The Port of Corpus Christi, a cornerstone of Texas’s maritime industry, has ushered in a new chapter with the appointment of Kent Britton as its CEO. Britton, known for his extensive experience with top-tier raw materials producers, has been the interim CEO since June, following Sean Strawbridge’s departure.
Upon his appointment in September, Britton remarked on the evolving global energy landscape. He emphasized the critical role Texas plays in safely and efficiently transporting fuels and chemicals worldwide. “The future holds immense potential for our customers and the community. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this evolution,” he stated.
The Port’s achievements in recent years are noteworthy. With the rise of the “Shale Revolution,” the Port has become a primary hub for US crude oil exports, particularly from the Permian Basin. Data from RBN Energy highlights the Port’s dominance, handling over half of the Gulf’s crude exports in August 2023.
Moreover, the Port has successfully secured funds for a pivotal channel deepening project. This initiative will deepen the channel at Ingleside, allowing for increased loading capacities into Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs). The project’s completion will also facilitate the full loading of Suezmaxes, enhancing the Port’s operational capabilities.
Beyond crude oil, the Port is exploring opportunities as a “hydrogen hub,” supporting methanol and ammonia movements, both emerging as significant maritime fuels. The Port is also being evaluated for funding by the US Department of Energy, emphasizing its strategic importance in the energy sector.
Charles W. Zahn, Jr., Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission, praised Britton’s financial expertise and vast experience. “Kent’s leadership will undoubtedly guide the Port towards a prosperous future, fostering strong partnerships with our clientele and the communities we serve,” he said.
In related news, Strawbridge, who had significant ties within the charterer domain, stepped down as Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Paul Anderson, Chairman of the Port of Tampa Bay, will assume this role. Additionally, Chris Connor, AAPA’s CEO, announced his upcoming retirement in October.
With these changes, the Port of Corpus Christi is poised for continued growth, leveraging its strategic position in the global maritime industry.