Harlingen port director honored

HARLINGEN — The director of the Port of Harlingen has been honored with a certification from the International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals.

Walker Smith was among 14 inland port managers who received professional accreditation from the association at a recent management seminar in Granite City, Illinois.

Smith received his Inland Maritime Port Executive professional certification from the association.

Smith joined the Port of Harlingen in 2014 and since then the facility has added four new tenants and managed the logistics of adding an annual tonnage increase of exports and imports from 600,000 toms to over 1.5 million tons.

In the past five years under Smith’s direction, the Port of Harlingen has experienced a 64-percent increase in revenues even as expenses have been reduced by 32 percent.