Tag Archives: Port of Brownsville

From Warship to Scrap and Beyond

Old Ships Build the Future International Shipbreaking Ltd. CEO Chris Green moves among employees with ease, greeting them with waves, smiles and handshakes. Walking across the hangar deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence, he stopped to talk with two workers. “How’s your boy doing?” he asked one man whose son had been experiencing health problems. “We have a group of really hard-working people around here,” Green said. “They are our greatest asset.” The USS Independence is the most…

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Port of Brownsville Supports Wetlands Restoration

Proposed and expanded Carl “Joe” Gayman channel

Agreement with Rio Grande LNG supports Major Bahia Grande Wetlands A provisional commitment has been reached by the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners and Rio Grande LNG towards the restoration and enhancement, as well as preservation of the Bahia Grande wetland complex. The commitment includes the expansion of a pilot channel into a permanent and enhanced source of tidal flow to the Bahia Grande. Accoding to a press release from…

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USS Independence Decommissioned in Brownsville

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence receives a tow through the Brownsville Ship Channel June 1, on her way to International Shipbreaking Ltd's yard at the Port of Brownsville.

Carrier dismantlement to construct new vessels The USS Independence arrived in the Port of Brownsville June 1, completing her final voyage. The decommissioned aircraft carrier will be dismantled by International Shipbreaking Ltd. The carrier will undergo a dismantling and recycling process, expected to take around a year and a half to complete. The process will generate about 160 jobs locally, says Robert Berry, vice president of ISL. “We recognize that…

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Urbanovsky Commissioned as Branch Pilot

Captain Christopher R. Urbanovsky

Brazos Santiago Pilots Association welcomes in May Captain Christopher R. Urbanovsky is a new Branch Pilot Captain for the Brazos Santiago Pilots Association. The announcement was made May 3 at the Brownsville Navigation District’s Pilot Board meeting. The Brazos Santiago Pilots Association is an organization of both federally licensed and state commissioned pilots. They are responsible for ensuring the safe transit of ships and vessels through the Brownsville Ship Channel. Captain…

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Keppel AmFELS to Build Hawaiian Vessels

LNG-fueled containerships in deal Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville will build two new LNG fueled containerships for Pasha Hawaii. The Honolulu-based based company is in the process of finalizing contract specifications. This may also include an option to order two additional vessels. According to a press release from the Port of Brownsville, the new vessels operate fully on LNG, therefore reducing environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Other energy-efficient components include a…

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West Plains Accepts First Units of Grain

Shipment first of expected 220 rail cars monthly West Plains LLC received its first grain of the season April 25 at the Port of Brownsville with the arrival of 109 rail cars of corn from Nebraska. West Plains entered into an agreement with the port in 2016 to restore and operate the grain elevator, with capacity to store three million bushels of grain. Since restoration efforts began, they have invested more…

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CSC begins operations at the Port of Brownsville

Port of Brownsville-OmniTRAX partnership instrumental CSC Sugar, one of the largest importers and exporters of refined sugar to and from North America, began its new packaging and distribution operations at the Port of Brownsville last week. The company has hired 33 local employees to fill all available positions, including warehousemen, forklift drivers and packaging equipment operators. “This is an important project for the Port of Brownsville because it helps bring…

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Warehouse park a boom to local economy

The GEOTRAC Industrial Hub park features more than 1,400 acres of land suitable for light and heavy manufacturing, logistics, energy services, technology development and export/import warehousing. (Photo courtesy Port of Brownsville)

Upcoming area Class-A warehouse park expected to be big drive to local economy A Class-A warehouse park is coming to a 200-acre parcel at the GEOTRAC Industrial Hub at the Port of Brownsville. According to the port, OmniTRAX Inc. and Majestic Realty Co. will develop up to 2.8-million square feet during 15 years. It is expected to attract diverse companies, particularly wholesale distributors. “These warehouses will provide companies with the benefit…

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Port of Brownsville administrative offices move

The Port of Brownsville administrative office is now at a temporary location during renovation and expansion. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Regular Port offices undergoing renovation and expansion The Port of Brownsville administrative office is now at a temporary location at Keppel AmFELS, 20000 SH 48, Brownsville. The administration complex at 1000 Foust Road is undergoing an approximate 18-month renovation and expansion. The project includes rehabilitation of the current building and construction of a new pod featuring a new boardroom, as well as a new parking area. Additionally, a new permit office is…

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Redesigned Website for Port of Brownsville

Port of Brownsville redesigned website homepage.

New website expands informational offerings The Port of Brownsville has launched its redesigned website, featuring a cleaner design, providing visitors greater detail and information about the port, as well as downloadable and printable forms to accelerate business activities. The site also features enhanced content for marketing, media relations and public information. News includes the Port Matters e-newsletter, maps and photo galleries. The website’s new menu includes information such as history, capabilities…

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