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Offshore Injury Off The Gulf Coast in Texas


The state has a maritime industry as big as Texas – there are more than 1,000 port facilities with over 15,000 vessels coming into it each year. The traffic on Texas waterways accounts for 20% of the total ships coming into all of the ports in the US.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11,228,940 individuals are employed in the state. A large percentage of the industry in Texas focuses on ports/shipping activities and services related to those pursuits.

All the ports in Texas play a different role in the maritime economy, making the types of jobs and the companies associated with them incredibly diverse. When workers on the water or in ports are injured, federal maritime law rather than state workers’ compensation policy typically covers associated costs. Our team of dedicated Texas maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns PLLC can help you determine if your injuries are processed under a maritime statute and ensure you receive the compensation needed to recover from a maritime accident.

List of Ports in Texas

Every port in Texas is important for the state’s maritime industry. From the small rural hubs that serve as way stops and for regional transportation to the large operations that serve as intermodal access points for every type of cargo imaginable, each supports maritime trade in the state. A few of the major ports in Texas include:

Port of Houston

The Port of Houston, in our firm’s own back yard, stretches for 25 miles along the Houston Ship Channel near the Gulf. The port’s annual economic impact is more than $178 billion, and it primarily sees the transference of consumer goods, steel, plastics, and fertilizers. It is the country’s largest port for foreign maritime tonnage and ranks first in U.S. imports.

Over 150 private companies conduct maritime operations from the public terminals. There are many oil refineries along the channel where the Port of Houston is located. Volkswagen cars enter the United States through this port, and Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Michelin use the port as an activity hub.

Port Freeport

Freeport, on the coast, is responsible for almost $18 billion in annual economic impact. The port is known for its role in handling cargo, including clothing, food, and paper goods and services. This deep-water port is highly accessible, making it ideal for large vessels. It is the 26th largest port in the United States for foreign tonnage imports. BASF Corporation (chemicals), Phillips 66 (energy), and Dow Chemical Company all have private terminals here.

Port of Corpus Christi

The fifth largest U.S. port in overall tonnage, the Corpus Christi is a deep-water port on the western side of the Gulf. It is responsible for $13 billion in annual economic impact, but does not rely on government funding to operate, even though it is a public port. Cotton, one of the port’s first trade products, still passes through the port today, although the port handles more petroleum products, chemicals, and other bulk cargo today.

Port of Galveston

The port’s annual economic impact is roughly $3 billion, and the location serves as a major cruise docking location as well as an agricultural and food products and energy machinery hub. On the eastern side of the state, roughly 50 miles south of Houston, it is the fourth busiest port in the country and ranks as the third busiest in the cruise industry.

Other Texas Ports

With many more ports in the state and companies that do business on the waterways, the significant impact each location and business has on the maritime industry is clear. Growth projections say maritime workers and residents can expect the industry to become an even more integral part of the working economy. Ports in Texas include:

  • Port of Brownsville
  • Port of Port Arthur
  • Port of Texas City
  • Port of Atreco
  • Barbours Cut
  • Port of Beaumont
  • Port of Bay City
  • Jacintoport
  • Matagorda Harbor
  • Sun Marine Terminals
  • Port of Orange
  • Port of Palacios
  • Port of Pasadena
  • Point Comfort
  • Port of Port Isabel
  • Port Lavaca
  • Port Neches
  • Port of Sabine Pass
  • Port of Victoria

More Severe Accidents Than Other Industries

The diverse range of maritime activities in Texas increases the potential for accidents and injuries. Commercial fishing, oil production, and heavy equipment operation on land and on the water are all very high-risk jobs for injury. Although human error commonly is to blame for injury, the nature of the work makes accidents far more severe than in other occupations. Severe burns from offshore explosions and machine malfunctioning, slips and falls, and being struck in the head are commonly associated with the maritime trade. Depending on the location and the type of machinery involved, accidents range from minor to life-threatening or deadly.

Contact a Knowledgeable Texas Maritime Attorney

If you work at a small regional port or one of the massive operations on the coast, you are entitled access to knowledgeable legal counsel in the event of an injury. Our team at Lapeze & Johns PLLC handles maritime cases throughout Texas. If you suffer an on-the-job injury, our Port Accident Lawyer can help you understand your rights as a sailor or longshore worker, and we will fight to make sure you are compensated fairly for your accident.

Maritime accidents often leave individuals with numerous questions about the future. Our team understands federal maritime law and how it affects workers in Texas. We also represent clients in Louisiana maritime accidents, as well as Mississippi, Alabama, and throughout the Gulf Coast. Contact us today and let us help you answer your questions and get you the justice you deserve.