The Port of Galveston has announced a strong first quarter driven by substantial general cargoes volume and more cruise calls.
General cargoes, specifically wind energy increased by 3,691 percent year-over-year when compared to March 2018, increasing the year-to-date figure to 2,200 percent over the same period of 2018.
The Port handled year-over-year tonnage increases in March 2019 for bananas/fruit, bulk grain, and roll-on roll-off cargo. Bananas/fruit were up 2 percent, bulk grain 7.9 percent and ro-ro cargo rose 27 percent over March 2018.
“Cargo business is alive and well in Galveston!” said Port Director and CEO Rodger Rees. “We anticipate a substantial increase, especially in wind energy, due to two project agreements in effect until the end of 2019. These cargo results combined with an additional 27 cruise ship calls in 2019, should keep our revenue growth strong throughout this year and into 2020. Our team is working together toward another successful year.”
Additionally, the Port handled 42 lay vessel visits for March 2019, resulting in an increase of 68 percent year-over-year from the same period in March 2018 for an overall increase of 80 percent year-to-date. These lay vessel port calls accounted for more than $849,000 in revenue this year.
Lay vessels are those visiting the port for unscheduled reasons, whether that is for repairs or changing crew members, stores or more frequently, U.S. Coast Guard exams.