A Houston company has been tapped to work on the next phase of the Port of Corpus Christi’s Ship Channel Improvement Project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday awarded a $139 million construction contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC. The company will work on the third phase of the port’s channel improvement project, which broke ground more than three years ago.
The four-phase infrastructure project aims to deepen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel depth to 54 feet from 47 feet, and widen it to 530 feet, enabling more than one vessel to simultaneously pass through.
Phase 3 will extend west of the La Quinta Junction through the Chemical Turning Basin in the port’s Inner Harbor. This phase of the project is expected to be completed by June 2023.
Lasse Petterson, CEO for Great Lakes, pledged to work to minimize environmental impacts and to complete the project “safely, on time and within budget.”
Great Lakes also was contracted to work on the first phase of the project, which focused on deepening and widening the waterway from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island. That phase wrapped up in March 2020.
The Phase 2 contract was awarded to Callan Marine Ltd. in April 2020.
That work, which is ongoing, focuses on deepening and widening the channel from Harbor Island to roughly 2 1/2 miles past the La Quinta Junction. It also includes Ingleside, where three large crude export marine terminal operators – Buckeye Partners, Moda Midstream and Flint Hills Resources – currently operate.
“The Texas Coast has a vibrant natural ecosystem, and our coastline provides vast economic, social and environmental benefits to the nation,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Commander Col. Tim Vail said in a statement. “The enhanced channel will also improve safety and efficiency by allowing two-way traffic, and a safer passthrough for deep-draft vessels.”
Corpus Christi’s port is the nation’s third-largest port in tonnage revenue and took an especially crucial role in the global shipment of goods and materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The channel improvement project broke ground in May 2019.
So far, the port has provided $161.5 million for its portion of the total project cost. The federal government has appropriated $296.3 million in funding for it.
“Advancing the third phase of this historic initiative in developing critical coastal navigation infrastructure reinforces our nation’s importance in serving the global energy markets, and certainly solidifies the Port of Corpus Christi’s position as the largest energy export gateway in the United States,” port CEO Sean Strawbridge said.
Last year, 6,900 vessels sailed through its waters, carrying 122.2 million tons of cargo, most of it crude and petrochemicals.
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Source: Port of Corpus Christi
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