Port of Galveston
The Port of Galveston is one of Texas’ major seaports. As a self-supporting enterprise not relying on any local tax dollars for operations, the Port generates current annual operating revenues of approximately $33.1 million, and provides an annual estimated economic impact to the State of Texas of over $3.82 billion.
The Port of Galveston, a Landlord Port with facilities and property approximating 850 acres on Galveston Island and adjacent Pelican Island, facilitates the movement of a diverse mix of domestic and international cargoes that deliver value to the region and the state. Situated on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Interstate Highway System (I-45), the Port is also served by the two major western Class 1 railroads, the BNSF Railway Company and the Union Pacific Railroad. The Galveston Ship Channel has an authorized depth of and is currently maintained at 45 feet, with channel widths up to 1,200 feet. The Port serves the cargo, cruise and offshore oil and gas industries simultaneously.
One of the top fifty ports in the nation and one of the busiest seaports in Texas, the Port moves an average of 6.7 million short tons of cargo each year. This includes export grain, fertilizer and other dry and liquid bulk products, wind turbine towers, blades, nacelles and other components, high and heavy cargoes, project cargoes, new, used and personally owned vehicles, agricultural machinery, construction equipment and numerous other types of roll-on/roll-off cargoes, household goods, refrigerated fruit and produce, liner board, military cargo, livestock and some containerized cargo. The Port maintains Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) terminal facilities in both the east and west end areas of the Port, currently serviced by six regular Ro-Ro shipping lines. Nearly all of the Port’s facilities have direct access to the Port’s terminal railway services, Galveston Railroad, LP, which interchanges with the Class 1 railroads.
The Port of Galveston is also the Grantee for Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 36, an Alternative Site Framework (ASF) Zone with activated sites located on Galveston Island Port facilities, Pelican Island and other locations in Galveston County.