The refrigerated warehouse facility at Port Corpus Christi has was designated as surplus property in August of 2014. The warehouse was once used for refrigerated cargo including meats, fruits, and veggies. As transport methods for these types of products changed, so did the need for this type of storage. The warehouse was briefly leased by a local meat packing company before its surplus designation.
Additionally, removal of the refrigerated warehouse from Port Corpus Christi's Cargo Dock 10 will support the alignment and construction of the new Harbor Bridge, set to begin construction in the near future.
As the warehouse and all associated equipment was designated as surplus, Port Corpus Christi released a Notice to Bidders in accordance with applicable Texas Municipal Code. Two sealed bids were submitted regarding the purchase of this property. The highest and best bid being from the Port of Santa Marta, Colombia in the amount of $410,000 resulted in the sale of the property to the Colombian port.
The Port of Santa Marta will utilize services of McAllen based, Texas Descon, in the inventory and dis-assembling of the structure for transport to Colombia.
The Port of Santa Marta, Colombia, and Port Corpus Christi have a sister port relationship. Representatives of Port Santa Marta feel that the refrigerated warehouse will be well served in Colombia as they handle large flows of refrigerated cargo.
Corpus Christi Caller Times - Port sells aging refrigerated warehouse
Declining oil prices have not signified a slow down in ship traffic at Port Corpus Christi. Record ship traffic for the year 2014 continues on pace towards another banner year for 2015.
As the United States continues its major role in international oil production, refiners along the shores of the South Texas port continue to ramp up production. Oil prices are at a low that hasn't been seen in many years, but demand is high.
Over 100 million tons of cargo sailed through Port Corpus Christi in 2014 with even higher projections for 2015. A recent audit predicts over 101 million tons for 2015 with a projected $82.5 million in operating revenue.
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Research and development for efficient logistics of wind turbine components is occurring at a top port for U.S.A. wind power.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railways have announced successful testing of new fixtures designed to move blades more efficiently. Port Corpus Christi is one of the top points for import and export of wind components, and holds an integral role in testing of these blade fixtures.
In teaming up with engineering and design firm, Energo, BNSF has developed a universal fixture to handle blades by rail and ocean going vessels. This will provide the ability for blades to enter port by rail and be directly loaded to a ship, and vice versa with out necessitating a switch in fixtures. These universal fixtures are developed to handle blades of any size, and have proven to increase efficiency in multiple tests at Port Corpus Christi.
Additionally, Transportation Technology Services (TTS) has developed a High Density (HD) Universal Blade Train fixture allowing a 33% load increase, and has tested this on multiple trains leaving Port Corpus Christi for a Kansas wind farm project.
Port Corpus Christi continues to hold a major logistics role in international energy diversification.
BNSF Rolls Out Fixtures to Improve Wind Turbine Logistics - North American WindPower
BNSF Logistics and TTS cut wind blade transport costs - Composites World
At the La Quinta Trade Gateway at Port Corpus Christi, construction of the world's largest and most advanced Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) plant is well underway. Steel construction of the 136 meter high tower supporting the reduction shaft, or metallurgical reactor, is advancing. This will be the heart of the voestalpine Texas operation where South Texas natural gas will function as an agent in creating purified iron briquettes. In turn the briquettes will be exported and used in the production of high quality steel components. Dock construction along the shores of the deep-water La Quinta Ship channel is also advancing at a timely pace.
The construction phase of the voestalpine Texas project at the Port Corpus Christi La Quinta Trade Gateway is ontime and expected to wrap up by December of 2015.
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A visionary leader will retire with 27 years of service at Port Corpus Christi. Managing Director, Frank Brogan, announced his retirement effective February 2, 2015. Port Corpus Christi and its surrounding region have grown by leaps and bounds during Mr. Brogan's tenure. Much of the greatest infrastructure projects allowing this growth are a direct result of his vision. Prior to Frank's addition as a full time employee of our port, he served as a consultant in many important port projects.
Frank Brogan led the planning for future growth of Port Corpus Christi with projects such as the 52-foot channel project, the new Harbor Bridge, and the La Quinta Terminal. He helped reorganize Port Corpus Christi's Security Department and held a key role in the new strategic plan and organizational plan for Port Corpus Christi.
As Frank Brogan moves towards the future with his retirement, he leaves a great legacy that prepares Port Corpus Christi and South Texas for a prosperous future.
The Port Commission of Port Corpus Christi is expected to consider a nationwide search for his replacement at the January 13, 2015 commission meeting.
Further reading on Mr. Brogans retirement:
Port of Corpus Christi's Managing Director retires - Corpus Christi Caller Times
Port Corpus Christi MD Retires - MarineLink.com