Houston Ship Channel Shipping Returning to Normal After Chemical Spill
April 8 (Reuters) – Ships were moving inbound and outbound on Monday morning through an area of the Houston Ship Channel that had been contaminated by a March chemical spill, the U.S. Coast Guard said, further loosening restrictions on the waterway. A total of 49 ships – 28 inbound, 21 outbound – were waiting to transit the 53-mile (85-km) waterway between the busiest U.S. petrochemical port and the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, the Coast Guard said. Monday’s queue of ships is about normal for the channel, but a third of the backlog that built up within days following a March 22 spill of chemicals when a dam failed at Mitsui & Co Intercontinental Terminals Deer Park, Texas, facility, where a massive March 17-20 blaze consumed 11 giant storage tanks.
Port Houston Jumps To Top 5 U.S. Container Ports
Due to continued strong growth in loaded containerized cargo, Port Houston has surged higher in the rankings of the top container ports in the United States. Port Houston, which has been expanding rapidly in recent years, has climbed to become the fifth largest container port in the U.S., according to JOC Piers data covering the second quarter of 2018. Port Houston handled 1,057,964 twenty-foot-equivalent-units (TEUs) during that period and catapulted up from the sixth spot. Port Houston is outpacing trade for the U.S. as a whole this year, led by strong imports, the data also shows. For example, during the first six months of 2018, Port Houston imports from the Trans-Pacific region jumped by 24 percent, a significant hike compared to overall U.S. Trans-Pacific imports, which increased by 5 percent.
New Super Post-Panamax Cranes Arrive at Port of Houston
The Port of Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal welcomed this week the arrival of three new Super Post-Panamax cranes, highlighting of the port’s $100 million investment in port upgrades to handle the increasingly larger ships calling at the port. The three 270 foot-tall Neopanamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes are the first of two crane shipments Port Houston is to receive this week. An additional five cranes scheduled for delivery are rubber-tired- gantry (RTG) cranes.Upload News