Port of Beaumont
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The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County was created by the Texas Legislature in 1949 as a government entity. The Port of Beaumont Navigation District covers an area of almost 39 thousand hectares (150 square miles), and it includes the City of Beaumont. District voters elect the six-member Board of Commissioners to act as a board of directors for the Port of Beaumont. The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County is responsible for improving navigation, developing maritime shipping and related commerce, and for developing and maintaining wharf and dock facilities in the Port of Beaumont.

Through the Sabine-Neches Channel, Sabine Lake, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Port of Beaumont is connected to national and worldwide waterborne commerce. The Sabine-Neches Channel is at least 122 meters (400 feet) wide and 12.2 meters (40 feet) deep. The Port of Beaumont turning basin is 335.3 meters (1100 feet) in diameter.

In 2008, over 400 vessels called at the Port of Beaumont carrying over 3.2 million tons of cargo that arrived or left on over 7700 trucks and/or 24 thousand rail cars. The Port of Beaumont is served by three major railroads and five highways. In 2009, Port of Beaumont authority facilities handled a total of almost 2.9 million tons of cargo.

The Port of Beaumont's primary activates entail the import and export of bulk and breakbulk cargoes. Imported cargoes coming to the Port of Beaumont include forest products, steel, project cargo, and aggregate. Exported products are dominated by bulk grain, forest products, potash, and project cargo leaving the Port of Beaumont. In addition, the Port of Beaumont is the busiest port in the United States for both import and export of military cargo. The major trading partners for the Port of Beaumont include Canada, Brazil, Russia, Iraq, China, Peru, Chile, Norway, and Nigeria.

The Port of Beaumont has over 90 acres of all-weather open storage space at the south side of the port. The Port of Beaumont also owns hundreds of acres on the east bank of the Sabine-Neches Waterway that it uses for open storage. A new 198-meter (650-foot) cargo wharf is being constructed there by the Port of Beaumont.

  • Bulk and breakbulk terminals

The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County owns and operates the Harbor Island Marine Terminal to ship and receive foreign and domestic conventional and containerized general cargo. The wharf has berthing distance of 573 meters (1880 feet) with alongside depth of 11 meters (36 feet). The transit shed at the rear of this Port of Beaumont wharf has a two-truck and a three-truck platform, and there is an open storage area of 810 square meters (8712 square feet) on the apron at the ends of the transit shed.

The Port of Beaumont Harbor Island Marine Terminal also has easy access to 27 acres of open storage. Two surface rail tracks are located on the apron, and two platform-level tracks serve the transit shed. A platform-level track serves the end-ramp at the open storage yard. The rail service at the Port of Beaumont Harbor Island Marine Terminal connects with the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroads.

The Port of Beaumont's Main Street Wharves (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) have combined berthing distance of 856.8 meters (2811 feet). These wharves share two transit sheds with 2.5 hectares of covered storage and 2.8 acres of open storage. "Big Clyde," the Port of Beaumont's 60-ton gantry crane serves these wharves.

Wharves 2, 3, and 4 are owned and operated by the Port of Beaumont Navigation District to ship and receive foreign and domestic conventional, containerized, and roll-on/roll-off general cargo and dry bulk commodities. These Port of Beaumont wharves have combined berthing distance of 422.1 meters (1385 feet) with alongside depth of 11.6 meters (38 feet).

Vessels at the Port of Beaumont's Wharves 2, 3, and 4 moor in the west portion to transfer roll-on/roll-off cargo to the adjacent northeast side of Wharf 1. The vessel mooring at Wharf 1 is capable of stern-to-ramp connection to the west Wharf 2. The wharves have one 3-truck and one four-truck platform at the transit shed. A 45.7-meter (150-foot) platform for loading trucks is located on the apron. Two open storage areas adjacent to the wharves cover about 2.7 acres, and the wharves share about three acres of open storage with Wharves 5, 6, and 7. These Port of Beaumont wharves are served by two surface rail tracks on the west side of the apron, by two platform-level and two surface tracks at the rear of the apron, and one track at the end ramp at the open storage area. These connect with the Union Pacific, BNSF, and Kansas City Southern railroads.

The Grain Wharf in the Port of Beaumont is owned by the navigation district and leased and operated by Louis Dreyfus Corporation. Used for shipping grain, the Grain Wharf has berthing distance of 335.3 meters (1100 feet) with alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet). With 60 concrete silos, the grain elevator has capacity for 3.5 million bushes and a loading capacity of 80 thousand bushels per hour. The Port of Beaumont Grain Wharf is contiguous with the Carroll Street Wharf. Two surface rail tracks serve undertrack pits. A loading spout joins the wharf with the storage yard with capacity for 296 rail cars. The tracks connect this Port of Beaumont facility with the Union Pacific, BNSF, and Kansas City Southern railroads.

The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County owns the Carroll Street Wharf and operates it with Trans-Global Solutions under the name Beaumont Bulk Terminal. The Carroll Street Wharf in the Port of Beaumont ships and receives foreign and domestic conventional and containerized general cargo, lumber, and steel products. It also receives aggregate by self-unloading vessel. This Port of Beaumont wharf has berthing distance of almost 290 meters (950 feet) with alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet).

With the Carroll Street Wharf Extension and the contiguous Grain Wharf, this Port of Beaumont facility offers a total berthing distance of 437.4 meters (1435 feet). There are two sheds offering one hectare of covered storage and about five acres of open storage at the rear of the transit sheds. The Port of Beaumont Bulk Terminal operates a receiving hopper and can store over 77 thousand tons of aggregate and some of the pig iron received at the Carroll Street Wharf Extension. The Port of Beaumont Bulk Terminal is served by one rail track that extends to inside the transit sheds and one surface track at the rear of the transit sheds that connects with the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and BNSF railroads.

The Carroll Street Wharf Extension in the Port of Beaumont is used to receive pig iron and to ship and receive dry bulk commodities like wood ships, potash, and soda ash. The extension also ships and receives conventional and containerized cargoes. With alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet), the mooring stations have berthing distance of 83.3 and 289.6 meters (270 and 950 feet). Operated jointly by the Port of Beaumont Navigation District and Beaumont Bulk Terminal, the Carroll Street Wharf Extension wharf face is contiguous with the Carroll Street Wharf and the Barge Wharf. The 18.3-meter (60-foot) concrete apron offers load capacity of 800 pounds per square foot.

The Port of Beaumont Bulk Terminal operates the ship-loading tower, car pits, and floating crane that also serve the Barge Wharf. It also stores as much as 100 thousand tons of pig iron at the Carroll Street Wharf. Doing business as the Neches River Terminal, Trans-Global Solution stores as much as 120 thousand tons of wood chips in a seven-acre concrete-paved open storage area at the rear of the Carroll Street Wharf Extension in the Port of Beaumont. The wharf has one surface rail track at the rear of the apron and two surface rail tracks in the open storage area, one of which serves two undertrack pits. The rail tracks connect with the BNSF, Kansas City Southern, and Union Pacific railroads.

  • Ro/Ro terminals

The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County owns and operates the Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal Ramp Wharf to ship and receive foreign and domestic roll-on/roll-off, conventional, and containerized general cargo. There are three berthing stations at this Port of Beaumont facility. With 12.2 meters (40 feet) alongside depth, the first and third stations have berthing distance of 122 meters (400 feet) and 82 meters (25 feet). The second berthing station has berthing distance of 121 meters (400 feet) with alongside depths of 9.1 and 10.7 meters (30 and 35 feet).

The Port of Beaumont's Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal Ramp has a 12.2-meter (40-foot) wide roadway that can accommodate over-sized cargo. Located near the Harbor Island Marine Terminal Wharf, vessels moored at the roll-on/roll-off wharf can be transferred by a straight-stern ramp. There is a 1.6-acre marshaling area at the rear wharf that is shared with the Barge Wharf. Five surface rail tracks in the marshaling area join tracks at the Port of Beaumont's Harbor Island Marine Terminal and connect with the Union Pacific, BNSF, and Kansas City Southern railroads.

The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County owns, and operates jointly with the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, Wharf 1 to ship and receive foreign and domestic roll-on/roll-off general cargo and to moor government-owned vessels. One station has berthing distance of 175.6 meters (576 feet) with alongside depth of 9.1 meters (30 feet), and one station has berthing distance of 22.9 meters (75 feet) with alongside depth of 11.6 meters (38 feet). Perpendicular to Wharves 2, 3, and 4 in the Port of Beaumont, vessels moored here can transfer roll-on/roll-off cargo by stern ramp to Wharf 2. There is open storage of about one acre on the wharf. One surface rail track at the rear of the wharf joins Port of Beaumont trackage and connects with the BNSF, Union Pacific, and Kansas City Southern railroads.

The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County owns and operates the Barge Wharf to moor barges waiting to be unloaded and to moor the port's floating crane. With alongside depth of four meters (13 feet), the Barge Wharf has berthing distance of 45.7 meters (150 feet). Part of the Barge Wharf overlaps and shares the marshaling area with the Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal Wharf. One surface rail track at the rear of the wharf joins Port of Beaumont trackage and connects with the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and BNSF railroads.

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