Port of Port Arthur
Backstory and Context
In 2000, the Port of Port Arthur completed an expansion that included all the operating features needed by the maritime industry making it the ultimate direct transfer facility for international shipping. Taking less than two hours from sea to transit, it is a critical transfer facility for North America with its positioning on the Gulf of Mexico allowing it to competitively handle any type of commodity.
The existing shed was duplicated and extra-large hanger type doors were added to give the forest products industry the finest transit shed to protect newsprint, linerboard, wood pulp, paperboard, plywood and lumber. State of the art lighting was added to provide around-the-clock safe traffic. An enclosed rail and truck apron was built for all-weather operations. A storm water drain system was also put in throughout the apron dock.
An extension was added to an existing 50 car dockside providing the metals industry with more capacity to hold an additional 100 rail cars for direct transfer. An asphalt surfaced also gave the industry 18 more acres for storage.
The total length of the dock is 3,102 feet. There is 518,400 square feet of shed storage in the Port. The Port Rail System consist of 3 wharf tracks that can hold up to 150 rail cars. Two shed tracks offer an addition 80 car capacity and a six track storage yard provides another 140 car capacity. Connected to the KCS Railroad, the Port provides direct intermodal service to and from major markets in the United States and Canada. Interstate highways provide convenient access for truck transportation. The Port is equipped to handle any type breakbulk general cargo