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anywhere in the U.S.”

The port is one of the few

deep-water ports with large land parcels for development. “The additional new steel plant will spur further growth,” said the spokesperson, “As the oil and gas markets recover, new developments in liquefied petroleum gas and petrochemical plants are expected to spur further breakbulk movements.”

Port of Galveston

The Port of Galveston had to deal with more than the pandemic this year. On August 25, it was attacked by Hurricane Laura and had to close, but three days later it was up and running again. “We have an exceptional emergency response


that worked diligently to assure the safety of the port’s property and its people,” said CEO and Port Director Rodger Rees. Breakbulk is big business

at Galveston, making up over one-quarter of the cargo handled at the port. “To retain breakbulk business and to win new business, we need to invest in waterfront infrastructure and in land to move and store cargo,” said Rees. The port has plans to

invest in repairing berths, increasing

channel depths,

and expanding laydown acreage. The port is seeking $45 million in grants from the State of Texas to help fund a $117-million expansion of the West Port Cargo Complex. By 2040, 370 acres in Galveston will be used for port operations, 70% more than in 2018. Wind turbines figure

prominently in the port’s breakbulk business plan, and the sector set a new record in March. In recent months, wind cargo operators and a stevedoring company leased land at the port to meet growing demand for wind cargo laydown space.

Port Houston

Port Houston is the largest gateway for breakbulk steel imports

in the nation, but

2020 has not been kind on that score. The 1.6 million tons of breakbulk steel received

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through July was 43% off 2019’s pace. “COVID-19 has had its breakbulk

especially as it relates to oil production


projects,” said Dominic Sun, the port’s trade director.


greater impact has been the Section 232 tariffs prior to the pandemic and the protracted trade dispute between China and the United States.” Port Houston is coping by

diversifying its commodity portfolio and attracting more heavy, high, and wide cargoes, machinery, and wind energy equipment. “We handle our share of wind energy equipment,” said Sun, “especially for wind farms in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and north and west Texas.” The port has successfully

attracted aggregates in recent years, a new commodity sector for the port, and continues to seek business in the pulp and lumber sectors. Port Houston is currently

conducting a

study to determine the next infrastructure developments that will be needed to attract new commodities.

Port of San Diego

In fiscal year 2020, 83,059 metric tons of breakbulk cargo moved through the Port of San Diego, 3.7% of the total. This represented a decrease of 16.7% compared to the year before, when the port handled 99,747 metric tons. Despite these figures,


Greg Borossay, principal for maritime business development at the port, describes the port’s breakbulk and project cargo business as “very robust.” Wind tower, blade, and


turbine volumes are on the upswing in San Diego. Over the summer, the port


delivery of 220-foot windmill blades, the longest pieces of cargo ever processed at the Port of San Diego. “We don’t anticipate a drop-

off in breakbulk and project cargo, but if the effects of COVID-19 extend for another year, we would be negatively affected,” Borossay said. In July 2018, the port

secured a three-year contract with G2 Ocean, a breakbulk shipping company based in Norway, which delivers

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Last summer, the Port of San Diego took delivery of 220-foot windmill blades, the longest pieces of cargo ever processed at the port. (Port of San Diego photo.)

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steel to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. “The port is working on securing a new liner service to and from Asia,” he said. The first phase of a Tenth modernization


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