Port Houston has celebrated the completion of its Wharf 6 upgrades, part of its Bayport Container Terminal expansion project.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony held last Friday was attended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Maritime Administrator Admiral Ann Philips, among other federal, state, and local officials.
“Today is more than a ribbon cutting for a concrete wharf; it is a symbol for the future of the Port and all the lives we will impact for the next generation,” said Port Commission Chairman Ric Campo. “This new wharf will enable the Port to keep up with the new growth and demand and help reduce supply chain congestion by providing additional capacity to berth another vessel around the clock.”
The Wharf 6 project involves the construction of a new 1,000-foot-long wharf with three new new-Panamax container cranes capable of handling the largest ships that can fit through the Panama Canal.
The Department of Transportation has invested nearly $80 million towards the wharf and yard space at the Bayport Container Terminal, building on other investments to expand the capacity and boost efficiency at the port, including rehabilitation of the north side container yards, rehabilitation of wharf three, and expansion of the truck gate.
The new wharf is scheduled to be fully operational in October.
Port Houston is coming off its busiest year on record in 2022 with 3.9 million TEUs handled as the Gulf Coast port benefitted from containerized imports shifting to Gulf and East Coast ports. Through the first six months of 2023, container imports have lagged last year’s pace by 7%, while exports are up 12% compared to 2022.
The Houston Ship Channel is the busiest waterway in the nation, handling more cargo than any other U.S. port. Port Houston is responsible for planning and building for the future growth and demands of the waterway through various projects such as wharf and berth improvements, zero-emission trucks, and the deepening and widening of the Houston Ship Channel, known as Project 11.
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