Houston Container Volume Continues Record Pace
Container volume at Port Houston in February totaled 271,399 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which is 37 percent more than the same month in 2021. In the first two months of 2022, container volume at Port Houston totaled 594,826 TEUs, an increase of 31 percent year-to-date.
“This is the biggest February Port Houston has ever seen in terms of containers. In response to this strong growth, we are accelerating projects at our container terminals, like opening additional gates at our Barbours Cut Container Terminal,” Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said in the March 28 announcement. “The arrival of three new neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes at our Bayport Container Terminal in February will allow us to work larger ships than ever before, which is another way we are well poised for the future of container shipping. Those new cranes are expected to be fully operational by mid-April of this year.”
Other measures are being considered to reduce long dwell on containers, which adds pressure on space at the terminals as they move the record number of boxes. Guenther called for collaboration to increase efficiency.
“We are asking importers to expedite the pickup of containers and for exporters to work closely with their carriers to improve schedules and delivery to maintain a fluid environment,” Guenther said. “We are doing what we can to expedite movements as well. Starting in March, we are waiving dockage for ships waiting at anchor that have a berth and are just waiting for gang assignments. This will accelerate the working of vessels to push cargo through the system quicker.”