Alec Dreyer, Port of Houston Authority CEO, says August container TEUs (twenty-ft equivalent container units) at the port totaled 152,077 with year-to-date at nearly 1.2 million, which is a 2% increase over August 2009 year-to-date.

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Steel throughput was at 285,000 tons, four times what it was in August 2009. The amount of export steel—60,467 tons—was the highest since March 2008.

The POHA Commission approved a $2.9-million contract to Houston-based U.S. Builders for construction of two stevedore-support buildings at the Bayport Container Terminal. Intermodal steel building units (recycled shipping containers) will be modified and engineered to be the primary structural system above the foundation.

As well, the American Association of Port Authorities selected POHA to host the 2014 annual convention, which coincides with the 100th anniversary celebration of the official opening of the Houston Ship Channel.

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