The Port of Houston, in Texas, took delivery of three new neopanamax ship-to-shore cranes on Aug 6 and five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes on Aug 8 at its newly-constructed Wharf 2 at the Bayport Container Terminal.
Another five RTGs were due to be delivered last month. Houston is the largest container port on the US Gulf of Mexico and handles nearly 70 per cent of all containers moved through the Gulf. The new ship-to-shore cranes are the largest in Texas and have a boom length of 211ft, enabling ships with containers 22 wide to be handled.
These three cranes cost about $35mn, the RTG cranes cost just over $2mn each, and construction of Wharf 2 is an estimated $35mn. The port’s Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals now have a total of 26 ship-to-shore cranes.
Recently, the Port of Houston awarded a $49mn contract for Container Yard 7 at the Bayport terminal, and this will add 50 additional acres of container storage yard.