And just like the early years saw much progress, proving that the benefits of deepwater transportation justified the long challenge to build a port, the present also is proof that the best is yet to come for the Port of Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley.
The Port of Brownsville is a vital asset to the regional economy. An economic impact study by Martin Associates released in 2019 reports the port is responsible for more than 51,000 jobs and $3 billion in annual state economic activity, with more than 8,500 regional workers directly employed by activities of the port.
The port continues to seek opportunities to grow and its leaders know investing in infrastructure is key to its future success.
Such is the case with cargo Dock 16, which opened in 2015. The new heavy-load capacity dock enhances the port’s cargo handling assets and adds versatility to keep pace with growing demand for managing multiple commodities.
In 2019, construction of a new Liquid Cargo Dock 6 and improvements to Liquid Cargo Dock 3 and the Bulk Cargo Dock were finalized and are currently in operation. The port also added two new additional mobile harbor cranes to its inventory to meet the increasing workload of scheduled windmill and steel projects.
There is no doubt that Commodore Cobolini’s dream of establishing a dynamic center of industrial, commercial, and shipping activity has proven to be a bold reality: The Port of Brownsville, the port that works.