Cooper/T. Smith and Ports America merged their breakbulk operations in the Houston and surrounding ports into a new joint venture called Cooper/Ports America, LLC, which is referred to as C/PA. Operations commenced on October 1, 2016. Upon startup, C/PA acquired Shippers and Chaparral Stevedoring operations. Additionally, Integrated Marine Services (IMS) is also part of the joint venture.
The combined businesses of Ports America, Cooper/T. Smith, Shippers Stevedoring and IMS positions C/PA as the premier full-service stevedore, terminal operator, container yard storage, and maintenance and repair company in the Houston area market with operations at City Docks, off-dock CFS in Bayport and Barbours Cut.