Barbours Cut Container Terminal Master Plan

Container ship being loaded at Barbours Cut Container Terminal

Cardno leads master planning and conceptual design of premier container-handling facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Owned and operated by the Port of Houston Authority (POHA), the Barbours Cut Container Terminal has grown to be one of the premier container-handling facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico since it was completed in 1977. 

The POHA was seeking to expand operations at the terminal, and our team was the lead port planner of the program management team for the redevelopment and expansion.  

The Cardno team developed the master plan and conceptual designs to accommodate the larger “New Panamax” size ships and increased container traffic. Alternatives for automated, semi-automated, and conventional rubber-tired-gantry (RTG) container yard operations were analyzed and full terminal layouts, capital cost estimates, and operating cost estimates were developed for each alternative.  

The terminal layouts included provisions for full containers, empty containers, reefers, wheeled containers, chassis inspection, and agricultural inspection facilities. In addition, alternative building locations were developed, including centralized layouts to take advantage of current building locations, and remote locations to improve overall terminal function and circulation. Cardno provided detailed construction phasing plans and schedules to allow the active container terminal to maintain operations and safety throughout the construction period and to incrementally increase container throughput capacity.