Port of Corpus Christi Begins Work on $92M Channel Improvement Project
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — The Port of Corpus Christi, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC, has begun work on its $92 million Channel Improvement Project. Specifically, the project will deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island. The project will also increase the depth from 47 feet to 54 feet from the jetties at the entrance of the ship channel to Harbor Island and will deepen the ship channel into the Gulf of Mexico to 56 feet. As one of the larger dredging companies in the United States, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has worked on high-profile projects that include the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill cleanup and the deepening of the Port Miami harbor. Situated on the western Gulf of Mexico with a 36-mile channel, Port Corpus Christi is the fourth-largest port in the United States in total tonnage and is the leading U.S. crude oil export port. Throughout 2018, the port shipped more than $10.8 billion worth of crude to U.S. trading partners.