A Day to Support Our Ports: United for the Future
GALVESTON, Texas -The Port of Galveston is proud to mark April 4th as Western Hemisphere Ports Day. Led by the American Association of Port Authorities - under the banner “United for the Future” – the Port of Galveston joins hundreds of ports in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to highlight and celebrate the value of ports. The day acknowledges the port industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity, and its commitment to education, training and environmental stewardship initiatives on behalf of the communities we serve across the Americas.
This is especially true at the Port of Galveston. As one of the top 50 ports in the nation and one of the busiest in Texas, the Port moved 4.2 million tons of cargo and had over 1.7 million cruise passenger movements in 2016. From this activity, the Port generates over 13,500 jobs in Texas and with the completion of several major capital projects in 2016, jobs associated with Port operations are expected to grow. Marine cargo activity at both the public and private marine terminals, including the cruise industry, generated approximately $2.3 billion of economic activity within the State of Texas in 2015.
The Port of Galveston also plays an active role in the community. In May, the Port hosts its annual National Maritime Day event. Besides recognizing the contribution of the maritime industry to our nation’s heritage and economic vitality, this day provides an opportunity to introduce Galveston’s youth to an “All Things Maritime” event with a visit to Pier 21, the Elissa, Texas A&M’s training vessel General Rudder and Sea Scout Base Galveston’s Bay Smart Express as well as the Offshore Rig Museum and the Pier 21 Theater. On June 9th, the Port will host an open house in Cruise Terminal 2. The open house will enable the public to browse exhibits about port operations, meet with Port staff and tour the terminal building. In August, partnering with the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Port will host a weeklong camp that provides an opportunity for over twenty rising 8th and 10th graders to learn more about the maritime industry.
On Ports Day, port leaders from across the hemisphere are gathering in Washington for their Annual Spring Conference to discuss how ports can best manage increasing freight volumes and remain successful in a dynamic global economy, among other challenges. Most importantly, port leaders will also continue their collaboration on ways our industry can lead the way in terms of job creation and economic growth. Locally, like ports worldwide, the Port of Galveston has an ongoing commitment to remind our community and its leaders about the important role we play in our community and as a vital link to the global economy. The volume of cargo shipped by water, as well as the number of passengers traveling through our seaports, is expected to dramatically increase by 2020. To meet these demands, we’re committed to keeping our ports navigable, secure and sustainable.
The Port of Galveston joins hundreds of Western Hemisphere seaports in celebration of Ports Day. On behalf of workers, farmers, employers, manufacturers and consumers everywhere, we are truly united for the future.
The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port handles over 1.7 million cruise passengers annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities comprise a combination of undeveloped property, an active ship and rig repair facility, and liquid bulk operations. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility with operating revenues of approximately $34 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.