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Capital Enhancements to Support Rapid Growth

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on April 14, 2022 at 3:18 PM

Unprecedented demand for cargo has impacted the entire supply chain causing record amounts of cargo. Port Houston is moving historic cargo volumes, but it is not without growing pains. That is why Port Houston is investing a total of $1.1 billion in capital enhancements over the next eight years to better serve our customers.

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Topics: cargo, infrastructure, containers, construction, operations, improvements

The After Life of a Container

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on March 7, 2022 at 2:07 PM

Did You Know? A twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU), a container, a box - no matter what you call it, it is the most efficient way to move cargo overseas. As Marc Levinson notes in his book The Box, it has “made the world smaller and the world economy bigger,” allowing cargo to flow freely and economies to become international players. The standard TEU is 20 feet long by eight feet high, made of heavy duty, weather and corrosion-resistant steel running vertically, with two doors on its side. When empty, it can weigh 2.24 metric tons and loaded up to 26 metric tons.

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Topics: container, Houston, community, containers, history, art

E-Commerce Triggering Need For Distribution Centers Near Port Houston

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on November 10, 2020 at 10:44 AM

More online shopping trends mean more goods moving across Port Houston’s docks, and the need for additional space to store that cargo. Thus, we are seeing distribution centers in the Port Houston region being built to keep up with demand.

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Topics: imports, exports, general cargo, freight, refrigerated cargo, business development, containers

How Port Houston Preps for Hurricane Season

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on October 14, 2020 at 2:46 PM

Days before Hurricane Laura stormed the coast between Louisiana and Texas with sustained winds up to 150 miles per hour, Port Houston maintenance workers busily went about the task of protecting assets and securing facilities from the much-anticipated stiff winds. This is necessary anytime a storm as ferocious as Hurricane Laura enters the gulf and threatens the gulf coast’s biggest container facility. While Hurricane Laura spared Houston this time, this was a big wake-up call for what may come.

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Topics: hurricane, emergency management, disaster, recovery, containers, maintenance, Emergency Response

U.S. Department of Transportation MARAD Grant Awarded to Port Houston

Posted by Port Houston on January 23, 2020 at 11:58 AM

Caption: Container-on-barge transiting along the Houston Ship Channel.

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Topics: maritime, ports, Houston, transportation, containers

Big, New Ship-to-Shore Cranes Authorized by Port Commission

Posted by Port Houston on October 30, 2019 at 7:40 AM

Caption: Neopanamax cranes at Bayport. Three additional cranes are expected to be operational in 2021.

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Topics: maritime, cranes, ports, Houston, containers

Port Houston’s 2018 Container Business Booming

Posted by Port Houston on November 14, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Port Houston exceeded the two million TEU mark in September. Container volume at Port Houston’s container terminals remains vigorous as cargo movement continues to lead last year’s pace showing a 10 percent growth through the third quarter.

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Topics: maritime, Houston, trade, business, containers

Port Houston Continues on Record Pace

Posted by Port Houston on October 9, 2018 at 1:12 PM

Caption: The Port Commission at the port's September public meeting.

The investments being made at Port Houston continue to pay off. As a result of the completion of the widening and deepening of its Bayport Channel and work on what’s known as the Bayport flare, Port Houston is seeing larger and larger vessels calling its container facilities.

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Topics: maritime, ports, trade, containers, operations

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