New All Water Service
Linking Houston to Asia in the Global Supply Chain
The 2M Alliance of Maersk Line &Â Mediterranean Shipping Co. isÂ launching a Panama Canal serviceÂ from Asia that will call at HoustonÂ 3 times per week!
The much awaited Panama Canal expansion isÂ set to be unveiled on June 26, but the new 2MÂ Alliance is starting their service earlier. WithÂ capacities of about 4,500 TEUs, the serviceâsÂ ships will fit through the canalâs older locks.
The new 2M service from Asia will call HoustonÂ three times per week. Over the last severalÂ years, Northeast Asia has become HoustonâsÂ largest import market, surpassing North Europe.
- The Port has been working to deepen the channels at Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals to 45 feet.
- Four new super-post-Panamax cranes have been installed, with three more coming soon.
- Barbours Cut is undergoing end-to end rebuilding to handle larger volume and bigger vessels. Bayport Terminal continues to be built out.
- Once all the work is done, the Port of Houston expects to have capacity to handle about 5 million TEUs per year!