Container operations in Port Houston are booming, exceeding all expectations of pre-pandemic growth. In the first quarter of the year, it processed only 900,000 TEU, which is an increase of 20 percent compared to last year’s record first quarter.
The port says it will soon adapt to accommodate all other traffic. In March, the port was released from port charges for ships waiting at anchor for transit, allowing them to rest while waiting. This speeds up the flow of cargo operations and helps the port transport cargo to its terminals faster. Port Houston has also recently added another hour to the gate plan and will open opening hours on Saturdays from June. In addition, it increased the terminal’s infrastructure schedule, such as doubling the port’s capacity at Barbours Cut Container Terminal last month.
Port Houston has experienced similar floods that have increased volumes in other US ports. Los Angeles and Long Beach recorded their most active first quarters in the first three months of 2022, and volumes in major East Coast ports such as Savannah and Port of Virginia were also strong.
To ensure long-term growth, Port Houston and the federal government will spend $ 1.1 billion to expand and deepen the port’s shipping routes. The project is approved and receives regular revenue from federal funding and should be completed by 2025. This will allow unlimited entry and exit routes for larger container vessels and tankers simultaneously.
In late December, Port Houston also received a $ 18 million federal grant from the Maritime Administration to expand the Bayport Port Container Terminal. This grant will help create another 39 acres of garden space.
In addition, according to the JOC, the leading US railway line BNSF is testing intermodal rail transport to and from the port of Barbours Cut Container Terminal. The terminal has not had a railway operation since 2019; the new rail container option will provide customers with shipping and new opportunities to deliver goods to the Midwest.