The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 57
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 57

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
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4, Btafeoftpoft Atea-Wlde, the Bftzospoft Facts. Ffeeport, Texas. Sunday, Sept.. 22. 1968 New warehouse is planned for Brazos Harbor The standout example of progress in 1968 by the Bratos River Harbor Navigation District is the new warehouse, which, when completed. will be as large as the two existing dockslde transit sheds and larger than the present warehouse. The new structure is being located north ot the transit sheds toward Freeport, facing an opening between the sheds. The cost of constructing the warehouse was estimated at $600,000 by Baker, Wachtstet- ter and Associates, Angleton consulting engineers. In addition to this cost, 140,000 is being spent for revisions to facilities serving an existing transit shed, and $201,574 for site facilities, including fill necessary for the new warehouse location. Total estimated cost for the project: $841,574. Commissioners believe the additional warehouse will take the load from present facilities and allow expansion in the field of fertilizer export. This expansion would hopefully increase harbor revenue to the point where such projects as channel realignment and jetty improvements — vital to the future growth of the port — would become financially feasible. In the past, large shipments of fish meal, which make up the bulk of harbor imports, have at times been slow to move to the interior. Filling up the transit sheds and the present warehouse, the fish meal left no room for possible fertilizer exports. Commissioners had been optimistic enough about expansion of fertilizer exports to buy a bagging machine to handle bulk shipments. But the bagging machine has been idle because of the space inadequacy. The new warehouse will add 60,000 square feet of space to handle fish meal storage and permit fertilizer shipments to move through the port. Two hundred and eight ships moved a total of 653.000 tons through Brazos Harbor, including the Dow Plant A and Phillips docks, in the first six months of 19G8. Accord- Ing to Dick Swenson, Navigation District general manager, this represents a big drop from the same period in 1967. The Navigation District's own facilities handled 44,833 tons through June this year, somewhat down from the 49,602 tons for the first half of 1967. However, Swenson points out that the banana shipments later lost to Gal vest on and a large shipment of concrete to Vietnam bolstered last year's figure. The 1968 tonnage includes 24,121 tons exported, about one-third fertilizer and the remainder Dow chemicals. Imported was 20, 712 tons, marie up entirely of fish meal. The fish meal, mostly from Norway, Peru, Panama and Chile, Is not a prestige item, but helps boost port revenues because of the greater amount of handling it requires of dockside facilities. The port had brought in $237.000 through the end of June, a drop of only 20Tc from the $287,000 earned in the first half of 1967. Again, the loss is due mostly to the lack of the banana shipments. Looking ahead to expansion, especially in fertilizer exports, Commissioners have ordered studies In port development and channel and jetty improvement. The US Corps of Engineers is conducting a study, expected to be complete before the end of the year, concerning the channel, jetties and turning basins. Their study calls for the widening and deepening of the entire Brazos Harbor approach and jetty channel: widening of the Brazosport turning basin and the formation of a turning basin where the channel comes off the Brazos River: realignment of one or both of the jetties: and the realignment of certain parts of the channel itself. According to the study, the jetty channel would be deepened to 40 feet and widened to 400 feet at the bottom and 1,200 feet at the surface. This would require repositioning the northern jetty, as the present channel Is only 600 feet In width at the surface and 200 feet at the bottom. Swenson estimates that these modifications would pro- TAKf NOM! A QUART «r PINT FROM TosUt Frttz A SWITCH ENGINE moves its boxcars along a siding and nestles them along- side Brazos Harbor transit shed for unloading. ',-V'i **$ t f 9 &W88&V fcj t -M- . •,. Progress Is Our Business We've seen a lot of progress in Brazosport since we first started providing electricity to this area. The area's changed. The good old days have become the bettter days. No matter what business you're in, it's our business to help you operate faster, easier, better. And, we like to think that we've helped the families of this area by providing dependable, low cost electric service for operation of the electric appliances that mean a higher standard of living for everyone. To-help make sure this progress never lags, we're planning today for your electrical needs ... five, ten ... twenty years from now. We'll be there ahead of time with plenty of electricity, because electricity powers progress ... and that's our business. Houston Lighting & Powqr Company ff fjJP j UitpjMiu;. inrotur uuK-d claim. M\H.C uHifjnv § „/ duce about u-iu million cubic yards of "spoil" - silt ma- terlals from the bottom of the channel-which must be deposited someplace. The District now owns or has spoil easements on land with a present capacity of only 2,050.000 cubic yards. Annual maintenance alone, producing about 600,000 cubic yards of spoil yearly, would use up this capacity In slightly over three years. Trying to meet the problem, the District has bought In recent years four tracts of land totalling 002 acres at a cost of $937,699. But this land will hold only an estimated G-7 million cubic yards of spoil, just two-thirds of the amount to be produced from the Improvements alone.. If this problem can be met the District should have open sailing. The hoped-for fertilizer trade should burgeon with the completion of the new warehouse, and Swenson believes there will probably be some profitable developments from the boom In offshore petroleum activity. CONTAINERS are unloaded Inside the transit shed to await being loaded onto a ship. Tills particular cargo wan concrete. bound for Vietnam. A NEW WAREHOUSE Is planned for erection on the loca- house which Is lhi> newest previous addition to thn harbor tlon outlined by white lines at the top of tin* photo of Brazos facilities. Harbor. The light colored building at far left Is a ware- WOODRUM & DUENSING HARDWARE 1947-1968 Hardware, Appliances, Guns and Sporting Goods YOUR MAYTAG DEAL!R PHONE 297-2151 LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS Handy, Helpful Hardware Store At your doorstep PROGRESS '68 GRADUAL BETTERMENT 1968 22 Years of Continual Progress! "LET'S DIG!" ...for gradual Betterment by Shopping and Saving at Woodrum & Duensing Hardware This Month's Special Round Point Long Handle SHOVEL!! t • t

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