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  • Brianna Ruiz

Port Houston Orders 26 New Hybrid Cranes

Texas comes in at number 1 for exports in the United States with $375.3 billion made in 2021. This is nothing new though, as they have ranked #1 for United States exports for the last 20 years. This year Port Houston has seen a significant amount of growth. Breaking their own record twice this year, the last being in August with their volume coming in at 382,842 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), they are preparing for continued growth over the next few years.

Roger Guenther, Executive Director at Port Houston, said in a statement, “Port Houston is committed to meeting the challenge of historic cargo demand and providing a cost-efficient and vital gateway for America’s maritime cargo,” And they are doing just that.

Announced early this week, Port Houston has ordered 26 new hybrid Konecranes rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes. These cranes will be used at their Barbours Cut Container Terminal and their Bayport Container Terminal. This will be an addition to their current fleet between the two terminals which consists of 90 diesel and 26 hybrid Konecranes RTGs.

The ordered hybrid Konecranes RTGs include Li-ion battery technology, a battery management system that monitors charge levels and health of the batteries, and an eco-efficient tier 4f diesel engine that will charge the batteries when needed. All cranes will be delivered by the middle of 2024.

Jussi Suhonen, VP Regional Sales, Port Solutions, for Konecranes states “Port Houston is forging ahead in both productivity and container crane eco-efficiency. Hybrid Konecranes RTGs have a proven track record, and this new order from Port Houston exemplifies this,”

This investment of 26 new cranes along with continued progress of Project 11, Texas will stay on top of the game for thriving exports. Project 11 consists of the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel by widening and deepening the channel. It will be widened from 530 feet to 700 feet and deepened in some parts from 40 feet to 46.5 feet deep.

As Port Houston continues to expand their infrastructure and equipment inventory, and with Project 11 on track, Texas will surely be prepared for higher volumes and traffic of containers in the coming years.

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