Houston Port Authority authorises new quay cranes and channel expansion
THE Houston Port Authority has authorised new ship-to-shore cranes as evidenced by signed contracts for three new neopanamax cranes for the Bayport Container Terminal, reports the American Journal of Transportation
THE Houston Port Authority has authorised new ship-to-shore cranes as evidenced by signed contracts for three new neopanamax cranes for the Bayport Container Terminal, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
The purchase was approved by the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, which also authorised 'critical-path' professional services for the Houston Ship Channel expansion project.
The US$35 million quay cranes are for Bayport's Wharf No 5, while the expansion of the ship channel, the busiest in the US, is needed for improved safety and the future growth of regional and national commerce.
'Operationally, 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,' said the port's executive director Roger Guenther.
Some two million TEU were lifted through August an 11 per cent year-on-year increase.
The three new ship-to-shore cranes are expected to be operational in the summer of 2021 and will be the tallest to date in the port, standing at 158 feet (48 metres) under the spreader and will be capable of handling 18,000-TEU ships. The three cranes will bring Port Houston's fleet of quay cranes to 29.
Also Tuesday, a new Far East all-water service calling Bayport was highlighted during the meeting, branded 'TP-88' by Maersk, 'Pelican' by MSC and 'ZGX' by ZIM calling at Xiamen, Yantian, Busan, Panama Canal, Houston, Mobile, Tampa, Manzanillo, Panama-Balboa and back to Busan with 10 ships of 4,000 - 6,800 TEU.