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50 The Journal of Commerce | October 1 2018 HOUSTON TRADE SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE ON AUGUST 7, three Neo Panamax cranes were delivered to Port Houston's Bayport Container Terminal. The container cranes, constructed by ZPMC in China, are a highlight of more than $100 million in investment at the terminal. Standing more than 25 stories tall, they are the largest ship-to-shore cranes in Texas, at about 270 feet tall with a boom length of 211 feet. The cranes arrived at Port Houston onboard a large specialized heavy-load carrier vessel, the Zhen Hua 27. They will be able to load and unload vessels up to 22 containers wide. One of the cranes is equipped with technology to enable its remote operation from a computer in an office setting rather than in the cab of the crane itself. The three newest STS cranes will bring to 26 the total number of operational ship-to-shore cranes working at Port Houston's Bayport and Barbours Cut Container terminals, 13 of which are super- post-Panamax. The first phase of Bayport opened in 2007, and the terminal is approximately 50 percent built out. Port Houston handles nearly 70 percent of container cargo transported through the US Gulf of Mexico. Increasingly larger container ships calling Port Houston require faster and larger cranes for more efficient containerized cargo handling to help get goods to retail stores and distribution centers sooner. "We have been looking forward to receiving these cranes and begin the commissioning of their operation," Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said. Just a short time later, the Bayport facility also received 10 rubber-tire gantry yard cranes. Five RTGs arrived in August and the other five were delivered in September. These cranes are needed at Bayport to meet the current and projected growth in the container business at the facility and will improve vessel productivity and truck turnaround times even further. Port Houston has been reinvesting in its facilities using the cash generated from its operations. More than $70 million in capital project awards and advertisements were considered at the July Port Commission meeting to keep commerce moving through Port Houston and maintain capacity for the projected high demand ahead. Further demonstrating its commitment to strategic investment, the Port Commission also awarded a $49 million construction contract for Container Yard 7 at the Bayport Terminal. This new construction will add 50 additional acres of container yard storage area. When fully developed, the Bayport terminal will have a total of seven container berths with the capacity to handle 2.3 million TEU on a complex that will include 376 acres of container yard and a 123-acre intermodal facility. The terminal features electronic data interchange capabilities and a computerized inventory control system that tracks the status and location of individual containers. Trucking access to and from the terminal gates is continuous with two dedicated flyover ramps connecting Texas 146 and Port Road. The Bayport terminal's environmental benefits include the preservation of 956 acres of diverse coastal habitat, 200 acres of new marsh and 173 acres of wetlands. n New ship-to-shore cranes arrive at Port Houston ZPMC used a specialized heavy-load carrier vessel to deliver Houston's 25-story Neo Panamax cranes. Port Houston

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