POINT COMFORT – The port continued its string of records in December as it posted a new high for the first six months of its fiscal year.

Port Director Charles Hausmann reported during the Calhoun Port Authority’s Jan. 8 meeting that 2,922,934.2 was the highest six-month total for tonnage in the history of the port.

“We are doing quite well,” he said.

Board member Jay Cuellar asked if the numbers were affected by Alcoa’s traffic when it was at its peak of production.

Hausmann said the public port did not count the throughput of Alcoa because it was a private facility.

However, Board Chairman J.C. Melcher noted that the traffic on the ship channel for Alcoa did count.

Hausmann concurred, noting the vessels crossing the channel helped the public port to obtain funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In December, Hausmann reported that 107 vessels – 26 deep draft and 81 inland barges – came through the port with 11 scheduled so far for January.

In addition, 220 invoices were issued, and the total revenue tons for the month were 499,089.1 short tons.

He also noted that that NGL loaded 18 crude oil barges for a total of 59,178 short tons; Harvest loaded 10 crude oil barges for 24,633.9 short tons, and Seadrift Coke loaded needle coke to one vessel for export at 8,268.7 short tons.

In other business, the board:

-- Heard a report from Rhonda Cummins on the first Christmas at Sea. She reported that they had passed out 920 gifts as part of Christmas at Sea with more than 600 passed out to 31 vessels from 20 countries at the Port of Point Comfort-Port Lavaca. Is working on its 501(c)3 status.

-- Approved minutes.

-- Approved financial reports, checks and transfers.

-- Approved the holiday schedule for 2020.

-- Approved the retention of Harrison, Waldrop & Uherek LLP, for the preparation of the fiscal year 2020 audit report and financial statement.

24,633.9 short tons, and Seadrift Coke loaded needle coke to one vessel for export at 8,268.7 short tons.

In other business, the board:

-- Heard a report from Rhonda Cummins on the first Christmas at Sea. She reported that they had passed out 920 gifts as part of Christmas at Sea with more than 600 passed out to 31 vessels from 20 countries at the Port of Point Comfort-Port Lavaca. Is working on its 501(c)3 status.

-- Approved minutes.

-- Approved financial reports, checks and transfers.

-- Approved the holiday schedule for 2020.

-- Approved the retention of Harrison, Waldrop & Uherek LLP, for the preparation of the fiscal year 2020 audit report and financial statement.