The Port of Corpus Christi, which was closed much of last week due the impact of Hurricane Harvey, has returned to operation and moved ahead with plans to expedite deepening of its ship channel.
The port authority commission approved a project partnership agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve the port’s ship channel and has allocated US$32 million for the project that will widen and deepen the ship channel to 54 feet.
“The widening and deepening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and construction of barge shelves are needed to guarantee continued economic growth for South Texas and Port Corpus Christi and for ensuring the safety of port operations,” said Charles W. Zahn, chairman of the Port Corpus Christi Commission.
Port Houston and other key ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast, returned to full operation following the impact of Hurricane Harvey last week. Authorities at Port Houston said all facilities have resumed operations, with BCT and Bayport gates open Labor Day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.
Photo: The Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Credit: Wikimedia