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the Port of Houston is a sprawling 50-mile-long complex that ranks as the top U.S. port by volume moved each annually

I'd like to see how they came up with that. Los Angeles, Long Beach, and NYC are still moving more tonnage than Houston.

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2 hours ago, samagon said:

I'd like to see how they came up with that. Los Angeles, Long Beach, and NYC are still moving more tonnage than Houston.

For Containers, I have no doubt NYC & LA blow Houston out of the water. 

Often LA and Long Beach are lumped together, NYC with Port Elizabeth, NJ.

Same for Houston, since some of the Terminals are in Baytown, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Texas City. We export and import a hell of a lot more Chemicals (Petrochemicals), than anything. I've also heard the Mississippi River is the "busiest" port in the World, so I'm sure it's however you can skew or pick the data to benefit the claim. 

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3 hours ago, samagon said:

I'd like to see how they came up with that. Los Angeles, Long Beach, and NYC are still moving more tonnage than Houston.

I think most of those rankings only consider container traffic and do not consider the bulk shipping that is obviously pretty big in Houston (and our container traffic is growing very quickly).

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7 hours ago, samagon said:

I'd like to see how they came up with that. Los Angeles, Long Beach, and NYC are still moving more tonnage than Houston.

This was found on the Bureau of Transportation web site, Port of Houston is #2 and if you added the Port of Texas City and Port of Galveston which it doesn't show they would be #1 in tonnage. Granted Galveston's port doesn't handle much but.... The combined Port of LA and Long Beach do by far handle way more containers but our tonnage is in oil, fuels and chemical products. The dates are a few years old so I'm not sure what that would reflect but we continue to get more containers because LA/LB are so congested that shippers are looking elsewhere.

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https://www.bts.gov/content/tonnage-top-50-us-water-ports-ranked-total-tons

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Port of Houston Busiest US Port in Tonnage as Expansion Continues

BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE  11-24-2020 12:10:51 

 

The Port of Houston is now the largest port complex in the US in terms of total tonnage passing through the port. The complex of public and private terminals along the Houston Ship Channel was the busiest U.S. port in 2019 surpassing the Port of South Louisiana, according to data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation and Civil Works Decision Support Center.

The Texas port ranked first both in terms of total tonnage as well as ranked first for foreign waterborne tonnage and number of vessel transits, in the government compiled statistics. For 24 years, the Port of Houston has been number one in foreign waterborne tonnage and the Houston Ship Channel is the busiest waterway in the nation, handling on average approximately 50 deep water vessels per day

Nearly 285 million tons of cargo moved through the Port of Houston in 2019. That represented a six percent increase year-over-year and about 47 million tons more than any other U.S. port. 

Houston has continued to see strong growth in its operations reporting its busiest month ever with a 15 percent year-over-year increase in container volume in October 2020. That included an 18 percent increase in loaded containers driven according to the port in large part by the increase in traffic from retailers working to restock before the holiday selling season. Year to date, the port’s volume is down one percent despite the economic impact of the pandemic.

The Port Commission is expecting continued growth with a rebound in traffic in 2021. They recently approved the 2021 Operating and Capital Budget which forecasts a six percent growth in container volumes and a recovery in general cargo volumes. The budget also includes a $239 million capital plan to support new growth opportunities, primarily at the container terminals, with investments in the redevelopment of existing assets as well.

Port Houston currently is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as private industry on a plan to expand the channel with a goal of starting work in 2021. The Houston Ship Channel Expansion – Project 11 will widen the channel by 170 feet along its Galveston Bay reach, from 530 feet to 700 feet. It will also deepen upstream segments to 45 feet, make other safety and efficiency improvements, and craft new environmental features.

The Port of Houston is comprised of eight public terminals and almost 200 private terminals situated along the Houston Ship Channel. 

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/port-of-houston-busiest-us-port-in-tonnage-as-expansion-continues

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I wonder how much of the increased tonnage being moved through the Port of Houston can be attributed to the recent widening of the Panama Canal.

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17 hours ago, hindesky said:

...we continue to get more containers because LA/LB are so congested that shippers are looking elsewhere...

https://www.bts.gov/content/tonnage-top-50-us-water-ports-ranked-total-tons

as dbigtex56 notes, the Panama canal being able to handle more capacity has really opened things up as well, I guess I'm just surprised that the numbers that always place LA and NYC over Houston only include containers and not other methods of shipping things.

15 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

I wonder how much of the increased tonnage being moved through the Port of Houston can be attributed to the recent widening of the Panama Canal.

absolutely, and the bayport terminal seems to always be growing and expanding their capacity. every time I go down to Maas nursery the quickest way to get there is 225 to 146 and exit Port Road and go right by the terminals it appears there is always something under construction.

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