THE Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has approved a contract for three new US$35 million neopanamax electric
dockside cranes for the Bayport Container Terminal's Wharf 5.
The three new ship-to-shore cranes are
expected to be operational in the summer of 2021 and will be the tallest
to date at the port of Houston, standing at 48 metres under the
spreader and will be capable of handling 18,000 TEU ships. The three
cranes will expand the port's fleet of ship-to-shore cranes to 29 in
The port also authorised ship channel expansion work that includes
"critical-path" professional services for engineering, design and
project coordination. The widening and deepening of the ship channel is
required for improved safety and the future growth of regional and
national commerce, reported the American Journal of Transportation.
The port authority has proposed an expedited schedule whereby dredging could start by 2021 and the project be completed in 2024.
Said Port of Houston executive director Roger Guenther: "Our facilities
have handled close to 30 million tons of cargo through August, an
increase of seven per cent over last year as both container volumes and
steel have maintained their upward trends in 2019."
Container throughput in the first eight months of the year totalled two
million TEU, representing a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent. Mr
Guenther said he expects to the port to handle three million TEU by