GALVESTON — The Port of Galveston’s governing board today will consider whether to hire a consulting firm — at a cost not to exceed $300,000 — to help make infrastructure improvements and attract cargo and other business to the west end of the public docks.

The Wharves Board of Trustees in a special meeting will consider entering into a professional services agreement with Laredo-based Phoenix Port Partners.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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Centerpointe Moderator

Is the $300K all or nothing? Is it not possible for Port of Galveston to get a preliminary feel for their options from an initial assessment of more limited scope, moving forward with additional measures only if the initial 30,000-foot view makes sense? For the past several years now, I've been reading stories about other Texas ports aligning themselves and gearing up for the Panama Canal expansion. It would be a shame for Galveston to spend all that money only to find out that they are too late to the party to make playing catch-up worthwhile, if that did prove to be the case.

Marine One

The Port of Galveston never even made the news pre-cruise line industry. So their lack of leadership and vision lost them yet another cruise line deal. What's new? So other ports actually know how to run a business, and to generate new business. Hmm.
Galveston Islands economy and success rely heavily on our port. I think too many have become comfortable and complacent in doing nothing, yet cashing paychecks.
New leadership with goals and a vision of success are needed, not another excuse to throw even more money they can't afford into the bay.

Rich Gray

The Galveston port needs help, no doubt about that.

A few weeks back there was talk of a proposed cruise/cargo facility on Pelican Island. The facility makes sence to me, the location did not. In addition to the cost of the facility I can't help but think a new Pelican Island bridge would be in order but I never saw that addressed by anyone. Why can't this joint use facility be built on the west end of the port?

Also, let us not forget the debacle of an agreement between the Port of Houston and Galveston for the cargo facility at Pier 10 years ago. It was never used to full capacity (or any where even close) and the four cranes were FINALLY removed after years of nonuse. I believe that is a ro-ro facility now which is quiet as compared to a container operation.

As for the new Panama Canal expansion, is the Galveston harbor/channel deep enough for the draft of these super ships? Will the channel have to be dredged to accept these vessels adding yet more expense?

Let us do our best to keep what grain and bulk shipping business we have, put the proposed cruise/cargo facility at the ports west end and campain for more ro-ro business. Why can';t we become the main go to ro-ro facility on the gulf? We can currently handle those ships and it would be a much quieter operation than a container port.

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