Three new super post-Panamax cranes have arrived at the Port of Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal as part of a US$100m investment at the facility.
The 270 ft-tall ship-to-shore (STS) cranes will be followed by five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, with all eight cranes destined for the newly constructed Wharf 2 at Bayport.
Roger Guenther, executive director of Port of Houston Authority, said: “The level of activity with the shipments of cranes this week is unprecedented. To see the visual display of both STS and container yard cranes being delivered… in a matter of days is an amazing demonstration of our commitment to investment at work.”
The STS cranes cost around US$35m and will be the largest in Texas. With an outreach of 211 ft they can handle vessels up to 22 containers wide.
The RTG cranes cost just over US$2m each, while the Wharf 2 construction is estimated to cost US$35m. The purchases and construction are in response to steady growth at Houston.
Bayport Container Terminal recently recorded the largest number of single vessel container box lifts in its history, with more than 4,800 lifts performed during one vessel operation.
The number of STS cranes at Houston has risen to 26 units, which are spread between the Bayport facility and Barbours Cut Container Terminal. Half of the cranes are super post-Panamax.
A further five RTGs are due to arrive in September, while the port has also recently awarded a US$49m construction contract for a new container yard at Bayport Terminal, which will add 50 acres of storage area.