Port Houston container terminals reopen after hardware failure

Two container terminals at the Port of Houston have reopened after a hardware failure had halted operations on Tuesday July 27th.

Truck traffic and access to the port’s terminal operating system, N4, and its customer service portal, Lynx, were restored on Thursday. An update on Friday said that Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals were now fully open. Gate hours have been extended to clear the backlog.

The problems at Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals began on Tuesday morning after a major failure of storage devices supporting applications critical to terminal operations. While ships that were already in progress were able to continue working, it was impossible to begin transfer operations on other vessels. Truck gates at both container facilities were idled.

Port Houston’s executive director Roger Guenther said that the incident was not related to a cyber-attack.