updated 12/13/2010 8:46:33 PM ET 2010-12-14T01:46:33

HOUSTON, Dec. 13, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority will consider strategic initiatives at a workshop on Tuesday, December 14, at the Intercontinental Hotel, located at 2222 West Loop South (77027).

The proposed measures include such significant projects as the continuing development of the Bayport Container Terminal, improvements at Barbours Cut Container Terminal, modernization of the Turning Basin Terminal, the Port Authority's continuing work to help maintain and improve the Houston Ship Channel, and freight road and freight rail cooperative initiatives.

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

To access the port's Web site photo gallery, please visit http://www.portofhouston.com/publicrelations/publicrelations.html and click the link for Port Authority Photo Gallery.

The Port of Houston Authority logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=720

CONTACT:  Port of Houston Authority
          Lisa Ashley, Director, Corporate Communications
            (713) 670-2644
            Cell: (832) 247-8179
            lashley@poha.com
          Felicia Griffin, Manager, Corporate Communications
            (713) 670-2893
            Cell: (713) 294-7185
            fgriffin@poha.com

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