The Barbours Cut container terminal in the Port of Houston complex has been approved up to standard to receive post-Panamax size ships, after having its channel widened and deepened.
The $69m improvements will allow vessels with a 45-foot operating draft to use the terminal, which opens it up to the expected influx of mega-sized ships once the Panama Canal expansion project is complete next year.
Barbours Cut is one of the leading container handling facilities in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Nearby Bayport terminal is still being dredged so it too can meet the requirements for the bigger ships.
The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority commissioned and paid for the dredging projects and saw its initiative rewarded with the Wednesday’s OK from the Houston Pilots Association.