Port of Brownsville names new harbormaster
The Port of Brownsville has a hired a new harbormaster: Michael Davis, former director of operations at the Port of Palm Beach and former seaport superintendent at the Port of Miami.
Eddie Campirano, Brownsville’s port director and CEO, said the port is lucky to have landed someone with Davis’ professional experience, which spans more than 20 years in the maritime industry. Davis succeeds Tommy Alvarez, who served as Brownsville harbormaster for 33 years before retiring at the end of September. Davis began work at the Port of Brownsville Monday.
Port spokesman Manuel Ortiz said Davis was chosen from numerous candidates who applied after the port conducted a nationwide search for a new harbormaster. Davis will earn a salary of $71,177, plus benefits. Harbormaster duties include coordinating vessel activities, managing vessel traffic, and ensuring the safe and efficient handling of cargo, Ortiz said.
"The harbormaster’s office is very similar to a control tower at an airport," he said.
Campirano said the port is among the country’s leaders in steel imports and exports and is enjoying a good year financially. Total vessel traffic is up over 24 percent, and total cargo 12 percent, compared to the same time a year ago, he said. Also, operating revenues have increased over 17 percent during the same period, Campirano said.
"We are having a strong year and anticipate that trend to continue into the future," he added.