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Port Houston suspends ops at 2 terminals after worker tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Port of Houston - Barbours Cut Terminal

PortandTerminal.com, March 18, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Port of Houston announced it is suspending operations at the Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals effective immediately after learning a worker at both 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 of Houston said in a news release on its website.

The Port Authority’s other public facilities remain open. The Houston Ship Channel and the 200-plus private terminals that comprise the greater Port of Houston also are still operating.

“The health and safety of Port Houston’s employees, users, customers and community remains its first priority, the release states. “Port Houston is in communication with public authorities and health agencies while an investigation is underway.”

The Port Authority says it will provide “regular updates as warranted as this situation unfolds.”

“All decisions on vessel schedules, demurrage, and all others will be determined as soon as possible,” the release states. “All updates will be communicated as often as possible.”

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