Transportation

Located on the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast, Hitchcock is a prime geographic location, situated halfway between Houston and Galveston with easy access to Deepwater Ports, Industrial Hubs, Major Highways, Railroads, International Airports, and Heliports.


The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours by ship from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is consistently ranked:

  • 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage;
  • 1st in U.S. imports;
  • 1st in U.S. export tonnage;
  • 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage; and is the nation’ s leading breakbulk post, handling 65 percent of all major U.S. project cargo.

The Port of Houston is made up of the public terminals owned, managed and leased by the Port of Houston Authority, and the 150-plus private industrial companies along the 52-mile long Houston Ship Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 12 pt,Bold, Font color: Red Channel. Each year, more than 200 million tons of cargo move through the Port of Houston, carried by more than 8,000 vessel and 200,000 barge calls.


Establishment

What began as not much more than a trading post in 1825 has grown to over 850 acres of port facilities today. Established by a proclamation issued by the Congress of Mexico on October 17, 1825, while the land known as Texas still belonged to Mexico, the Port of Galveston became the oldest port in the Gulf of Mexico west of New Orleans.

City Support

Galveston and its port have always been intertwined. Galveston was founded to take advantage of a prime natural location. In reports, Galveston was called the best natural harbor that the colony of Texas had to offer.

Timeline

View a timeline of the Port of Galveston's history.


Port Freeport came into being more than 100 years ago when the first jetty system was built in Freeport, Texas. Since that time, the Port has become one of the fastest growing ports on the Gulf Coast, and we are currently ranked as the 26th largest port in the United States in terms of foreign tonnage.

Located just three miles from deep water, Port Freeport is one of the most accessible ports on the Gulf Coast. Our central Texas location offers efficient transportation via highway, railroad or intercoastal waterway, and our 400-foot-wide, 45-foot-deep channel ensures a fast, safe turnaround.


The Texas City Port is located immediately off the Houston Ship Channel at the main entry to the Houston Ship Channel. It is the 9th largest deep water port in the U.S. and getting deeper. The Texas City Ship Channel is in the process of being deepened to a depth of 45 maintained feet (roughly 49 feet of total depth).

Port of Texas City - Texas City Terminal Railway Co.

our 400-foot-wide, 45-foot-deep channel ensures a fast, safe turnaround.


  1. Clover Field Airport (LVJ): 18 miles away with a 21 minute drive
  2. Ellington Field (EFD): 20 miles away with a 25 minute drive
  3. Baytown Airport (HPY): 28 miles away with a 37 minute drive
  4. P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 21 miles away with a 22 minute drive
  5. Houston Southwest Airport (AXH): 37 miles away with a 48 minute drive
  6. Scholes International Airport (GLS): 22 miles away with a 32 minute drive
  7. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 49 miles away with a 1 hour drive

Republic Helicopters is located in Hitchcock centered on the FM 2004 Corridor. Always on standby, Republic Helicopters is prepared to meet your helicopter transportation needs. From your ship’ s arrival until your ship’ s completion, Republic is the most resourceful and responsive helicopter service available.

Westwind Helicopters, Inc. has been proudly serving the U.S. energy industry for many years, providing premium fight services for onshore and offshore oil & gas operations. Westwind has a core philosophy of providing the highest quality service and safety to our clients and to our community.