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The Port of Houston (PHA) is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours' sailing time from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is ranked first in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage and second in the U.S. in total tonnage.


A range of serious complications due to the lack of electricity prohbits the Port of Houston Authority from opening for business operations Wednesday, September 17th.


More than 200 million tons of cargo moved through the Port of Houston in 2006. A total of 7,550 vessel calls were recorded at the Port of Houston during the year 2006. The Houston Pilots navigate each vessel through the Houston Ship Channel.


PHA is continuing to work with CenterPoint Energy to establish power.


The welfare and safety of PHA's employees, customers and neighbors is always its first priority.


PHA will update its status regarding business operations on the PHA Hotline 713-670-2870 and on its Web sites www.portofhouston.com and www.phastatus.com after daily.DATE: Monday, September 16, 2008 6:05 p.m. (CST)





Port of Houston Authority maintenance, operations and all employees at the Barbours Cut and Bayport terminals must report to work Wednesday, September 17 to help with cleanup and recovery efforts needed to bring the terminals back online.


Business casual attire is acceptable.


All other PHA staff should continue their communications regarding their status with their direct supervisors and managers.


A range of serious complications due to the lack of electricity prohbits the Port of Houston Authority from opening for normal business operations Wednesday, September 17.


The Port of Houston is made up of the Port of Houston Authority and the 150-plus private industrial companies along the Houston Ship Channel. All together, the port authority and its neighbors along the ship channel are a large and vibrant component to our regional economy.

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