Port of Brownsville Recognizes Schaefer Stevedoring with 2021 Chairman’s Award

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — December 14, 2021 — The Port of Brownsville presented Schaefer Stevedoring with its 2021 Chairman’s Award in honor of the company’s achievements throughout its 30 years of operation.
Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez presented the award to Ken Schaefer, president and owner of Schaefer Stevedoring, on Dec. 14 during the annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Rancho Viejo Convention Center in Rancho Viejo.


Headquartered at the port, Schaefer Stevedoring is an international stevedoring company providing shipping services within the maritime and port logistics industries of the United States and Mexico. The family-owned company currently employs 85 staff members at its Brownsville headquarters.


“Throughout the past 30 years, Schaefer Stevedoring has been an integral part of the port’s logistical operations,” said Chairman Lopez. “Through their expanding networks, reliability and safety, the company has proven to be an asset to the Port of Brownsville, seamlessly forming ties with companies, in the United States and Mexico, for the benefit of the region.”


Strengthening their networks on both sides of the border, Schaefer offers fully integrated steel and general cargo logistics services out of Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Dallas, Altamira, Tampico, and Veracruz. Additionally, over the last couple of years the company has expanded to provide covered storage and all related logistical requirements for cargo with truck yards in San Luis Potosi and Monterrey primarily for the steel industry.


In July, Schaefer Stevedoring marked 30 years of doing business at the Port of Brownsville. The company was founded in 1991 by Ken Schaefer after he purchased the former company Philen Shipping Company.


“Schaefer Stevedoring has enjoyed a great degree of success due to the hard work of a lot of good people, some fortune and first-class personalized service,” said Schaefer.


The Chairman’s Award is an annual award highlighting the achievements of port tenants in the areas of business growth, leadership, job creation, customer service, innovation, safety, and community involvement.

About the Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville is the only deepwater seaport directly on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the largest land-owning public port authority in the nation with 40,000 acres of land. It transships more steel into Mexico than any other U.S. port. With many projects currently in the works, the Port of Brownsville is transforming the Rio Grande Valley by creating positive investment opportunities and new good paying jobs.





Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez, left, presents the 2021 Chairman’s Award to Ken Schaefer, president and CEO of Schaefer Stevedoring, during the Port of Brownsville’s annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon held Dec. 14, 2021, at Rancho Viejo Convention Center.



Pictured from left to right: BND Commissioner John Wood; BND Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez; Schaefer Stevedoring President Ken Schaefer; BND Vice Chairman Ralph Cowen; BND Secretary of the Board Esteban Guerra; and Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano at the Port of Brownsville’s annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon held Dec. 14, 2021, at Rancho Viejo Convention Center.