Coming off a year with container and breakbulk volume flat at best, Gulf container ports from Tampa to Texas are positioning themselves for future opportunities.

Four Hercules lift boats bound for Nigeria were loaded aboard the Cosco Kang Sheng Kou, a 512-foot semi-submersible, last week at the Port of Freeport, Texas.

Official TWIC compliance day was April 14 at the Port of Houston and several other Texas ports including Freeport, Galveston, Texas City and Port Arthur.