Port of Houston Receives Award from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for Floating Trash Skimming Program (“Best Practices”)

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has given the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) an AAPA award for its development of a unique trash skimming program along the Buffalo Bayou, an important part of the regional watershed.

The Houston project was one of 152 entries submitted by 37 ports worldwide for consideration for the AAPA award.

PHA has prepared an informative report on this program to control “floatables”.

Key conclusions of the report:

  • The “Mighty Tidy” TrashCat™ trash skimmer is “an extraordinarily effective weapon against floating pollution”.
  • The trash skimmer program helped the PHA to conform to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requirement and helped project co-sponsor Harris County conform to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) obligations.
TrashCat™ "Mighty Tidy" helps Port of Houston receive AAPA award

TrashCat™ “Mighty Tidy” skimming
the Houston Ship Channel
for floating trash and debris

TrashCat™ "Mighty Tidy" helps Port of Houston receive AAPA award

TrashCat™ approaching the Pier Conveyor
with portable hydraulic Power Pack to discharge
and transfer debris into the dumpster

TrashCat™ "Mighty Tidy" helps Port of Houston receive AAPA award

TrashCat™ “Mighty Tidy” removing floating trash
between seawall and a ship in Houston Ship Channel

Photos Courtesy Buffalo Bayou Partnership