The Port of Port Arthur Navigation District of Jefferson County is the port authority. Located two hours from North America's major Gulf of Mexico trade routes, the Port of Port Arthur can handle any type of commodity, and it is an outstanding facility for direct transfer of international cargoes.
The Port of Port Arthur has trade relations with ports in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe, Central and South America, the Caribbean region, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Canary Islands.
In 2000, the Port of Port Arthur completed an ambitious expansion project to meet the demands of the changing maritime trade industry. A new transit shed was completed to store and protect forest products that include newsprint, wood pulp, linerboard, plywood, paperboard, and lumber. The existing 50-car dockside rail was expanded to accommodate 150 rail cards to facilitate direct transfer of metals products, and a new paved open storage area of 7.3 hectares added.
The Port of Port Arthur contains 946 meters of docks, including one dock of 424 meters with two berths, one dock of 522 meters with three berths and apron width of 31 meters. The roll-on/roll-off deck in the Port of Port Arthur is 25 meters wide.
The Port of Port Arthur contains a total 48.2 thousand square meters of shed storage and over 68.7 thousand square meters of open asphalt-paved storage. The port is served by three wharf rail tracks with 150-car capacity, two shed tracks with 80-car capacity, and six storage yard tracks with 140-car capacity.
The Port of Port Arthur is served by connections to the KCS Railroad, enabling direct intermodal service to major markets across the United States and Canada. The port also has direct access to the interstate highway network.
The Port of Port Arthur can handle any kind of breakbulk general cargo, including iron and steel products, forest products as well as dry bulk cargoes, military and project cargoes, and a variety of bailed and bagged cargoes.
The Port of Port Arthur is located at the center of the barge routes of the Intracoastal Waterway that runs from Brownsville, Texas, to St. Marks, Florida. The ship channel is deep enough to accommodate the largest cargo ships and petro-chemical tankers.
The Port of Port Arthur offers a full range of maritime services, including pilots, stevedores, ship chandlers, and transportation professionals. The Port of Port Arthur contains US government offices, marine chemists and surveyors, travel and steamboat agencies, and custom house brokers. Port of Port Arthur facilities include public warehouses, privately-owned terminals, motor carriers, marine fueling stations, drumming facilities, and marine transportation.