Seven Harris County residents serve as Port Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority, setting policy and guiding the Port Authority’s executive staff to ensure that the Port of Houston continues to lead as a powerful economic engine for the region and Texas. Port Commissioners volunteer their services and are unpaid, and may serve a maximum of 12 years, or six two-year terms.
The Port of Houston handles about 66 percent of all the containerized cargo in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Port of Houston Authority’s container handling facilities are among the finest in the nation, providing efficient and cost-effective service.
The general cargo terminals of the Port of Houston Authority can handle any type of cargo a ship or barge might bring. From grain to steel to refinery parts to locomotives to wind turbines and blades, nothing is too difficult for the general cargo terminals to handle.
The Port of Houston has grown into one of the world’s busiest ports through the cultivation of clients and tenants from throughout the world. Developing new lines of business and customers requires the service and attention to detail that the Port Authority’s staff excels in.
The Port of Houston is an economic engine that produces jobs and economic prosperity for the local and state economy. Throughout its history, whenever the port has grown, Houston has grown. Someone once wisely pointed out that Houston is “the town that built the port that built the city.
The Port of Houston is vital to the local, state and national economy. Maintaining and improving the public facilities ensures the continued economic impact of the port. Keeping the port secure so that business can flow freely is also an essential responsibility.
The Bayport Cruise Terminal, nestled between Houston and Galveston Bay in the city of Pasadena, Texas, offers a one-of-a-kind experience from an exciting home port city for cruise travelers looking for efficient and world-class services before and after their cruise.