Port Houston sees busiest year for containers
THE Port of Houston has seen its busiest year for containers, reports London’s Port Technology International.
October throughput was 11 per cent more than October 2020 at 328,486 TEU, with November up 20 per cent at 314,576 TEU.
Container TEU levels are up 16 per cent at the port, reaching 3,150,062 TEU and already exceeding the complete 2020 annual of 3,001,164 TEU, which was a record year.
November 2021 was the ninth consecutive month of double-digit growth at the port for container throughput.
“The surge in demand is still felt throughout the supply chain, especially as importers rush product to the shelves for the holidays and build inventories in advance of temporary factory closures during Chinese New Year. We are expecting high levels of imports containers to continue well into 2022 and Port Houston is preparing to meet that demand,” said port Houston executive director Roger Guenther.
“Port Houston is accelerating expansion projects such as widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel to allow for neo-panamax vessels, adding additional wharves and container yard space to handle our fast-growing business, and developing of our regional maritime workforce,” said Mr Guentherbox.