Ports & FTZs: Expand The Reach Of Commerce

Support from federal and local governments has allowed ports across the United States to increase its import and export capabilities. 

Port Freeport Is Expanding On The Texas Coast

Located in Brazoria County, Port Freeport has $460 million worth of infrastructure projects in place to expand its capabilities to serve and bring in commerce through the Freeport Harbor Channel. There are already many advantages to Port Freeport with it being the shortest deepwater channel on the Texas Coast with an hour transit from pilot station to inner harbor; state-of-the-art marine infrastructure including a container terminal and rail terminal; over 350 acres ready for development are located adjacent to the Port; and Foreign Trade Zone #149 spanning both Brazoria and Fort Bend County, two rapidly growing counties in Texas.

Port Freeport
Port Freeport is the shortest deepwater channel on the Texas Coast. (Photo: PORT FREEPORT)

One of the infrastructure projects under construction is Berth 8, which is part of the Velasco Container Terminal Expansion Project. Berth 8 will add a 927’ dock extension plus an 85’ RORO ramp to the existing 800’ berth. This $144 million investment by the Port will be put into service by June 2023. Port Freeport’s Velasco Container Terminal currently has two Post Panamax Gantry and the port plans to add two more cranes by 2025 and two more by 2027. Port Freeport recently completed the acquisition of about 100 acres adjacent to the container terminal which will permit future expansion.

Along with the new berth, there are more strategic initiatives in place to broaden the already diverse cargo portfolio of Port services. One being the Freeport Harbor Channel deepening and widening project which, by 2025, will make Port Freeport the deepest channel in Texas with 56’ depth allowing for larger vessels to transit the channel safely and efficiently.

Visit www.portfreeport.com for more information.

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