about the economic impact of the port on the region.

On Oct. 28, Port Director & CEO Eduardo A. Campirano joined the Texas Oil & Gas Association for the Coastal Energy Series Rio Grande Valley Energy Roundup held in Rancho Viejo, TX.

Campirano was a guest panelist in the event and led a tour of the port along the Brownsville Ship Channel highlighting the importance of the port's diverse industries.

The Port of Brownsville's annual 5K1M Dock Dash provided participants an inside look at the port as they followed the route along the Brownsville Ship Channel on Oct. 15.

Annual Dock Dash 5K1M Event Draws Crowd

Nearly 500 participants hailing from throughout the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico laced up their sneakers to enjoy the Port of Brownsville's annual 5K1M Dock Dash walk/run community event on Oct. 15.

The event, free to the public, provides an opportunity for locals to engage in healthy activities for recreation. Participants received custom Dock Dash medals and commemorative t-shirts.

This year's festivities were supported by main sponsor Lone Star National Bank; the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority; Rio Grande LNG; and 40 Beats Fitness.

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November 10

Propeller Club Meeting

November 11

Veterans Day – Port Offices Closed

November 16

BND Board Meeting 

November 25

Thanksgiving Day – Port Offices closed Nov. 24-25

December 7

BND Board Meeting

December 21

BND Board Meeting/First Day of Winter 

I-169 Interstate Sign Unveiled

Editor's Note: This article was originally featured at www.myrgv.com

Sign unveiling ceremonies in Cameron County and on the Kenedy-Willacy county line held Oct. 28 marked the designation of additional miles of interstate in South Texas.

From one mile north of Willacy County all the way to Brownsville is now officially I-69E. For the Cameron County ceremony, held at the intersection of I-169 and Parades Line Road, officials unveiled a new I-169 sign designating an additional two miles of the route connecting the Port of Brownsville with I-69E.

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