Stolthaven Houston to add a new ship dock, as ongoing upgrades and planned expansions continue

Stolthaven Houston to add a new ship dock, as ongoing upgrades and planned expansions continue

Stolthaven Houston, the largest wholly owned bulk-liquid terminal in Stolthaven Terminals’ global network of 19 owned and joint-venture facilities, has announced plans to construct a new ship dock capable of handling tankers and barges.

The dock will substantially increase access to the Houston terminal, while also helping to minimise waiting and turnaround times at the facility, underscoring Stolt-Nielsen’s continued focus on ship-to-shore synergies that reduce supply-chain costs for its customers.

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President of Stolthaven Terminals, Guy Bessant said: “This new dock will efficiently accommodate tankers of up to 50,000 deadweight tons, and represents the latest of our ongoing multi-million-dollar infrastructure investments at Stolthaven Houston.

“Stolthaven operates as part of an integrated solutions provider, and because of that we understand better than most the dynamics of marine infrastructures and assets, and their impact on supply-chain efficiency. The investments we are making in Stolthaven Houston will generate significant benefits for the customers of Stolt-Nielsen.”

Over the last several years the firm has added more than 100,000 cubic meters of storage capacity, and doubled the capacity of the existing barge dock.

“These and other investments will enable us to deliver further improvements in safety, quality and efficiency going forward. At the same time, this new tanker and barge dock will allow us to develop currently vacant property, in order to offer additional storage to our customers,” Guy added.

Infrastructure improvements are at the core of Stolthaven’s long-term strategic plans for its terminal in the Port of Houston, where congestion has become an increasingly difficult challenge.

Construction of the new dock is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2017, with operations to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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17th April 2017