Port Houston orders more cranes

HOUSTON: September 26, 2019. The Port of Houston Authority has ordered three Neopanamax electric cranes at a cost of US$35 million for delivery in 2021 and to work Bayport’s Wharf No.5.

The ship-to-shore cranes will stand 48 metres under the spreader and be able to handle 18,000 TEU-sized container ships. The three cranes will bring Port Houston’s fleet to 29.

“Operationally, our facilities have handled close to 30 million tons of cargo through August, an increase of 7.0 percent over last year as both container volumes and steel have maintained their upward trends in 2019,” said Port Houston executive director Roger Guenther.

The number of TEUs handled for the first eight months of the year totalled close to two million, an increase of 11 percent year-on- year. Guenther added he expects the total to nearly three million by the end of this year.

A new Asia 2M/ZIM service began on September 15 with the arrival of the MV Northern Guild at Bayport from Xiamen with calls at Yantian, Busan, Panama Canal, Houston, Mobile, Tampa, Manzanillo and Balboa with 10 4,000 – 6,800 TEU vessels.