Port Houston Sets Records With Increased Container and Steel Volumes
At Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal the planned expansion of the truck gate is set to begin after approval of a contract for the work by the Port Commission.
The project consists of about 23 acres of new pavement at the existing Barbours Cut Terminal. Demolition of existing pavement and structures, new pavement, construction of two new building and new electrical, drainage and utilities are the major components of the work.
The Port Commission awarded a contract on Monday, not to exceed $39.7 million to Archer Western Construction, which is the top-ranked proposer among four finalists. A total of 53 companies downloaded materials about the project.
At Port Houston overall container volume continues to break records, with an increase of 12 percent as compared to last year, Executive Director Roger Guenther told the commission during its meeting. Nearly 1.5 Million TEU have been handled by Port Houston facilities through the first half of 2019.
Nearly 70 percent of all containers that move through the U.S. Gulf of Mexico is handled by Port Houston and volume is growing rapidly due to surging demand for imports and a robust export base driven by petrochemical and resin markets. Strong demand has attracted new services and made upgrades of existing services the norm at Port Houston. Earlier this month, the 2M Alliance which is comprised of Maersk and MSC, the world’s first and second-largest ocean carriers, announced a new Trans-Pacific all water service to call Houston starting in mid-September, with Houston as its first port of call after crossing the Panama Canal.
Steel movements into Houston’s multi-purpose terminals at City Docks, Woodhouse, Care and Jacintoport also continues to be strong and are up 14 percent for the year
“Overall business continues to be strong through our port,” Guenther said. “We look forward to that continuing for the rest of the year.”
Port Houston’s commission also awarded a professional services contract for disparity study consulting services. Griffin & Strong was awarded with the reward after its proposal was deemed by staff to offer the best value to Port Houston.