The Port of Victoria

June 17, 2011 @ 03:27 PM -- by

As a Victoria Jones Act maritime lawyer, I am impressed with the improvements to the Port of Victoria. The Port of Victoria is a shallow-draft port which was originally opened in 1968. It was first dredged to a depth of 9 feet, and has since been dredged to 12 feet, which is the depth of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The Port serves the city of Victoria, which has a population of approximately 60,000, and the surrounding counties. It has a rail connection by Union Pacific, and has excellent road connections.

The Port of Victoria is a strong industrial center for the construction, chemical, steel fabrication and agribusiness industries. Fortunately, because of the Port’s excellent location, it should be able to take advantage of Texas’ energy-based economy. Indeed, the Port of Victoria should exhibit fairly strong growth with the expansion of oil and gas drilling in the area.

The Port of Victoria has a large turning basin area, which is over 2,000 acres. This is a very important safety feature. The lighting system means that cargo operations can operate all day and night. It also has twenty mooring sites available.

The Port has also completed an Industrial Park, which is located within a Texas Enterprise Zone and a Foreign Trade Zone. The foreign trade zone is a geographical area which allows both domestic and foreign commercial merchandise to receive the same Customs treatment if it were outside United States’ commerce. As such, merchandise of all varieties may be held in the foreign trade zone without being subject to Customs duties, as well as other ad valorem taxes.

In February 2005, the Port of Houston, which is the second busiest in the country in overall tonnage, and the Port of Victoria signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help facilitate barge traffic between them.

Contact Victoria Jones Act maritime lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one has been hurt in a maritime accident and need assistance. Mr. Nelson serves all of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.