The public terminals of the Port of Beaumont experienced another record year with a 7.6% increase in tonnage. The Port of Beaumont’s 2020 tonnage numbers for the public docks and wharves exceeded 7,000,000 for the first time in Port history.
“The Port has never been more productive and it’s as a result of teamwork, planning and diversification,” says Port Director Chris Fisher “We have a small team, but more than 450 years of combined experience.”
Over the last year, the Port of Beaumont spent $11.5 million toward the completion of the following capital improvement projects:
- Phase I of the Main Street Terminal 1 Dock Rehabilitation project (construction in progress)
- Repair of the grain elevator embankment
- Carroll Street Bridge project (construction in progress)
- Engineering and design for the new rail interchange track
- Dredging of the Island Park Terminal
- Shoreline stabilization at the Main Street Terminal
- Design of the Orange County Security Access Control Center
- Replacement of the fenders at Harbor Island with eco-friendly composite fenders
- Improvements to lay down areas within the port
- Engineering and design for the Port’s new truck queuing area
- Engineering and design for the Grain Dock Rehabilitation project
To sustain the level of growth experienced over the last several years, the Board of Commissioners approved a $248.8 million Capital Improvement Program that consists of 19 projects, more than half of which are underway. While the pandemic has caused economic decline in many areas industry-wide, the Port of Beaumont’s cargo volumes remain strong. Year-over-year, the Port of Beaumont experienced a 38.2% increase in liquid bulk cargo, 14.1% increase in bagged goods, 49.2% increase in military cargo and a 42.7% increase in project cargo, resulting in a 7.6% increase in tonnage overall.
With planned expansions that will benefit the local economy, the future of the Port of Beaumont is bright.