The port of Houston Authority had entered into a long-term landlord-tenant relationship with APM Terminals. The parties have agreed to terminate the lease agreement that will result in APM terminals permanently shutting down its port operations at East Barbours Cut Boulevard by the 24th of July 2015. This closure will affect 23 non-union jobs and 86 union jobs.
In a prepared statement, Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa Ashley said, “The parties have agreed to terminate these leases in the coming months, after which APM will no longer provide services at the terminal, when cargo handling at the entire Barbours Cut facility will come under the management of the Port Authority”. The Maersk Line’s current operations and services at the Port of Huston shall remain unchanged and uninterrupted.
Ricky Kunz, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Houston Authority reassured that the Port Authority will continue to deliver high level of service and invest heavily in infrastructure to facilitate the same.