“What’s New With CRA” Blog: Keeping the “Coast Clear” at Port Freeport | 09/01/2015
By: Laci Theriot
August 28, 2015
As the 26th largest Port in the United States, Port Freeport is a small Texas port doing big things. Just miles southwest of Galveston Island and neighbors to the Brazos River and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, some call it “The Little Port That Could.” The port began in 1925 after authorization from the Texas Legislature and still is a governmental entity today. With new expansions and construction, Port Freeport is growing. Their operations currently contain 186 acres of developed land, 18 operating berths, and a 45 ft. harbor channel with a 70 foot deep berthing area. Port Freeport is actively involved with maritime industry associations such as the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (LSHSC), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA).
Operated by the Brazos Harbor Navigation District, some of its tenants include Freeport LNG, Mammoet, and Vulcan Materials, but Freeport has a big private industry terminal presence- Enterprise Products, Dow Chemical, BASF, and Phillips 66. Their community relations efforts and service is well recognized by their Dockside Magazine, annual “Take-A-Child Fishing” tournament and Port Freeport Golf Tournament benefiting the Texas Port Ministry. The Port also ranks second in containerized cargo is 31st in the U.S. for total tonnage. Some of their top export countries include Brazil, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia and exports include autos, chemicals, clothing, foods, and paper goods. Upcoming expansion plans include a 1,300 multi-model facility and two 1,600 foot berths. It’s obvious that their leadership is moving forward by not just being innovative, but by building a port for the future.