The Port of Victoria is a shallow-

draft port in Victoria, Texas. It opened in 1968 with the creation of a 35-mile barge canal linking Victoria to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which runs 1,050 miles from Texas to Florida. In 2002, the port completed a deepening of the canal to 12 feet, the same depth as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, to better facilitate traffic between the two. The port serves Victoria and the nearby regional area. It is connected by rail via Union Pacific, with trackage rights to both BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern; by road via U.S. Highway 59, U.S. Highway 77 and U.S. Highway 87; and by air to Victoria Regional Airport. 

Although the Port of Pensacola has had many advantages since its first use in the mid-1700s, since 2009, the oil and gas industry has been providing a boost to the port’s traffic. “Our primary customers are the service vessels that are involved in the offshore oil and gas construction side of the business, laying pipe and providing dive support for pipe-laying projects – all the support vessels for new oil and gas rig construction,” Port Director Amy Miller says.

It may not be as large as the portsof Seattle or Tacoma, Wash., but the Port of Everett says it is a thriving operation in the Puget Sound Region. Located in Everett, Wash., it is the state’s second-largest seaport by economic output and the fifth-largest port on the West Coast by export value.

An economic engine for Florida’s Broward County, Port Everglades is one of the nation’s most diverse seaports. Among the world’s busiest cruise ports, it is a leading Florida container port and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products. 

“We have tried to take a philosophy with customers that we will focus on being service-oriented,” Chief Executive and Port Director Steve Cernak says.

The North Carolina State Ports Authority is reporting a strong start to its fiscal year, as July container volumes at the Port of Wilmington were 26 percent higher than in July 2013. The port’s executives attribute this growth to more port calls in its Asian service lane, expanded service offerings in the Latin American trade lane, and increased tonnage in the European trade services lane.

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