updated 10/25/2010 7:45:57 AM ET 2010-10-25T11:45:57

HOUSTON, Oct. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority will consider $700,000 for wharf and rubber-tired gantry (RTG) crane parts and repair and $300,000 to increase Storage Area Network serving Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals during its regular public meeting on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in the boardroom of the Port Authority Executive Building, 111 East Loop North (Exit 29 off Loop 610) in Houston. Chairman Jim Edmonds will preside over the meeting with Commissioner Steve Phelps, Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Commissioner Kase Lawal, Commissioner Jimmy Burke, Commissioner Janiece Longoria, and Commissioner Elyse Lanier.


(Agenda J1) Commissioners will consider purchasing up to $300,000 in storage hardware, software and implementation services to increase the Storage Area Network (SAN) serving Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals, using state of Texas contract prices. The SAN serving Bayport and Barbours Cut needs additional disk space to support the retention of images produced by the new Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system implemented for the auto-gate container truck transaction at Bayport. The first phase of the four-phase project was implemented in June at stage 3 of the Bayport terminal's outbound gate. The project aims to improve efficiency at the inbound/outbound truck gates at both Bayport and Barbours Cut. The system allows trucks to free-flow through the OCR portal, which automatically reads license plates, container number and chassis. All four phases are expected to be completed within two years.


(Agenda M1) Commissioners will consider awarding a two-year contract to Bubenzer Bremsen America, LLC dba Pintsch Bubenzer USA for up to $450,000 to purchase replacement Bubenzer brake parts for wharf and rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes at Barbours Cut and Bayport terminals. The Port Authority currently owns 19 wharf and 63 RTG cranes at both facilities that are equipped with Bubenzer brakes for various crane functions, such as gantry, trolley, main and boom hoist. The ability to quickly obtain space and replacement brake parts for these cranes is critical to terminal operations.

(Agenda M2) Commissioners will consider awarding a $262,500 contract to Crane Systems, Inc. for the repair of trolley rails on six ZPMC wharf cranes at Bayport Container Terminal. Gantrex rubber pads on six ZPMC wharf cranes currently operating at Bayport need to be removed and replaced to ensure continued efficient operations of the cranes.

About the Port of Houston Authority

The Port of Houston Authority owns and operates the public facilities located along the Port of Houston, the 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities designed for handling general cargo, containers, grain and other dry bulk materials, project and heavy lift cargo, and other types of cargo. Each year, there are more than 7,700 vessel calls at the port, which ranks first in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage and second in overall total tonnage. The port authority plays a vital role in ensuring navigational safety along the Houston Ship Channel, which has been instrumental in Houston's development as a center of international trade. The Barbours Cut Container Terminal and Central Maintenance Facility are the first of any U.S. port facilities to develop and implement an innovative Environmental Management System that meets the rigorous standards of ISO 14001. The second recertification of those facilities in 2009 included an extension for the state-of-the-art Bayport Container Terminal. The port authority is the first port authority in the world to receive ISO 28000:2007 certification for its port police and the perimeter security operations at both the Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. Additionally, the port is an approved delivery point for Coffee "C" futures contracts traded on the New York Board of Trade's Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. For more information, please visit www.portofhouston.com

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