Port Freeport Renews Partnerships


Published Dec 14, 2017 9:50 PM by The Maritime Executive

In response to a growing economy and an increasing demand for port services, Mammoet USA recently doubled the size of its site at the Port Freeport, Texas. The port is close to several of the heavy lift firm's job sites, and the expansion will help Mammoet to handle and distribute equipment for its projects on the Texas Gulf Coast. With a channel depth of 45 feet, a 630-foot-long berth, 10 acres of space and a 600-ton crawler crane, the site is well suited to Mammoet's logistics needs – including its needs for handling imported heavy lift cargo. 

“There is strong economic expansion in the Gulf Coast area and our customers are looking for the most efficient ways in which their plant construction and site maintenance can be accommodated. As many heavy and oversized components are sourced from outside the USA, Mammoet USA sees an increased demand for factory-to-foundation, transloading and laydown services. We are happy to be able to offer this additional capacity," said Patrick van der Meide, Mammoet USA South's VP of sales and marketing.

Separately, Port Freeport recently renewed its MOU with the Panama Canal Authority, extending the joint marketing partnership that the two organizations have shared since 2012.  “After [the New Panama Canal's] opening, Port Freeport welcomed its first Neopanamax ro-ro vessel in September of the same year, and since then the Port has experienced a significant difference in traffic patterns with 62 additional sailings that transited the expanded canal with most of the ships carrying LPG, chemicals and ro-ro cargo," said port CEO Phyllis Saathoff. 

In addition, Port Freeport terminal partner Freeport LNG – which is now in its third year of construction – will soon be the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in Texas once it is fully operational in 2019. Port Freeport says that most of the product is destined for Asian buyers, and LNG carriers departing Texas will most likely transit the New Panama Canal on their way to Pacific markets.