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www.joc.com THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 35 GULF TRADE: 2014 OUTLOOK SPECIAL REPORT HOUSTON HAS A problem, but it's a good one to have. The biggest challenge for the Gulf of Mexico's dominant container port may be expanding its facilities quickly enough to stay a jump or two ahead of demand. "We've had shippers come to our offi ce and ask if we'll be able to handle their increas- ing volume," said Roger Guenther, newly appointed executive director of the Port of Houston Authority. "We're staying ahead of the demand curve. We understand that we need to have facilities for a market that will continue to expand." Houston handles two-thirds of contain- ON A MISSION IN HOUSTON The Gulf's largest container port is dredging channels and upgrading terminals to meet anticipated growth in volume By Joseph Bonney

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