FOR the second time this year, Port Houston has set a record for monthly container volumes, handling 382,842 TEU in August, surpassing the previous monthly record for containers set in May, when the port handled 335,000 TEU.
The monthly total for August was also a 20 per cent year-over-year increase compared to the same period last year. outpacing the growth of other major US container ports, said Port Houston.
"Port Houston is committed to meeting the challenge of historic cargo demand," said Roger Guenther, the port's executive director, reports New York's FreightWaves .
"We are expediting the development of container yard space and wharves, and are adding equipment like ship-to-shore cranes and rubber-tired gantry cranes to maintain efficiency as we expand terminal capacity."
The port continues to be bolstered by strong volumes of steel imports, registering 480,087 tonnes in August, a 42 per cent year-on-year increase and an 81 per cent year-do-date increase compared to 2021.
Total tonnage at Port Houston's facilities is up 24 per cent year-to-date through August. Total import tonnage was over three million tonnes in August, a 17 per cent year-on-year increase and eight per cent month-to-month increase compared to July. Total export tonnage was 2.6 million tonnes, an 18 per cent year-on-year increase and six per cent increase from July.
Laden container imports in August rose 13 per cent year on year to 180,132 TEU, while laden container exports for the month increased 36 per cent to 116,841 TEU.
Empty export container TEU increased 18 year on year to 78,094. Empty import container TEU fell 10 per cent year on year to 7,775 TEU.
Port Houston recorded 729 total ship calls in August, a 15 increase from the same period last year, and 176 barge calls, a drop of 50 compared to 2021.
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