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Port of Houston approves 4 dockside electric container cranes and 3 diesel electric cranes
Port of Houston approves 4 dockside electric container cranes for Barbours Cut and 3 diesel electric cranes for Bayport from Konecranes.
In keeping with its commitment to continue developing Bayport Container Terminal in addition to modernizing Barbours Cut, the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority at its May 21 meeting, awarded a nearly $50 million contract to Konecranes Finland Corporation for four electric wharf cranes at Barbours Cut Container Terminal.
The Port Commission also amended a contract with Konecranes for eight diesel electric container yard cranes for Barbours Cut to include three additional diesel electric container yard cranes for the Bayport Terminal at a cost of $5.9 million.
The growth in containers is a leading indicator for the need for expanded facilities at Bayport to provide present and future customers with consistent, efficient service, as well as improvements in the truck gate technology at Bayport. Port Authority Executive Director Len Waterworth noted that growth seen in April largely was due to containers.
During the meeting, Waterworth recognized staff at the Bayport Container Terminal for their efforts in making a successful transition last month to a new truck gate facility and the implementation of a new terminal operating system.
“I am pleased to report that it is business as usual as we produce around 3,000 gate transactions daily with very efficient turn times through Bayport,” he said. “With this new entry facility, we are positioned for the future to handle volumes that are as much as three times the current volume we see today.”
Waterworth presented challenge coins to Bayport employees Candice Armenoff, Taylor Booe, Ron Farrow, Roger Hoh, Evan Mays and Ryan Mariacher.
“Under (Managing Director, Container Operations) Jeff Davis’ leadership, this group worked diligently to prepare for this massive startup,” he said.
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