Bayport Joins Barbours Cut for Bigger Vessels

Reporting to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, Executive Director Roger Guenther announced yesterday the completion of maintenance dredging of the Bayport channel.

The Bayport channel is accepted and will be maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a depth of 48.5 feet mean lower low water (MLLW), reported the port.

Bayport joins Barbours Cut to take full advantage of the Houston Ship Channel depth., opening it for the 45-foot draft vessels.

During his report, Mr. Guenther also announced that Barbours Cut recently established a new record for container lifts from one vessel: a total of 4,198 moves was completed working with the 5,000 TEU COSCO Boston.

One of Port Houston’s strategic goals is investment in people, and in that spirit, according to Chairman Janiece Longoria. “Working in conjunction with the Port of Houston Partners in Maritime Education program, these Port Houston staffers help young people fill a broad array of careers to meet the growing needs of the maritime industry.”

Highlighting Port Houston’s investment in people and resources, Chairman Longoria took time during the meeting to recognize employees with over twenty years of service.

Chairman Longoria also welcomed the new U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Captain Kevin Oditt. His visit concluded with a tour of the Bayport container yard. Chairman Longoria emphasized that Port Houston’s work with the new captain helps to continue its strong partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The next meeting of the Port Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 at 1:30pm.