September 12 – The Port of Houston Authority (Port Authority) and Freight Shuttle International (FSI) announced Friday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a Joint Project to Evaluate Freight Shuttle Deployment Options in Port of Houston Area. The signing preceded a Demonstration and Media Briefing of the Autonomous Freight Shuttle System, held in Bryan, TX on Friday Sept. 9, which was co-sponsored by Governor Greg Abbott, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and FSI.
September 9 – A new mode of port transportation was unveiled in the U.S. on Friday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Abbott was joined by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp in rolling out the autonomous Freight Shuttle System (FSS), which operates on its own guideway using single, remotely controlled transporters carrying truck trailers or shipping containers, powered by linear-induction electric motors.
Researchers say the FSS borrows the best characteristics from both truck and rail transport, and uses only about one-third the energy required by diesel trucks.
In what could potentially be the first step in bringing the booming cruise ship industry to the Coastal Bend…
The Joint Interim Committee on Cruise Ship Development will meet in Corpus Christi to discuss the potential benefits of establishing a cruise ship industry in South Texas.
State Representative Todd Hunter will lead the discussion which aims to bring a piece of the $21 billion dollar industry to the Coastal Bend. At the moment, Texas has only one active cruise ship terminal which is located in Galveston.
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – New improvements will be happening soon at a busy dock at a Port of Lake Charles facility.
The Port of Lake Charles approved entering into an agreement with the state of Louisiana, DOTD, and the Louisiana Port Construction Development Priority Program for a $10 million improvement project at the BT-1 Dock in Sulphur.
As part of the agreement, the port will have to supply half of the money for the construction.
August 16 – Port Everglades, Florida has signed a five-year contract extension with Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise line, for the preferential use of five terminals. The agreement extends an existing contract out to 2030 and builds on Carnival’s long-term presence at the Florida port.
As part of the deal, Carnival Corporation will have preferential use of cruise terminal 4, which reopened last year after $24 million worth of renovations and upgrades. The port is undertaking a $14 million slip extension project for the terminal, which will allow it to accommodate larger ships. Completion is expected the middle of next year.
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