Houston port to buy 3 new cranes, ship channel expansion works
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 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 total.
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 year-end.