Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

Port of Brownsville Again Ranks High in Exports

Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 consistently ranks in the top three for exports out of 193 FTZs nationwide since 2012. (Courtesy)

For the eight year in a row, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports. The recognition comes from information in the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress. FTZ No. 62 ranks second in the country with more than $4.3 billion in exported goods in 2019. This is an increase from the $3.8 billion…

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Port Lands Major Ship-Building Project

Activity is busy at Keppel AmFELS at the Port of Brownsville.

A Seattle-based maritime contractor has chosen a Port of Brownsville tenant to build the largest hopper dredge in the United States. Manson Construction Co. is one of the nation’s leading builders of marine infrastructure projects. Its contract with Keppel AmFELS has AmFELS building a 15,000-cubic yard hopper dredge. It will have a length of 420 feet and a breadth of 81 feet.  A dredge is a marine vessel – a…

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Navy Ships Arrive to Port for Recycling

The U.S. Navy’s USS Ticonderoga and USS Charles F. Adams are now at International Shipbreaking LLC at the Port of Brownsville for stripping and recycling. Both ships are scheduled to be completely demilitarized by 2021. The USS Ticonderoga was built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., and then delivered to the Navy in 1982. Her service includes providing naval gunfire support off the coast of Lebanon on her maiden voyage…

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Port of Brownsville Steams Ahead 

The Port of Brownsville has been especially busy in recent years in reporting record annual revenues. (courtesy)

The Port of Brownsville is utilizing record revenue years leading up to COVID-19 to deal with the pandemic’s challenges. The port reported a record $25.4 million in annual revenue in fiscal year 2019. The figure tops the previous record from 2018 with continuous robust growth over the last six years. The port’s performance was recently recognized by Moody’s Investor Service, ranking the Port of Brownsville third among all U.S. ports…

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Keppel AmFELS Lands Massive Dredge Contract

Keppel AmFELS at the Port of Brownsville will be building the largest hopper dredge in the United States thanks to a contract with Manson Construction Co.  The 15,000-cubic-yard hopper dredge FREDERICK PAUP’s design is in collaboration with Hockema Whalen Myers Associates Inc. of Seattle, Wash. It will have a length of 420 feet, breadth of 81 feet and draft of 28.5 feet. The dredge is slated to be fully operational…

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TWC Grant Benefits Local Advanced Skills Training

TWC’s Skills Development Fund will provide $332,042 in funding to train 181 new and incumbent workers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

A recent $332,042 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to South Texas College will continue to provide customized training to the workforce for local industry partners. TWC’s Skills Development Fund will provide funding to train 181 new and incumbent workers in advanced manufacturing. “We are committed to fostering long-term sustained economic growth by providing superior workforce training programs to local business and industry partners,” said South Texas College Associate Dean of…

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Port of Brownsville Excels Amid Challenge

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The Port of Brownsville ranks third among U.S. ports for “strong financial resilience” surveyed in a new report from Moody’s Investor Services. The ranking underscores the ongoing value of the port’s prudent financial stewardship in light of economic impacts from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Moody’s analysis evaluated American ports on a range of key factors surrounding financial responsibility. This includes the ability to handle the impact of a significant decline…

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Keppel AmFELS Readies Delivery

Delivery of the M/V George III to Pasha Hawaii from Keppel AmFELS is scheduled for this summer.

The construction of two 774-foot-long container ships for Pasha Hawaii continues on schedule at the Port of Brownsville. On June 5, Keppel AmFELS hosted a presentation and tour for port and city of Brownsville officials. Here, they presented an update of construction for the M/V George III and the M/V Janet Marie. Delivery of the M/V George III to Pasha is set for this summer. The twin U.S. Jones Act…

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Port of Brownsville Awards High School Graduates Scholarships

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Thirty-two local high school graduating seniors will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Brownsville Navigation District. The inaugural Port of Brownsville program helps deserving students pursue their education and career dreams. “On behalf of the entire Port of Brownsville organization, we are proud to support these local students and families at this time,” said John Reed, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “We are excited for the students as they continue…

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Accolades for Port of Brownsville’s Financial Resilience

Port of Brownsville financial resilience

The Port of Brownsville ranks third among U.S. ports for “strong financial resilience” surveyed in a new report issued by Moody’s Investor Services. This underscores the ongoing value of the port’s prudent financial stewardship in light of economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Moody’s analysis evaluated American ports on a range of key factors surrounding financial responsibility. This includes the ability to handle the impact of a significant decline in…

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