Port of Houston reopens after Hurricane Harvey

The Port of Houston as shown in a U.S. Coast Guard photo. USCG air crews conducted a flyover of Texas ports on Aug. 31 The Port of Houston as shown in a U.S. Coast Guard photo. USCG air crews conducted a flyover of Texas ports on Aug. 31 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017—The Port of Houston, the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage, has reopened following Hurricane Harvey, according to an announcement by Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria. Additionally, the port says its Barbours Cut and Bayport Container Terminals opened for truck operations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Turning Basin Terminal will also be open for truck operations during the same times.

“Although vessel movements remain restricted because of swift current in the channel from continued significant inflows,” says Longoria, “it is important to resume landside receipt and delivery of containers at our terminals in advance of commencement of vessel operations. Opening our terminals also reinforces the messages of Mayor Turner and Judge Emmett that it is important to resume normal operations as soon as practicable.”

Chairman Longoria also expressed her appreciation for the extraordinary efforts and steady leadership of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and County and City officials in addressing the devastating and unprecedented impacts from Hurricane Harvey. She also lauded Port Houston staff, maritime industry members, and port community members for their extraordinary volunteerism.

“Employees are onsite, facilities are back online, and we are ready to operate,” added Roger Guenther, Port Houston Executive Director. “We are restarting this economic engine again to power the region, state, and nation.” 

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