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Port of Houston Authority Still on Pace for a Record Year

[ November 3, 2015   //   ]

No Tariff Rate Increase for 2016
“Operations continue to perform efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our customers and stakeholders that use the Port of Houston Authority facilities,” stated Executive Director Roger Guenther in his report to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority at its regular monthly meeting in October.
Guenther also shared in his report that the container terminals, which handle the majority of cargo tonnage crossing Port Authority wharves, continue to operate at record levels with loaded container units growing 14 percent versus this time last year.  “The Port Authority is expecting to surpass 2 million TEUs this year for the first time in its history,” Guenther announced.
This month, the Bayport Container Terminal recorded the highest number of gate moves ever in a single day for either of the Port Authority container terminals at 4,300 transactions.  Customers still experienced excellent service levels including low truck turn times.
In its commitment to provide cost and service advantage through efficiencies to its customers, the Port Commission accepted the staff’s recommendation for tariff rates to remain the same in 2016. At the same time, Port Authority staff committed to improving efficiencies, maintaining a high level of service and continuing to fund infrastructure investments.
The Port Commission demonstrated its commitment to invest in infrastructure with the award of rehabilitation work at Wharf No. 2 and three dockside electric cranes at Barbours Cut Container Terminal.
Additionally, the Port Commission approved entering into a Feasibility Coast Share Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for improvements to the Houston Ship Channel and tributaries to accommodate future ships and increases in maritime commerce. The Port Authority was one of three ports in the nation selected for a congressional study for potential improvements. “We are investing in the future as we prepare for opportunities ahead to strengthen the Port of Houston’s position in the Gulf,” said Guenther.