BROWNSVILLE, RGV – Brownsville Navigation District has published its 82-page 2019 Directory.

The book includes a letter from Chairman John Reed and Port Director & CEO Eduardo A. Campirano.

The goal of the directory is to provide tenants, business partners, media and community with “detailed information about the port’s capabilities, infrastructure, growth and opportunities.”

The port’s motto is, The Port That Works!.

Featured articles in the directory include Enabling Economic Evolution, Investing in Success, Mexico Makes Sense, The Port That Works, Building the Future from the Past, Deep Thinking, Security First and Fast, A History of Progress, On the Right Track, Regional Partnership Enhancing Intermodal Connectivity, Brownsville Shrimping Industry, and Home Away from Home.

The Fast Facts section points out that the Port of Brownsville creates 44,036 Texas jobs, $3 billion of total state economic activity, $164.4 million in federal state and local taxes, and $2.2 billion in total personal income and local consumption.

In the center of the Directory is a four-page pullout Facility Map that shows where the port’s various tenants are located. 

A section titled Overall Facilities shows that there are approximately 40,000 acres of land, one million-plus square feet of covered storage, three million square feet of open storage, 13 cargo docks, and five liquid cargo docks. 

The port’s ship channel’s authorized draft is 42 feet. However, it has congressional approval to deepen the ship channel to 52 feet.

There are 23 pages devoted to the 2019 business directory.

Here is a reprint of the first feature article in the new directory: 

Enabling Economic Evolution

After years of courtship, community input, planning and permitting, large-scale industrial development is about to transform the Rio Grande Valley’s economic landscape with billions of dollars of investment and thousands of new jobs at the Port of Brownsville.

Three liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, representing a a combined projected investment of $38.75 billion are in the homestretch of Federal Regulatory Commission permitting, with final investment decisions expected by late 2019 and 2020.

Not to be outdone, Arkansas-based Big River Steel is refining its strategy to locate a $1.6 billion electric arc steel mill at the port. 

These successes are attracting additional industrial development to the port and Brownsville, supported by a youthful, educated, abundant and motivated workforce. 

No other domestic maritime complex rivals the Port of Brownsville’s ability to attract and develop logistically focused manufacturing, processing, warehousing and distribution facilities.

All of these projects are situated on the port’s 42-foot deep 17-mile-long channel, where each of these active development opportunities finds affordable land with abundant energy resource options at the Port of Brownsville. 

Newly available inducements include electrical transmission upgrades delivering 345 kilovolts of electric power directly to the port by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and the completion of the $1.6 billion Valley Crossing Pipeline (VCP) in late-2018. Owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc., VCP’s transport capacity is half the average daily output of the entire Eagle Ford Shale Basin and more than ten percent of the average daily production of the entire state of Texas. That amounts to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of clean-burning natural gas for south Texas homes and industry – and 27 million Mexican consumers.

While accomplishing these unprecedented milestones, the port went about quietly setting new tonnage and revenue records in 2018, the most recent complete reporting period.

For the second year in a row – and three of the last four years – the port set new high-water marks of success with 11.3 million short tons of total cargo and $24,209,767 of unaudited total operating revenue.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Steve Tyndal, senior director of business development and marketing for Brownsville Navigation District, holding aloft the Port of Brownsville’s 2019 Directory.