Port of Houston: The Nation’s Largest Petrochemical Complex

Due to the upcoming Petrochemical Supply Chain and Logistics Conference sponsored by Ocean Insights, taking place in Houston, Texas on December 12th and 13th, we would like to state some interesting facts about the Port of Houston, which is the largest petrochemical complex in the US.

The Port of Houston is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the United States.

It is a cooperative entity consisting of both the port authority, which operates the major terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, and more than 150 private companies situated along Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay. It has three unique differences that make the port stand out from any other port: Port Houston is the largest port on the Gulf Coast, the biggest port in Texas and the only port in Houston. The Port of Houston ranks as #1 U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage and #1 port in the U.S. Gulf Coast by TEU throughput.

It is known as the largest petrochemical complex in the U.S. (2nd largest in the world). Several refineries were built by petroleum corporations along the 40-km-long Houston Ship Channel, to be partially protected by the threat of major storms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Economic Impact

  • creation of approximately 1.175 million jobs in the State of Texas, 2.7 million nationwide
  • almost $265 billion in economic activity in Texas, and more than $617 billion nationwide


  • authorized by Harris County voters and established in 1911
  • autonomous governmental subdivision of the State of Texas
  • 40-km-long complex along the Houston Ship Channel
  • 150+ public and private facilities are located along Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay
  • 8 public cargo terminals and a cruise passenger terminal owned
  • varied Cargo mix including container, General Cargo and Breakbulk
  • is certified to the ISO 14001 standard as first port in the United States for its environmental management system

Originally the port’s terminals were primarily within the Houston city limits, but until today the port has expanded to such a degree that it has facilities in multiple communities in the surrounding area.

The Port Houston is an economic engine that produces jobs and prosperity for the local and the state economy and “strives to be America’s Hub for the Next Generation”.

In case you also attend the Petrochemical Supply Chain and Logistics Conference, do not miss our panel discussion on December 13th at 9 AM. Together with Andy O’Connor, Global Director and Head of Digital SC Development at BASF, Bill Wehrle Director, Supply Chain at BASF, Dan Cicerchi Vice President at Descartes, and Mike Forbes Executive Vice President at KAG Logistics, Robin Jaacks will discuss trends and best practice examples from the industry about the digitalization of supply chains.

And of course include a visit at the port of Houston during your stay.