Tag Archives: Port of Brownsville

Brownsville FTZ Ranks Third in Nation

FTZ No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville reported more than $3.8 billion in exported goods in 2018.

Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports. FTZ No. 62 ranks third in the country with more than $3.8 billion in exported commodities in 2018. This is an increase from the $3.5 billion reported in 2017. The figures come from the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress released in late November. Since 2012,…

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Port Recognizes Welding Works International

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville Navigation District Secretary; John Wood, Brownsville Navigation District commissioner; Sergio Tito Lopez, Brownsville Navigation District vice chairman; Mary Treviño, Welding Works International Inc. executive administrator; Alfredo de la Fuente, Welding Works International, Inc. president; Christina de la Fuente, Welding Works International Inc. manager; John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District chairman; and Esteban Guerra, Brownsville Navigation District commissioner.

Welding Works International Inc. is the Port of Brownsville 2019 Chairman’s Award honoree. The award recognizes the company’s 20-plus years of “setting a high standard in safety training and providing ongoing contributions to the well-being of the Rio Grande Valley community.” Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed presented the award to Welding Works President Alfredo de la Fuente at the Customer Appreciation Luncheon Dec. 3. More than 200 guests were…

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Three New LNG Projects Move Forward

The Port of Brownsville is one step closer to welcoming three new LNG projects with an investment totaling $38.75 billion. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved their proposals late last week during its monthly commission meeting.  “Today’s announcement is another significant milestone in making these energy projects a reality and is the result of years of hard work by the applicants,” said John Reed, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District.…

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Port’s Website Earns Gold dotCOMM Award

Port of Brownsville website

The Port of Brownsville was recognized in October with a 2019 Gold dotCOMM Award for design and content of its website portofbrownsville.com. dotCOMM Awards is an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication. It spotlights creatives in the dynamic web, transforming the marketing and communication of products and services. The port’s website’s honors come in the category for government entities. The site, redesigned in 2017, features a…

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Coming Together to Build the Reef

Red snapper swimming in the artificial reef. (Courtesy)

Gary Glick, president of the nonprofit group Friends of RGV Reef, said recreational red snapper fishing generates several times the economic force of commercial red snapper fishing. People who come to fish also spend money on food and lodging, gas, tackle, charter trips, etc. Glick estimates that Friends of RGV Reef has spent about $400,000 on deploying reef material so far. The group has managed to do it for roughly…

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New Mobile Cranes Coming to Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville’s new Model 6 cranes will feature a powerful lifting curve with a maximum lifting capacity of 125 tons. (photo Port of Brownsville)

In June, the Port of Brownsville ordered two new mobile harbor cranes, soon increasing its dockside handling capacity. The seaport is experiencing higher cargo volumes across its range of services. The two new Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor cranes will be delivered both fully assembled and commissioned. They will be ready to begin work as early as December. The cranes will handle a wide variety of cargo, including breakbulk,…

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Port of Brownsville Recognizes Truck Drivers

On a daily basis the Port of Brownsville welcomes 800 to 1,000 trucks that enter the port to pick up cargo and deliver it across the nation.

The Port of Brownsville is currently honoring the millions of professional truck drivers who work to deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day. During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 9-13), the Port of Brownsville will offer free breakfast and lunch to drivers doing business with the port. The port also partnered with the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority to distribute 500 giveaway bags to drivers at the Foust…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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Port of Brownsville Has Positive Economic Impact

Port of Brownsville ship channel

The Port of Brownsville supports a total of $3 billion in total economic activity for the state and is responsible for more than 51,000 jobs within the borders. These figures come from an independent analysis by Martin Associates on port activity for the 2018 calendar year. “We celebrated a record year in tonnage earlier and are pleased to see our economic impact set a strong foundation for future growth,” said John…

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Tugboat Operator Brings Much to Port

Signet Maritime’s fleet at the Port of Brownsville includes three tugboats, the Signet Defender, Signet Ranger and the Signet Magic. (photo Port of Brownsville)

In June, Signet Maritime celebrated 21 years of tugboat operations at the Port of Brownsville. The company’s full-service navigation center provides ship, barge and rig movements as well as harbor tugboat operations since 1998. The fleet includes three tugboats, the Signet Defender, Signet Ranger and the Signet Magic. These high-powered tugs assist ships and barges, often more than ten times their size. They also navigate through the 17-mile long Brownsville…

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