Corpus Christi Commences Channel Expansion

CIP to create 47 foot deep channel

Authorities at the Port of Corpus Christi have commenced expansion of the port’s Ship Channel, marking a “significant milestone” in the United States’ progress to becoming the net exporter of the nation’s energy production.​

The Ship Channel Improvement Project, or CIP, will improve access to the port and allow further breakbulk shipments at the energy hub. Following a 40-year ban on crude oil exports, the Port of Corpus Christi handled the first shipment of U.S. crude oil abroad in 2015.

“[The port's] location on the Gulf of Mexico and proximity to the West Texas oil and gas boom has created a massive increase in demand and traffic for the Port of Corpus Christi,” a spokesperson for the port said.

Port Corpus Christi is the fourth largest port in the U.S. by total tonnage and a major crude oil export gateway and breakbulk hub. It is also connected landside by three North American Class-1 railroads and two major interstate highways.​

Photo: The Port of Corpus Christi. Credit: PCCC