updated 10/26/2010 5:48:06 PM ET 2010-10-26T21:48:06

HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, at its October 26 meeting, approved $700,000 for wharf and rubber-tired gantry (RTG) crane parts and repair and $300,000 to increase the Storage Area Network serving Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals.

In his monthly financial report, Chief Executive Officer Alec G. Dreyer said the Port Authority's financial performance continues to reflect conditions in the broader marketplace—mixed signs of economic recovery.

But he said the good news for the local economy is that container tonnage increased by a robust six percent in September and is up nine percent for the nine-month, year-to-date period.

Steel had another excellent month in September, with throughput totaling about 340,000 tons, more than four times higher than the September 2009 level. Dreyer said the 41 percent year-over-year increase in Turning Basin revenue directly correlates to the rise in steel shipments this year.


(Agenda J1) Commissioners approved 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 both container terminals needs additional data storage capability to support the retention of images produced by the new Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system implemented for automated container truck transactions at Bayport.  The OCR automatically reads numbers from license plates, containers and chassis as trucks pass through the gate. Project implementation began in June at stage 3 of the Bayport Terminal's outbound gate and is expected to be completed within approximately two years.


(Agenda M1) Commissioners approved a two-year contract to Bubenzer Bremsen America, LLC dba Pintsch Bubenzer USA for the purchase of up to $450,000 in brake parts that will be installed as replacements on 19 wharf cranes and 63 rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes at Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. The ability to quickly obtain space and replacement brake parts for these cranes is critical to terminal operations.

(Agenda M2) Commissioners approved 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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