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