Port of Houston Surpasses 2 Million TEU Mark in 2015 

The Port of Houston has for the first time ever handled more than 2 million TEU in 2015, the Port of Houston Authority announced Thursday.The new record beats the previous yearly record of 1.96 million TEU set in 2014.

“We are so pleased to witness this significant milestone in the port’s history as we continue to strive to advance the Port of Houston and solidify its position as America’s distribution hub today and for generations to come,” Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria said.

Executive Director Roger Guenther said, “Having the two millionth TEU crossing our docks today illustrates the steadfast guidance of the Port Authority’s leadership through the Port Commission and diligence of our staff to deliver exemplary service to our customers and validates that the port is ready for the increased cargo…and bigger things to come.”

The Port of Houston Authority says projections indicate continued strong growth in containers moving across Port Authority docks in coming years.

To help facilitate this growth, the Port of Houston Authority is investing about $700 million the next decade modernizing the Barbours Cut Container Terminal to increase efficiency, facilitate larger vessels and double the container handling capacity. Among other improvements, four new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore wharf cranes that were delivered this year are now in operation.

At the newer Bayport terminal, a state-of-the-art truck entry gate has streamlined truck processing, and a user-friendly mobile app for truck drivers has increased efficiency. Recently, the Port Authority processed a record 4,300 trucks in one day at Bayport, which opened in 2007 and is being built out according to its master plan. The terminal continues to show excellent service levels and low truck turn times.

Posted by Saskia Pardaans December 17, 2015 Categories: Economy

The largest medical centre of the world is the Texas Medical Center in Houston 

106.000 employees, 7.2 million anual visitors at 1345 hectare.

Texas Medical Center

 

Forbes: If random Americans were surveyed about what they thought was the nation’s–and world’s–largest medical center, they might have predictable answers. Among the guesses would be the Cleveland Clinic or the Mayo Clinic, or something out of America’s most culturally-notable cities, like New York-Presbyterian Hospital. But they would be wrong. The answer lies in a lesser-known center that sits within a city of underrated economic importance: the Texas Medical Center.

This facility–really a city within a city–sits about 3 miles south of downtown Houston, carving out its own skyline. TMC is the world’s largest life sciences destination, with 44 member institutions, 106,000 employees, and 7.2 million annual visitors, on a 1,345-acre campus.

TMC was founded in 1945, through a combination of private donations, namely from banker M.D. Anderson, and after the city designated 134 acres for a campus. The mission of the institution, which is run by the Texas Medical Center Corporation, was to cluster non-profit health facilities on behalf of advancing medical knowledge and care. It has stayed true to this, by leasing land to various institutions for 99 years at $1 annually. For these institutions, it acts as an umbrella organization, providing infrastructure and organizational support, but otherwise letting them function autonomously.

Included among the center’s facilities are hospitals, research and academic institutions, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Some of the major ones include the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Children’s Hospital. Several major Texas universities have medical apparatuses within TMC, including UT, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Rice. The facilities sit densely together on a campus that includes privately-run streets, transit, and parking, and that mixes uses, giving it the feel of a big city downtown. The parking garages generate a large chunk of the revenue, with much of the rest coming from private philanthropy, including large donations by Ross Perot, T. Boone Pickens, and Clear Channel co-founder Lowry Mays. The corporation’s CEO is Robert Robbins, and the executive VP is Bill McKeon.

Recently, I sat down with McKeon, who was particularly interested in showing me TMC’s new ”Innovation Institute: Startup Accelerator.” On the eastern edge of campus, this facility provides space for private medical-based start-up companies to nurture their product, obtain financing, and look for markets to sell in. The Institute has an intense vetting process, but once it accepts a company, they get free office space without having to relinquish equity in return.

Posted by Saskia Pardaans December 17, 2015 Categories: Health