GALVESTON — The Port of Galveston’s governing board today will consider whether to hire a consulting firm — at a cost not to exceed $300,000 — to help make infrastructure improvements and attract cargo and other business to the west end of the public docks.
The Wharves Board of Trustees in a special meeting will consider entering into a professional services agreement with Laredo-based Phoenix Port Partners.
The staff request comes as the port seeks ways to cut costs as expenses rise and revenues decline. Belt-tightening has included limiting travel, a hiring freeze and not giving cost-of-living raises to the port’s 80 or so employees.
Phoenix Port Partners would have among its duties helping find financing for such projects as filling in slips and building piers so ships could tie up on the port’s west end.
Phoenix Port Partners also could help the landlord port find tenants, such as a container terminal operator for the west end, and make recommendations for infrastructure improvements, port Director Mike Mierzwa said.
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