August 29 - Earlier in August, Texas, USA based Port of Brownsville awarded the contract for the construction of Cargo Dock 16 to Shoreline Foundation Inc.

Pembroke, Florida headquartered Shoreline Foundation tendered the lowest and best bid for the construction of the dock, USD20.92 million.

The project is funded in part by a US Department of Transportation TIGER grant amounting to USD12 million. The Port of Brownsville will contribute the remainder of the funds for a total estimated cost of approximately USD26.7 million.

The money will be used to build a general cargo dock, as well as delivering road and lighting improvements.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank the Port of Brownsville Board of Commissioners and staff for putting their trust and confidence in us," stated Tony Royo, president, Shoreline Foundation. "I am sure that they will be very pleased with the quality and outcome of our work. We look forward to a successful project that the Port of Brownsville can be proud of for years to come."

Cargo Dock 16 will serve as the Port of Brownsville's second heavy load capacity dock, increasing the gateway's efficiency by minimising potential vessel delays. The gateway says that the development will also expand its ability to handle containerised cargoes and keep up with demand for the handling of bulk commodities.