Gulf ports expanding their way to bigger profits

FREEPORT, Texas — Located in southeast Texas where the Brazos River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, Port Freeport is one of the ports best poised to accommodate bigger ships crossing the enlarged Panama Canal, officials say.

It is one of several ports that have embarked on massive expansion projects in recent years, anticipating more traffic and larger vessels coming through the canal.

“The canal’s expansion is a big part of our growth,” Cecil Booth, project engineer at Port Freeport, told...

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