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Port of Port Isabel, Texas

The Port of Isabel is 36 feet deep and has an estimated tonnage of 50,000 tons. Employing 948 workers as of a 2014 Texas Department of Transportation report, it had an economic value of $85.6 million. The top commodities imported include concrete, sand, and aggregate as well as oil and seafood. Boat construction and repair companies are served as well. The complex is located at the southernmost point in Texas.

Next to the City of Port Isabel and South Padre Island, the facility affords access to several waterways. These include the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Brownsville Ship Channel, and the Port Isabel Channel. It is also in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. It spans 726 acres and has 45 acres of open storage, with 1,150 feet of deepwater docks and 2,100 feet of deepwater frontage. Two cargo, two oil, and one roll-on and roll-off docks are available.

There is no railroad service at the port, and air freight is handled at the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.

Facilities include:

  • The General Cargo Wharf where domestic and foreign cargo are received.
  • The Low Dock for boarding passengers and mooring cruise vessels, at the Isabel Turning Basin.
  • Port Isabel Cement Dock, with a 300-foot berthing distance and four acres of open storage.
  • The Roll-on/Roll-off Wharf where general cargo, vehicles, and heavy machinery are shipped and received.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Station at Isabel Piers, where government-owned vessels are moored, and a fueling pipeline is located.

Isabel has many facilities which could increase the injury risks to workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities on the job. Forklifts, tractors, trucks, and even automobiles can be involved. The common causes include unsafe equipment, inadequate traffic controls, obstacles, weather, improper illumination, fatigue, and others. Pedestrians on port premises are at risk as well, whether near drivers, equipment operators, or in container handling areas.

Other hazards exist as well, while accidents have occurred in the past. In September 2011, a barge struck the nearby Queen Isabella Causeway, collapsing part of the bridge and causing eight deaths. Operator negligence was determined to be a factor. The tugboat captain did not adequately prepare for a turn before navigating towards the bridge.

If you were injured at Isabel or on a vessel operating there, fill out our form and submit your information online to receive more information about how to seek compensation.

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