Container volume at the Port of Houston rose 10.4 percent in May, part of a 9 percent increase in total cargo tonnage through the port that drove Houston to a record $20 million in operating revenue during the month.
Revenue rose 4 percent, and it marked the first time the port has garnered $20 million in revenue in any single month. Year-to-date revenue is $96 million, driven by strong container growth, the port said.
For the year, container volume is up 7.1 percent to 812,473 TEUs. In May, volume was 174,486 TEUs.
Total tonnage in May rose 10 percent to 3 million TEUs.
Port Executive Director Len Waterworth said steel tonnage in May was down 21 percent, due primarily to declines in the drilling industry, which was at a peak in 2012. Year to date, steel is at 2 million tons. Bulk cargo (including grains and coal) was up 37 percent at 1 million tons, due in part to improved grain exports over the prior year. Year to date, bulk cargo is at 4 million tons, up 14 percent. - Eric Johnson