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Accomplishments Of The Port Of Corpus Christi

During The Tenure Of Ruben Bonilla

Commissioner 1998-2010

Chairman: 2002-2010


  • Construction of the Port’s $60 Million Security System
  • Construction of Port’s Security Command Center
  • Construction of the Fulton Corridor
  • Construction of Major Interchange at Carbon Plant Road & IH-37 for Tuloso Midway ISD
  • Federal Authorization of Channel Improvement Project
  • Removal of Tule Lake Lift Bridge
  • Construction of the Ortiz Center
  • Permitting for La Quinta Trade Gateway Project
  • Construction of Cotton Compress Facility at La Quinta
  • Project Partnership Agreement with the Corps of Engineers for the La Quinta Channel Extension
  • Sale of Port Property to the City for Whataburger Field
  • Completion of Mary Rhodes Pipeline
  • Completion of the Loop Rail Track at the Bulk Terminal
  • Improvements to the Military Storage Yard & Rail Access (AI Speight Yard)
  • Dredging of Bulk Dock 3 for Military Layberth
  • Construction of the Water Taxi Dock
  • Railroad Master Plan
  • Environmental Cleanup of Harbor Island
  • Installation of Vessel Traffic Information System
  • Expansion of the Port’s Cargo Storage Yards

Awards And Citations

  • Designation as a Strategic Military Port
  • AAPAAwards for Public Relations and Environment
  • Environmental Management System Certification
  • Federalization of the Rincon Canal
  • Member, 2030 Committee to Study Texas Transportation Needs
  • Participant and Speaker at the 2006 US-Cuba Energy Summit in Mexico City
  • Participant and Speaker at US-Cuba Business Conferences in Cancun (2002) and Havana (2003)
  • Panelist at US-Cuba Trade Conferences in Savannah, Georgia, and Tampa, Florida
  • Lecturer at Emerging Trade with Cuba at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.
  • Panelist at the Free Trade Alliance Conference (“Preparing for the Expansion of the Panama Canal”) at the Port of San Antonio


  • MPO Transportation Policy Committee Chairman
  • Marketing Initiatives in South America, Central America, Mexico, China, etc.
  • Trade Shipments to Cuba
  • Travel Representing the Port
  • Support of GulfIntercoastal Water Way Between Corpus Christi and Lower Rio Grande Valley
  • Advocate of Better Intermodal Connections for the Port (1-69, Port-to-Port, etc.)
  • Dialogue with China, i.e., TPCO
  • Development of Wind Turbine Cargo Business
  • Board of Directors for the Free Trade Alliance
  • Participation with Laredo Chamber of Commerce in PCCA / Laredo Corridor Meetings
  • Periodic Meetings with then U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, to Discuss
  • Increased Cargo Opportunities
  • Testified before Texas Legislature on Numerous Port Bills
  • Testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Support of Free Trade with Cuba
  • Worked to Increase the Number of Stevedoring Firms Serving the Port of Corpus Christi to Develop a More
    Competitive Environment for Cargo and Services
  • Negotiated the Inclusion of the Chilean Navy Tall Ship Esmeralda in Sail South Texas 2010


  • Purchase of the La Quinta Property
  • Purchase of Property from the Driscoll Foundation for Construction of the Fulton
  • Corridor and the Proposed Viola Rail Yard
  • Purchase of the Fireboat
  • Purchase of Additional Property Next to NSI
  • Purchase of Security Marine Patrol Boats


  • Military Layberth Contracts
  • Privatization of the Corpus Christi Public Elevator (ADM Lease)
  • Texas Treasure Lease


  • Transfer of Naval Station Ingleside to the Port at No Cost (Kay Bailey Hutchison Legislation)
  • Agreement with Texas A&M to develop Naval Station Ingleside
  • Improvements to Major Dock Facilities
  • Revisions to Port Investment Policy
  • Revisions to Port Health and Dental Benefit Plans
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom Deployment Cargoes
  • Numerous Oil Dock Maintenance and Improvement Projects
  • Redevelopment ofNueces Bay Power Plant by TOPAZ
  • Expansion of the Foreign Trade Zone
  • Harbor Island Master Plan
  • Provided Representation from San Patricio County on Port Commission
  • Establishment of a Port Police Department
  • Partnering with Port Aransas on GLO Coastal Erosion and Protection Grants
  • Rincon Industrial Park Plans
  • Cruise Terminal Study
  • Legislative Changes
  • Establishment of Port Wellness Program
  • Reorganization of Port’s Senior Management to Increase Efficiency and Expand Cargo
  • Development
  • Increase Financial Support of Corpus Christi EDC, San Patricio EDC, and Chamber of Commerce to Expand
  • Business and Tax Bases.

Vision Of The Future

  • Replacement of the Harbor Bridge
  • Deepening and Widening the Ship Channel
  • Completion of the La Quinta Trade Gateway Terminal
  • Full Reutilization of Naval Station Ingleside
  • Widespread Diversification
  • New Cargoes from the Expanded Panama Canal
  • Startup of TPCO Steel & Pipe Plant with Direct Highway Connection to La Quinta
  • Startup of Las Brisas Plant
  • New Industry Along the Fulton Corridor
  • Improve Highways in South Texas (SH-44/59, SH-77, and IH-69)
  • Construction of Major Rail Interchange Yard Along Fulton Corridor
  • Completion of the Engineering School at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
  • Widening and Deepening of the Ship Channel
  • Establishment of the Port as a Homeport for a Major Cruise Liner (Once Harbor Bridge is Elevated)
  • Continued Redevelopment of the Northside, Beginning with the Completion of
  • Improvements on Port Avenue from IH-37 to the Museum Centers
  • Economic Reformation of the Rincon Canal to Revitalize Corpus Christi Beach
  • Establishment of the Port as a Permanent Military Layberth Center
  • Full Industrial Development of the Driscoll Foundation Property
  • Full Utilization of the Refrigerated Warehouse Under Private Management to Expand
  • Meat and Vegetable Exports to a Free Cuba and Parts of Latin America
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