Executive director Roger Guenther said in a report to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority that container activity remains solid, with growth of 14 per cent year on year.
"We expect to surpass the 2.4 million TEU container mark by the end of this year," Mr Guenther said.
He noted that this will be a milestone achievement for the port, particularly since it lost time and labour hours due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
"Steel volumes continued to trend upward, totalling 3.4 million tonnes, reflecting a 57 per cent increase compared to the same period last year," Mr Guenther noted.
Actions taken by the port commission included its approval to reissue and amend port authority tariffs Nos 8, 14 and 15, covering the Turning Basin Terminal, Barbours Cut Terminal and Bayport Container Terminal, all effective from January 1, 2018.
The commission also approved to amend an agreement with Konecranes Finland to purchase one more diesel electronic yard crane. This additional crane will increase the purchase order to 10 new cranes for the Bayport Container Terminal, a statement from port authorities said.