Brownsville Navigation District Starts Cruise Line Study

July 26, 2010

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, July 26 /PRNewswire/ — The Brownsville Navigation District (Port of Brownsville) announced that it has contracted for a preliminary feasibility study to determine its potential as a turnaround port or port of call for cruise ships, according to Donna Eymard, Deputy Port Director.

The Passenger & Shipping Institute and Maritime Directions Management Corp have been selected as consultants. Passenger & Shipping is headed by Jay Lewis, a recognized expert in the cruise industry. He will provide the marketing feasibility. Maritime Directions is led by Chuck Towsley, former Director of the Port of Miami. He will provide the hands on operational expertise.

Eymard said that this is a project that has been under consideration for some time and that the growth of the cruise industry makes the timing perfect. She noted that over the last ten years 118 new cruise ships have been added to the world fleet according to CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).

“We believe that the District is well positioned geographically to attract cruise ship operations and we are prepared to make it happen.” She continued to say that “As the study progresses, we will keep the industry updated.”

The Brownsville Navigation District is in the southwest corner of Texas near the resort area of South Padre Island and includes the Port of Brownsville.

SOURCE The Brownsville Navigation District

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