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Issue 7 2020 - FBJNA

the port with heavier loads,”

said Scher. The Port of Baltimore is

also moving forward with major infrastructure projects, including the dredging of a second 50-foot berth. Since 2017, the State of

Maryland has awarded two

wind energy

projects, the first of which is expected to become operational by the beginning

of 2023. These developments could add to the wind energy equipment being handled at the port. The port is optimistic

about adding to its portfolio of breakbulk cargoes in the coming years. According to a recent report from the Maryland Ports Administration, a recent trend has shown an interest from roll-on/roll-off ocean carriers handling breakbulk


and project cargo. As the port is the top U.S. roll-on/roll-off port, that provides additional means to handle breakbulk.

Port of Brownsville

Wind energy cargo is a growing breakbulk category at the Port of Brownsville. In 2019, the port received “seven or eight” such shipments, according to Steve Tyndall, the port’s senior director of marketing and business development. “This year, we’re already at twenty,” he said. Steel is the biggest

breakbulk cargo at the port, and volumes have grown this year. Steel coil is up an impressive 23% year to date, while slabs are up over 1%. The recent completion of a flat rolling steel mill in Mexico could double the port’s steel volume over four years. “Steel is a good cargo for

us and is getting better,” said Tyndal. Earlier this year, the Port

of Brownsville acquired two new mobile harbor cranes to increase the port’s on-dock lifting capacity. “Ninety-five percent of what those cranes do is handle steel slabs,” said

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Steel coil volumes at the Port of Brownsville are up 23% this year. (Port of Brownsville photo.)


Wind-energy equipment is an important breakbulk cargo at the Port of Galveston. (Port of Galveston photo.)

Tyndall. Shipbuilding-related cargo

is another major breakbulk category at the port. Keppel AmFELS, a port presence for 30 years, has transitioned from oil rigs to shipbuilding and is now constructing two container vessels for Pasha Hawaii. “We’re receiving a lot of additional steel and machinery for these vessels,” said Tyndal.

Port of Corpus Christi

The Port of Corpus Christi has seen a slight decrease in vessel arrivals recently, thanks to the pandemic. The port expects volumes to return to 2019 levels by the end of 2020. “The port likely will

experience an uptick in project cargo in the next few months due to new developments in the region, such as the new Steel Dynamics Plant in Sinton, Texas,” said a port spokesperson. The port has received some

new wind components this year, such as nacelles, hubs, and rotors. This represents a change from past trends, in which shipments consisted primarily of wind blades and towers. The port is projecting a

spike in wind-energy related cargo during the fourth quarter as the federal tax credits phase out. “Luckily,” said the spokesperson, “the port has improved additional laydown areas and added rail track to support the delivery of breakbulk cargo

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