U.S. Gulf Coast ports connect America’s heartland to global markets
By Jordan Williams on 29 October 2018
The port of Mobile, AL leads the U.S. Gulf ports in average vessel capacity. 
  Earlier this month the Port of New Orleans announced the arrival of the largest containership ever to call the port. The 9,500-TEU Pusan C arrived at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal Monday, Oct. 8. 
  CMA CGM, which operates the Pusan C as a part of its Asia-North America PEX 3 service, also calls the US Gulf ports of Houston, TX and Mobile, AL. With U.S. Gulf Coast container volumes projected to rise, the deployment of larger vessels to the region shows the areas steady growth, as well as its attempt to capture further growth opportunities with ocean carrier partners like CMA CGM. 
  Utilizing BlueWater Reporting's Port Dashboard, the chart above provides an overview of the average vessel size calling four major ports along the US Gulf Coast, as well as the total number of fully cellular services calling each port.
  As of the October reporting period, the Port of Mobile, AL is called by five fully cellular services that deploy 40 vessels with an average capacity of 6,041 TEUs, leading all other U.S. Gulf Coast ports in vessel size. 
  New Orleans holds a close second place with an average vessel capacity of 5,592 TEUs on the 11 fully cellular services that call the port.
 Currently, the port of Houston, TX welcomes 19 fully cellular services, more than the other Gulf Coast ports, but with the third largest average vessel size of 5,586 TEUS. 
  As displayed in the chart, the Port of Gulfport, MS falls into a distant fourth place amongst other leading U.S. Gulf ports with only two fully cellular services deploying an average vessel size of just 931 TEUs. 
  According to BlueWater Reporting's Terminal Analysis, the highlighted US Gulf Ports have nearly 1.4 million TEUs flowing through the ports on the 37 fully cellular services calling the region.