Port of Houston, Texas


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Fillette Green Shipping Services Houston, Texas


Serving the Ports of Beaumont, Galveston, Texas City and Freeport

5225 Katy Freeway
Suite 690
Houston, Texas  77007

Phone:  (713) 453-5895
Fax:       (713) 453-7658
E-Mail  hou@fillettegreen.com

Contact:   Jon Olsen
Mobile:    (713) 817-0874

Derrick Thomas
Mobile:   (713) 899-7046


PORT OF HOUSTON, TEXAS


The Port of Houston, established in 1914, is a 25 mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours by ship from the Gulf of Mexico.  The port is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage, 1st in U.S. imports, 1st in U.S. export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage.  It is also the nation’s leading breakbulk post, handling 65 percent of all major U.S. project cargoes.

Centrally located on the Gulf Coast, Houston is a strategic gateway for cargo originating in or destined for the U.S. West and Midwest. Houston lies within close reach of one of the nation's largest concentrations of consumers. More than 17 million people live within 300 miles of the city, and approximately 60 million live within 700 miles. Ample truck, rail and air connections allow shippers to economically transport their goods between Houston and inland points.

 

The Economic Impact of the Port of Houston


As one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston is a large and vibrant component of the regional economy. A 2012 study by Martin Associates says ship channel-related businesses contribute 1,026,820 jobs throughout Texas, up from more than 785,000 jobs cited in a 2007 study. This activity helped generate more than $178.5 billion in statewide economic impact, up from nearly $118 billion. Additionally, more than $4.5 billion in state and local tax revenues are generated by business activities related to the port, up from $3.7 billion.


The Port of Houston's economic activity helps keep Texas the nation's top exporting state.  For the past 12 consecutive years, Texas has outpaced the rest of the country in exports.  In 2013, Texas exports totaled $280 billion, up by 5.4 percent from 2012, according to annual trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.


The Port of Houston Authority owns the Houston Ship Channel. It has 43 general cargo wharves available for public hire and two liquid cargo wharves.

Terminals


Turning Basin Terminal

• Located at head the of the Houston Ship Channel
• Eight miles from downtown Houston
• 37 public wharves offer up to 806 feet of quay
• Over 1.9 million square feet of covered storage
• 3.3 million square feet open storage
• Accommodates vessels up to 750 feet
• Set up for rail and truck direct loading


Wharf 32
• Heavy lift cargo facility
• 1000 pound per square foot of load capacity
• 806 linear foot of berthing space
• 18.5 acres of paved marshaling area
• Long-term storage available

Houston Public Elevator No. 2
• 6.2 million Bushel capacity grain elevator

Woodhouse Terminal
• Two miles downstream from Turning Basin
• 235,000 square feet warehouse space
• 10 acres of open storage


Bulk Materials Handling Plant
• Dry bulk export/import
• Nine miles downstream from Turning Basin

Care Terminal
• Accommodates heavy lift cargo and project cargo up to 1,000 pounds per square foot
• Over 1,100 feet of berthing space
• 15 acres of paved open storage area
• 45,900 square feet warehouse space

Jacintoport Terminal
• For bagged cargo and refrigerated product
• Uses SpiralVeyor bagged cargo handling system
• Onsite equipment can package corn, oats, rice, soybeans, wheat, etc.
• Waterfront refrigerated and frozen storage facility
• 200,000 square feet of temperature humidity controlled storage
• Enclosed truck and rail bays
• Three berths
• 1,836 foot quay
• 7.5 acres of paved cargo marshaling area
• 82,500 square foot transit shed adjacent to berth #3
• 437,000 square foot transit shed

Barbours Cut Container Terminal
• Six berths
• 6,000 foot quay
• 13 wharf cranes
• Ro-ro platform
• A LASH dock
• Paved marshaling area
• Two 100,000 square foot transit sheds
• Onsite rail ramp
3 Week Paid Truck Driving School. Zero $ Down & Sign On Bonus!

Bayport Container and Cruise Terminal
• Seven container berths

Bayport Terminal Complex
• Chemical specialty facilities.Two private owned liquid cargo terminals operate for public use

Port Information

Information as listed at nasahouston.com

Navigational restrictions and guidelines:

Restrictions-range (all drafts given in brackish water!) Max Draft Max LOA Max Beam Max air draft
Bolivar road to Barbours Cut
40'
950'
135'
N/A
Barbours Cut to Baytown (Note: Baytown power lines!)
40'
900'
135'
162'
Baytown to Boggy Bayou (Note: Baytown power lines!)
40'
860'
120'
162'
Boggy Bayou to Sims Bayou (Note: J.Jones bridge!)
37'
750'
116'
175'
Sims Bayou to Houston Turning Basin (Note: 610 bridge!)
36'
750'
106'
135'


Bolivar anchorage: Max draft 34' Max 48 hours stay, additional time may be applied for *Vessels exceeding 800' LOA or 39' draft, are restricted to daylight passage only.

**Vessels exceeding 105' beam but less than 116' beam, shall not be allowed to meet any ships traffic above Boggy Bayou.

***Vessels exceeding 700' LOA and/or 37' draft are restricted to daylight passage only.

Restrictions for entire length of the ship channel:
• Dead ships are only allowed to be moved during daylight hours.
• LNG / LPG carriers exceeding 550' LOA may only transit during daylight hours.
• PCC carriers are unrestricted up to and including Barbours cut, but may only transit during daylight hours between Barbours Cut and the Turning Basin

Respective Terminal Restrictions:

Terminal
Max Draft
LOA/Beam
Air Draft
Bunkers
Water
Comments
Adams Terminal #7
38'
700' / 90'
N/A*
-
-
-
Amerada Hess, Galena Park
40'
750' / 120'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Bunkers & Ex.Pipe
Crown Petroleum, Pasadena
39'
750' / 113'
N/A*
No
No
Old Dock
Georgia Gulf, Deer Park
-
-
-
-
-
-
GATX, Galena Park Berth#1
35'
750' / 95'
N/A*
No
No
-
GATX, Galena Park Berth#2
35'
750' / 116'
N/A*
No
No
-
GATX, Galena Park Berth#3
40'
750' / 116'
N/A*
Yes
No
Bunkering Expensive
GATX, Pasadena
36'
750' / 86'
N/A*
No
No
Small dock, narrow
Houston Fuel Company
40'
840' / 125'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Barge & Ex.Pipe
ITC, Deer Park Berth#1
40'
700' / 134'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Barge & Ex.Pipe
ITC, Deer Park Berth#2
40'
550' / 134'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Barge & Ex.Pipe
ITC, Deer Park Berth#3
28'
450' / 86'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Barge & Ex.Pipe
ITC, Deer Park Berth#7
40'
700' / 132'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Barge & Ex.Pipe
ITC, Deer Park Berth#8
40'
700' / 132'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Barge & Ex.Pipe
Lyondell Petrochemical
40'
750' / 125'
N/A*
No
Yes
-
Kerley Dock, Pasadena
27'
?
N/A*
?
No
Old Bulk / Liquid Dock
Occidental Chemical
36'
750' / 116'
N/A*
No
No
Narrow Channel
Oiltanking or Texas #4
40'
900' / 135'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Long Finger Pier
Oiltanking or Texas #5
40'
900' / 135'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Long Finger Pier
Paktank Corp., Deer Park
40'
700' / 105'
N/A*
Yes
No
Barge Only
Paktank Corp., Galena Park
32'
650' / 90'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Bunkering Expensive
Phibro #1, Galena Park
38'
750' / 105'
N/A*
No
No
-
Phibro Traweek Dock
34'06"
750' / 105'
N/A*
Yes
No
No Barges / Ex.Wharf Only
Shell Oil Deer Park, West
39' to 40'
850' / 125'
N/A*
No
Yes
Heavily Congested
Shell Oil Deer Park, East
39' to 40'
850' / 125'
N/A*
No
Yes
Heavily Congested
Shell Oil Deer Park, Crude
40'
R
R
No
Yes
Heavily Congested
Stolthaven, Channelview
40'
935' / 135'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
2 Docks
Texas Petrochemical "A"
40'
700' / 116'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Bunker Barge Only
Texas Petrochemical "B"
32'
700' / 116'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Bunker Barge Only
Warren Terminal #1
38'
650' / 116'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Portside To
Warren Terminal #2
38'
650' / 116'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Master Option A/S
Warren Terminal #5
40'
850' / 116'
N/A*
Yes
Yes
Port Side A/S

Navigational Restrictions & Guidelines


(All information given may be changed at the pilot's discretion when special circumstances prevail.  Draft allowance may be decreased 2' to 4' when strong northerly winds are present.)  All information is given in good faith and believed to be correct at the time of issue.  We cannot be held responsible for incorrect given to us and inadvertently passed on.  All information given is subject to change without prior notice.

Public Wharf Characteristics:  Public wharf characteristics can be found on the Port of Houston Authority's website at the following location...

http://www.portofhouston.com/overview/wharfinf.htm

Bridges


The Houston ship channel has three vehicular crossings. They are the Sidney Sherman Bridge, the Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge, popularly known as the Beltway 8 Bridge and the Fred Hartman Bridge.

Published vertical clearances are:
Fred Hartman or Baytown Bridge at 175 feet
Sam Houston Tollway Ship Channel or Jesse H Jones Memorial Bridge at 175 feet.
Sidney Sherman or 610 Bridge at 135 feet.


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