Port and Terminal Operations

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Port and Terminal Operations GBTT 457
Justin M Coody

Port and Terminal Operations GBTT 457
Justin Coody

The following information was obtained from the Port Authority of Houston’s main webpage. The port of Houston is a diverse collection of properties and facilities offering a wide range of services. The port of Houston has the equipment to handle everything from liquid cargo, food, and break bulk, to automobiles and ISO containers. The next three pages offer a breakdown by region of the facilities available in the Houston ship channel.

The Port of Houston Authority owns and operates the public facilities located on the Houston Ship Channel and is the ship channel's official sponsor. These facilities were designed for handling general cargo, containers, grain and other dry bulk materials, project and heavy-lift cargo and virtually any other kind of cargo. “Public facilities which are owned and operated by the Port Authority include 43 general cargo wharves available for public hire and two liquid-cargo wharves. The Port Authority's facilities handle approximately 15 percent of the cargo moving through the Port. These existing facilities offer shippers deep water access to world markets and a direct link to 14,000 miles (22,400 kilometers/12,180 nautical miles) of U.S. intracoastal and navigable inland waterways. A vast network of interstate highways and rail connections link Houston with inland markets; two major railroads and approximately 150 trucking lines connect the Port to the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Air service is also easily accessible through two major public airports, Bush Intercontinental and Hobby, and dozens of private terminals.”(PHA) Turning Basin Terminal

The Turning Basin is the navigational head of the Houston Ship Channel and is only eight miles from downtown Houston. Each of the 37 public wharves that line the Turning Basin offer up to 806 feet of quay, more than 1.9 million square feet of covered storage and 3.3 million square feet of open storage space. The facility can accommodate vessels with lengths up to 750 feet. Arranged for efficient truck and rail direct discharge and direct loading operations, the Turning Basin Terminal efficiently handles close to 2,000 ships and barges annually. Lifting capacity in excess of 500 tons is available. With the exception of Wharves 1 through 4, most Turning Basin wharves are served by the Port Terminal Railroad Association, a group consisting of three railroad lines — Union Pacific, Burlington Northern and the Tex-Mex. Wharves 46 through 48 are served exclusively by Union Pacific Railroad. Additionally, more than 100 trucking lines are available, with immediate access to major interstate highways. The 200-acre Industrial Park West and the 115-acre Industrial Park East are nearby with facilities for container marshaling, consolidation and storage of steel, servicing and distribution of automobiles, paved and unpaved storage space and storage shed space. Wharf 32

Wharf 32 is one of the world’s premier heavy-lift cargo facilities. This $10.8 mil-lion state-of-the-art freight handling facility has a 1,000 pound per square foot load capacity that can handle even the most challenging shipments. Its 806 linear feet of berthing space and 18.5 acres of paved marshaling area is spacious enough for any cargo assignment. Long-term storage is also available.”(PHA) Houston Public Elevator No. 2

The 6.2 million-bushel capacity Houston Public Grain Elevator No. 2 is an efficient, modern export facility. With a maximum rated loading capability of 120,000 bushels an hour, overall through-put costs are among the lowest in the nation. The facility is fully automated, allowing operators full control of all equipment at their fingertips. Trucks are received on two pits at a rate of 30 trucks per hour. Rail receipts from three pits reach 30 cars per hour. “Woodhouse Terminal

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