Posted on December 20, 2023
HOUSTON, December 18, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Tuesday, the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority met at its last regular monthly meeting of the year. Chairman Ric Campo opened the meeting by highlighting the recent Port Houston visit of Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo. Port Houston marked the occasion by joining with Belgium, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, the Center for Houston’s Future, WaterstofNet, Exmar, and the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition to sign a Memorandum of Understanding focused on energy transition cooperation efforts.
The MOU was described as a “watershed moment” to expand that cooperation, continue growing relationships, and develop critically important energy-related trade.
Executive Director Roger Guenther highlighted a recent meeting held with scientists representing the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and environmental advocacy groups, hosted by Port Houston.
Guenther shared that meeting participants discussed ongoing work in the Houston Ship Channel and the material dredged from the channel. “This technical meeting was something we all committed to doing, to ensure our local communities would have scientific, fact-based information regarding the makeup of the materials going into dredge sites in their areas,” he said.
“We believe the results shared in the meeting indicate that the testing and analysis of dredged materials followed all current legal and regulatory requirements,” Guenther stated.
“Our partners and agencies are committed to further discussing potential stormwater management in these communities, in collaboration with the City of Houston and Harris County Flood Control District. That meeting should take place in January,” he added.
“At Port Houston, we remain committed to transparency and listening to community members and their advocates’ feedback,” Guenther emphasized.
During the meeting, Chairman Campo also highlighted Port Houston’s 2nd Annual Posada Festival, a free community resource fair held this year in Galena Park. More than 1,200 people accessed services and resources, including free immunizations, mammogram screenings, job resources, and much more.
In his report to the Commission, the executive director shared that cargo remains steady and strong through Port Houston facilities. Guenther reported that despite headwind experienced at some ports, Port Houston container volume was down only 5% through November, and overall tonnage only 9%, from 2022’s strong results. See highlights in the full cargo reports found at https://porthouston.com/news-media-press/press-releases/ .
During the meeting, the Port Commission awarded nearly $50 million in contracts to further support the growth Port Houston is experiencing and adding to the more $350 million in capital projects (excluding Project 11) awarded year-to-date through November.
Finally, work on the Houston Ship Channel Expansion – Project 11 continues to move forward: Port Houston is on pace to complete the Galveston Bay reach next year.
The Port Commission meets next on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
About Port Houston
For more than 100 years, Port Houston has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, including the area’s largest breakbulk facility and two of the most efficient container terminals in the country. Port Houston is the advocate and a strategic leader for the Channel. The Houston Ship Channel complex and its more than 200 private and eight public terminals is the nation’s largest port for waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the U.S. The Port of Houston supports the creation of nearly 1.5 million jobs in Texas and 3.37 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totaling $439 billion in Texas and $906 billion in economic impact across the nation. For more information, visit the website at PortHouston.com.