On behalf of the Port of Brownsville, thank you for your interest in the Rio Grande Valley’s port for the region. Since its establishment in 1936, our communities have trusted the port to bring global trade opportunities for businesses and provide good-paying jobs.
While the port has developed leaps and bounds from that time, our mission remains the same – to be a leader in business development by providing state-of-the-art infrastructure expansion, economic opportunities, the best transportation facilities, and the highest standards of public administration.
For the tenth consecutive year, the Brownsville Navigation District earned recognition for its 2020 comprehensive annual financial report. This consistent dedication to sound financial transparency and stewardship allow us to invest in extending the life of the port. In 2021, for the second consecutive year, our operating revenue surpassed the $30 million mark. Our port staff are a vital part of these successes and are driven to accomplish the tasks of the day for the rewards of tomorrow.
As the diverse industries at the port continue their trajectory for growth, we remain competitive, providing the best value. Our unique capabilities and skilled workforce have contributed to our role as the premier ship recycling port of the U.S. while simultaneously serving as home base to Keppel AmFELS, the only major Jones Act shipbuilding yard in Texas. The Port of Brownsville is the largest shipper of steel to Mexico, we play an important part in the energy sector moving massive wind energy components and refined petroleum commodities. Cargo movement at the port in 2021 amounted to 13.8 million tons, an amount projected to increase in 2022 and 2023.
Just outside our doorstep, the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement project to deepen our ship channel from its current depth of 42 feet to 52 feet is in the works. Federal officials announced a $68 million commitment to the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This marks the next great stride towards the new era at the Port of Brownsville as increased depth will accommodate larger vessels enabling the port to remain competitive, resulting in cost savings for our customers.
In this issue of the 2022 Port Directory, we invite you to read about how we fulfill our pledge to our tenants, customers, and community. In times of uncertainty and change, we remain the port that works.
Eduardo A. Campirano
Port Director and CEO
Port of Brownsville
Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Eduardo A. Campirano, port director and CEO of the Port of Brownsville. The column first appeared in the Port of Brownsville’s 2022 Directory.
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