Corpus Christi, TX, USA - The long standing refrigerated warehouse at Port Corpus Christi is completely dismantled, and well on the way to its second life of service to Port Santa Marta, Colombia. An agreement amongst the sister ports, Port Santa Marta and Port Corpus Christi, was reached in early 2015. Now completely disassembled, the warehouse components are loading to the vessel, Onego Rotterdam, en-route to Port Santa Marta, Colombia from Port Corpus Christi, Texas. In support of the alignment and construction of a new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Port Corpus Christi committed to remove the refrigerated warehouse in 2014. On August 12, 2014, the Port Commission approved a Resolution designating the Refrigerated Warehouse Facility and associated furniture, fixtures, and equipment as surplus property.
Deconstruction was completed by a local contractor. The facility is completely disassembled, and following shipment to Colombia will be completely reassembled as a new refrigerated warehouse at Port Santa Marta. “As we remove the refrigerated warehouse at Port Corpus Christi to accommodate further growth with a taller Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, it is great to know the warehouse will provide further beneficial use to Colombia through Port Santa Marta,” says Judy Hawley, Port Corpus Christi Commission Chair. “This news is historic for our country’s international trade and infrastructure. Colombia handles large flows of refrigerated cargo, but did not have a port that holds all of these features. Without a doubt, this will be the greatest capacity and efficiency of the country, and service large volumes of cargo through the terminal and for Colombian Export,” says Mauricio Suárez Ramírez, Port Santa Marta CEO.