The Port of Houston has suspended operations at its two container terminals after a worker there tested positive for COVID-19.
The two terminals impacted are the Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals, which collectively handle approximately two-thirds of all containerized cargo in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The terminals are owned and operated by the Port of Houston Authority.
“The Port Authority has learned that someone who worked at both Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.
“In light of this information, and in an abundance of caution, both public terminals are closed and operations are temporarily suspended while a thorough investigation is being conducted. The Port Authority’s other public facilities remain open,” the Port Authority said in a statement.
The Houston Ship Channel and the 200-plus private terminals that comprise the greater Port of Houston are also still operating, it said. All other public facilities, including breakbulk and general cargo facilities, remain open.
“The health and safety of Port Houston’s employees, users, customers and community remains its first priority. Port Houston is in communication with public authorities and health agencies while an investigation is underway,” the Port Authority said.
In 2019, the Port of Houston handled a record about 3 million TEUs.