Tag Archives: Port of Brownsville

Port of Brownsville Takes National Ranking

For the third straight year, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports. The figures come from the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress released Dec. 12. The port’s FTZ reported more than $3.5 billion in exported goods in 2017. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranks 18th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $3.6…

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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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Survey Shows Strong Support for Port of Brownsville

Cargo coming into the Port of Brownsville feeds the Valley economy, such as this load of windmill components for the expanding wind farm industry. (Port of Brownsville)

The Port of Brownsville recently conducted its first public opinion survey of port tenants, logistics, stakeholders and other service personnel. The findings revealed that 95 percent of respondents view the port favorably. Additionally, 57 percent of respondents planning to increase their port business activity in the next year. Overall, 94 percent of respondents stating the port is vital in creating a positive impact in the U.S. economy. “The Port of Brownsville’s…

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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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LNG Plant Making Progress

A rendering of what the Rio Grande LNG plant at the Port of Brownsville would look like upon completion. (Courtesy)

One of three liquified natural gas facilities proposed for the Port of Brownsville has cleared another regulatory hurdle that keeps the project on track for the company to make a final investment decision in about a year. NextDecade Corp. has announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a draft environmental impact statement for its Rio Grande LNG project, as well as the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline. “We appreciate…

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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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Port of Brownsville Seeks Public Opinion

Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville invites stakeholders and customers to complete a survey designed to help the port in better service. The survey includes a number of questions that ask about personal views of the Port of Brownsville and the services and benefits it provides. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  To ensure confidentiality, an independent, third-party vendor is conducting the survey. Responses will remain anonymous and will be of…

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Rio Grande LNG On Track

Rio Grande LNG

Rio Grande LNG recently announced a major milestone that puts the project on track to receive federal authorization in July 2019 to proceed with construction. This timing is based on the Notice of Schedule released Aug. 31 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The federal agency reviews and permits all liquefied natural gas projects in the United States. This Notice of Schedule sets the dates for the final steps leading…

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Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Truck Appreciation Week

For the third consecutive year, the Port of Brownsville joins the entire U.S. trucking industry in celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 9-14. The event highlights the efforts of professional truck drivers who deliver the nation’s freight safely and securely every day. In 2017, the Port of Brownsville recorded more than 300,000 truck movements at the port. According to the American Trucking Association, there are more than 3.5…

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Leadership Matters: Frank Fernandez

Frank Fernandez

Editor’s Note: Leadership can mean different things to different people. The Valley Business Report turned to experienced business leaders in the Rio Grande Valley to learn more about their views on leadership in their own words. Through a question-and-answer format, Leadership Matters presents comments on leadership from Valley CEOs and other business leaders. Frank Fernandez has been plant manager for Duro Bag at the Port of Brownsville since 2015. With…

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