Port of Victoria, Texas
The Port of Victoria is an inland waterway port situated on the Texas mid-coast and was opened in 1968 to serve the city of Victoria and the immediate region. It was developed as a shallow draft port to link the city of Victoria, Texas with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) which stretches over 1,000 miles from Carrabelle, Florida to Brownsville in Texas.
Victoria was instrumental in the development of the GIWW in 1905. In 1995, the navigable depth was increased to 12 feet and was widened to 125 feet to conform to the requirements of the GIWW. The port also has access to the deep water port of Port Lavaca.
Victoria handles shipments of crude oil and petrochemicals. In 2016, it processed 5,288,199 short tons of cargo including:
- Over 2 million short tons of chemicals
- More than 2.7 million short tons of sand and gravel
- Almost 500,000 short tons of farm products
At the last count, the port traffic included a total of 5,711 barges, 2,870 inbound, and 2,841 outbound. Its rail network transported over 220,000 barrels of crude oil.
Victoria offers excellent opportunities for business development with its transportation infrastructure. It has over 2,000 acres available for industrial development on sites that have access to rail transportation, barge canal, and four-lane highways.
Victoria is registered as a Texas Enterprise Zone which provides business developers with tax incentives. It is also located within a Free Trade Zone, giving it duty-free status by the government. All goods imported, stored or used for manufacturing may be subsequently exported duty-free.
All areas are secured by controlled access. Authorities have installed lighting and surveillance equipment to ensure the security of cargo and port traffic.
Under Title 29 of the U.S. Code, the port conforms to lighting standards that ensure the safety of workers. These regulations cover the illumination required on board vessels or dockside to provide safe working conditions. The areas required to provide sufficient lighting include:
- Walkways, stairs, tunnels, shafts, pumping stations and any areas underground or below deck
- All assigned work areas on board a vessel
- Land-based machine shops, tool and equipment rooms, warehouses and outdoor work areas
All employers operating facilities within Victoria must adhere to statutory requirements for the provision of first aid and medical services in the event of injury to their workers.
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