Gulf Coast

A transformation has taken place at U.S. ports along Gulf of Mexico. Those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were forced to rebuild. Gulfport’s work is not yet finished. The Great Recession further impacted the region’s economy. The new bigger locks the Panama Canal offer hope for a resurgence of shipping activity along the U.S. Gulf Coast as ports gear up for new trade from Asia. While some ports are building container volumes in north-south trade and on routes to and from Europe, the Mediterranean, Mideast and Africa, others are targeting growth in breakbulk cargoes, and one port — Corpus Christi — is poised to see explosive growth in energy-based exports. With billions of dollars of agriculture products, pharmaceuticals and manufactured goods crossing the U.S. border with Mexico each year, logistics companies and railroads are looking at ways to ease and expand the flow of trade with the U.S.’s southern neighbor. This page includes information about the ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the region’s infrastructure projects, its trade and company supply chains.

Special Coverage

Port of Mobile, Alabama.
Containerized cargo at Gulf ports is benefiting from a north-to-south shift in U.S. population growth, growth in the region’s automotive and chemical industries and investment in container-handling facilities.

News & Analysis

23 Apr 2014
The Port of Houston Authority has received a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft permit for deepening the port’s Bayport terminal channel, and it said it expects soon to receive a similar permit for its Barbours Cut terminal.
Roger Guenther
18 Apr 2014
Roger Guenther, executive director, Port of Houston Authority, discusses trade lane growth, specifically with Asia and South America, the renaissance in the energy sector, and planning for future expansions at the port.
25 Mar 2014
The Houston Ship Channel was partially reopened to vessel traffic on today, three days after a barge carrying 900,000 gallons of oil collided with a cargo vessel, spilling about 170,000 gallons of oil into the busy ship channel.
10 Mar 2014
Many U.S. East Coast and Gulf ports will struggle to handle the larger container ships the P3 and G6 carrier alliances likely will deploy on trans-Atlantic routes, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
Port of Houston
27 Feb 2014
Houston has a problem, but it’s a good one to have. The biggest challenge for the Gulf of Mexico’s dominant container port may be expanding its facilities quickly enough to stay a jump or two ahead of demand.
Petrochemical industry tanks
26 Feb 2014
Exports dominate the Port of New Orleans’ containerized cargo, and have been driving growth.

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Commentary

The United States needs better and more sustainable discretionary grant programs in order to fund innovative transportation investments across modes. Here are 10 possible improvements to the process.

Video

Roger Guenther, executive director, Port of Houston Authority, discusses trade lane growth, specifically with Asia and South America, the renaissance in the energy sector, and planning for future expansions at the port.