The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has approved the proposal to acquire three new Neopanamax electric cranes for the Bayport Container Terminal.

The crane contract value is $35m. The cranes will be deployed at Bayport’s Wharf No. 5 to handle large vessels.

By the summer of 2021, the three new ship-to-shore cranes are likely to be commissioned. 158ft-high cranes will be the tallest in the Port Houston.

The cranes will be able to handle 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU)-sized container ships. After receiving the three cranes, the Port Houston will have a total fleet of 29 ship-to-shore cranes.

Port Houston executive director Roger Guenther said that the recent growth achieved by the port is expected to continue in the future.

Guenther said: “Operationally, our facilities have handled close to 30 million tonnes of cargo through August, an increase of 7% over last year, as both container volumes and steel have maintained their upward trends in 2019.”

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He further said that almost two million container TEU were handled in August. This demonstrates an 11% increase compared to the same period last year. By the end of 2019, approximately three million TEU will be handled.

The port authority also awarded a professional services contract to TC&B / GBA for the Houston Ship Channel expansion project.

According to the port authority, the expansion is required to enhance safety and the development of regional and national commerce.

The port has decided to start dredging by 2021 with the project completion expected in 2024.