The Calhoun County Port Authority is governing body and operator of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort. Port Lavaca-Point Comfort serves Texas' mid-coast region by providing an outlet for ocean-going commerce to world markets. The major cargoes handled at Port Lavaca include petrochemicals, chemicals, agricultural fertilizers, and aluminum ore. High-value chemicals make up much of the export cargoes that travel all over the world.
The Calhoun County Port Authority is managed by a Board of six members elected from within Calhoun County. The port authority is the non-federal sponsor of the 38.6-kilometer Matagorda Ship Channel that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port Lavaca-Point Comfort Turning Basin. The port authority is responsible for maintaining the fiscal integrity of Port Lavaca, providing outstanding customer service, protecting the regions coastal and marine resources, and promoting economic growth.
Port Lavaca's liquid cargo terminal contains three docks that load and unload chemical, petroleum-related, and other liquid bulk cargoes. The facility contains a 335.3 meter long pier with two berths. A third berth for liquid cargoes is located at the multi-use general dock in Port Lavaca.
The general cargo facilities at Port Lavaca-Point Comfort handle breakbulk, containerized, and heavy-lift cargoes. The dock accommodates vessels to 228.6 meters long and includes a 2.3 thousand square meter warehouse and transit shed. The rear of the warehouse is connected by rail, and the facilities have direct highway access. Port Lavaca also has a barge dock nearby with out-loading conveyor.
Port Lavaca's barge terminal contains six slips available to multiple users. With multiple loading/unloading arms and other equipment, the berths have operating depth of 4.3 meters, dock of 3.7 meters, and generous pipe-rack capacity. Port Lavaca operates a public barge staging area west of the commercial barge docks that includes 10 mooring dolphins.
The Multi-Purpose Dock at Port Lavaca handles project cargoes, heavy equipment, and roll-on/roll-off cargoes as well as some dry bulk. The berth can accommodate general-purpose and specialized ocean going vessels with a 216.7-meter fendered bulkhead. The dock also has 2.1 thousand square meter open storage area for cargo staging and consolidation.
Port Lavaca-Point Comfort and industrial facilities are linked to the Point Comfort and Northern Railway, a short line connecting to the Union Pacific main line about 32 kilometers north of the harbor.
Port Lavaca-Point Comfort is involved in several new initiatives to expand port facilities and capacity. One of these projects is expanding the turning basin. Other projects include a dry bulk unloading dock and the Calhoun Terminal for liquefied natural gas.