Port of Corpus Christi channel project moves to next phase

Houston’s Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. has been awarded a $139m contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers to work on the third phase of the Port of Corpus Christi ship channel improvement project.

The four-phase project, which began in May 2019, will increase the channel depth to 54 feet from 47 feet, and widen it to 530 feet to allow more than one vessel to pass through at a time.

Phase 1 of the project, also contracted to Great Lakes, was completed in March 2020. The second phase, awarded to Callan Marine, is ongoing. Phase 3 is expected to be completed by June 2023 and will see the deepening and widening work reach the port’s inner harbour.

“The enhanced channel will … improve safety and efficiency by allowing two-way traffic, and a safer passthrough for deep-draft vessels,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Commander Col. Tim Vail.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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