Tag Archives: Brownsville Navigation District

Brownsville Agreement to Lead to Channel Deepening

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette addresses the crowd during the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project Funding Agreement. (photo NextDecade)

The Brownsville Navigation District and NextDecade Corporation have come to an agreement set to deepen of the ship channel. The project will then transform the Valley business landscape. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project Funding Agreement commits NextDecade to privately fund key improvements to the Brownsville Ship Channel. The company will pay 100 percent of the deepening. The project will run from the Gulf of Mexico to the western…

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Port of Brownsville Recognizes West Plains

CEO of West Plains LLC Amit Bhandari (third from right) accepts the 2018 Chairman's Award with company representatives.

West Plains LLC is the recipient of the Port of Brownsville’s 2018 Chairman’s Award. The award recognizes both the company’s investments and rehabilitation efforts of the port’s iconic grain elevator. Presentation of the award came Dec. 4 at the port’s annual customer appreciation luncheon. More than 200 guests were witness to the award presentation by Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed. Among those in attendance were local, regional and state public…

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Port of Brownsville Trade Facilitated with Grant

Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville is the recipient of a $1.5 million Rider 45 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. The grant will enhance the port’s intermodal connectivity, further facilitating domestic and international trade in the Rio Grande Valley. The funds will aid in constructing the South Port Connector Project. The port connector road will span two miles and connect Ostos Road at the port with Highway 4. The Port of…

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Containerships Made in Brownsville

Keppel AmFELS president Simon Lee, left, shakes hands with George Pasha, IV, president of The Pasha Group, during the cutting of the first steel plates for the M/V George III, one of two containerships the Brownsville-based company will build.

Construction of the first of two containerships is underway at the Port of Brownsville. On Sept. 25, Keppel AmFELS cut the first steel plates for the M/V George III, one of two ‘Ohana Class vessels the Brownsville-based company is building for the Pasha Hawaii fleet. This fleet provides service to the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. Once built, the new 774-foot U.S. Jones Act vessels will carry 2,525 TEUs, with a sailing speed…

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Brownsville Navigation District Elects Board

John Reed (photo Port of Brownsville)

John Reed has unanimously been elected to serve as chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. Reed has served as chairman prior from 2010-2012. His new appointment is also for two years. He continues to serve alongside BND Vice Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez and Secretary Ralph Cowen. Both men were also unanimously elected to the serve as part of the executive board. Local businessman Esteban Guerra also was sworn in as…

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Deal Advances $1.6 Billion Port Steel Mill

Big River Steel was the first to have a steel mill to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners recently signed an option agreement to lease for the company to build another LEED-certified plant at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Big River Steel)

On Tuesday, the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners signed an option agreement for Big River Steel LLC to build a $1.6 billion plant at the Port of Brownsville. The agreement covers up to 800 acres of property. This will enable the steel-maker to develop a LEED-certified steel manufacturing plant, as well as storage and a distribution facility.  “This is good news for Brownsville and the result of hard work by many…

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