Port Houston registers 9 percent increase in cargo handling
December 13, 2017: Port Houston terminals has reportedly handled about 35 million tonnes of cargo during November, thereby registering a nine percent increase as against the same period last year.
Roger Guenther, executive director of Port Houston who submitted his report recently to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority indicated that the key drivers for this growth include containers and steel imports.
“Steel volumes have continued to trend upward, totaling 3.4 million tonnes and reflecting a 57 percent increase compared to the same period last year,” said Guenther.
The container activity remains solid, showing a growth of 14 percent year-on-year.
“We expect to surpass the 2.4 million TEU container mark by the end of this year,” Guenther added.
He noted that this was a milestone achievement for the port, especially considering challenges including loss of time and labor hours due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
Meanwhile, the Port Commission has approved amending Port Houston’s agreement with Konecranes Finland, to purchase yet another diesel electronic yard crane, bringing to a total of 10 the number of new yard cranes headed to Bayport Container Terminal.