Business, Freight News, Sea

2 Million TEUs: New Record Set by Port of Houston Authority

[ December 15, 2015   //   ]

As of December 10, the Port of Houston Authority has surpassed 2 million TEUs handled for 2015, setting a new record and solidifying its position as the leading container port on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The unprecedented performance so far in 2015 beats the previous record of 1.96 million TEUs set for all of last year. The milestone was highlighted today during a brief ceremony at the Port Authority’s Bayport Container Terminal.

If the containers were laid end to end, two million TEUs would reach more than 7,575 miles, or approximately the distance between Houston and Shanghai, China.

“We are so pleased to witness this significant milestone in the port’s history as we continue to strive to advance the Port of Houston and solidify its position as America’s distribution hub today and for generations to come,” Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria said.

Projections indicate continued strong growth in containers moving across Port Authority docks in coming years. The Port Authority has continued to invest in its facilities and the newest technology to help spur growth and serve its customers.

About $700 million is being invested by the Port Authority over the next decade modernizing the Barbours Cut Container Terminal to increase efficiency, facilitate larger vessels and double the container handling capacity.  Among other improvements, four new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore wharf cranes that were delivered this year are now in operation.

At the newer Bayport terminal, a state-of-the-art truck entry gate has streamlined truck processing, and a user-friendly mobile app for truck drivers has increased efficiency.  Recently, the Port Authority processed a record 4,300 trucks in one day at Bayport, which opened in 2007 and is being built out according to its master plan. The terminal continues to show excellent service levels and low truck turn times.