All of Port Houston facilities have resumed operations after partly re-opening on September 1, and Barbours Cut Terminal (BCT) and Bayport gates will be open on Labor Day, September 4.
The port’s terminals were closed a week ago as Hurricane Harvey hit the region and were kept closed during week commencing August 28, hampering its role as a key logistics hub for the Southeastern US.
On September 1, the port’s main container terminals, the BCT, Bayport Container Terminal and the Turning Basin Terminal, resumed operations at 7.00 am, receiving trucks to collect cargo from containers being unloaded.
The upper part of the Houston Ship Channel, the port’s waterways that connect the port to the Gulf of Mexico, is still closed to ship and tow traffic as inspection continues, the Coast Guard said on September 1.
Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria said in a statement that strong currents in the channel continue to restrict vessel movements. She added, “But it is important to resume landside receipt and delivery of containers at our terminals in advance of commencement of vessel operations.”
The US Coast Guard has reported that the following port facilities in the region are now open: Freeport, the Galveston Bay Entrance Channel, Outer Bar Channel, Inner Bar Channel, Bolivar Roads Anchorages, Bolivar Roads Channel and Galveston Harbor, the Texas City Channel, Texas City Turning Basin and Industrial Canal.