Global Trade Magazine published an annual ranking of the 105 Best U.S. Cities for Global Trade, and has ranked Corpus Christi, Texas as a top city for best infrastructure. The article notes Port Corpus Christi as key infrastructure for the city, and cites projects that will ensure Corpus Christi's global competitiveness well into the future. The ranking is part of Global Trade Magazine's 5th annual 'America's Top Cities for Global Trade' feature in the October/November 2016 issue.
The deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel will allow some of the largest maritime vessels utilized in global trade to call on the South Texas port. The project will take the channel to 52 feet deep with a width of 530 feet.
The world class, new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge project is also noted in the feature. The project replaces an aging structure with an iconic bridge featuring 205 feet of vertical clearance.
"The Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation (CCREDC) is pleased that the city is being recognized by Global Trade as a top contender in the U.S. for attracting international investments," said Iain Vasey, President and CEO of CCREDC. "This recognition acknowledges the efforts of the CCREDC, the Port, and various economic development stakeholders in promoting the region as a premier location for domestic and global companies to locate and expand their operations."
"Port Corpus Christi has invested heavily in new infrastructure to improve its competitiveness and build its global market share,' said John LaRue, Executive Director of Port Corpus Christi. "We continue to see interest and investment from multi-national companies seeking deep water access, proximity to the Texas oil and gas markets, as well as easy access to the Gulf of Mexico."
The Corpus Christi Ship Channel - Channel Improvement Project (CCSC-CIP) has garnered further support in advancing. On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Port Corpus Christi Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for work performerd prior to execution of a project partnership agreement for the Channel Improvement Project.
Col. Lars Zetterstrom, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District commander, Charles W. Zahn, Jr., Chairman of the Port Corpus Christi Commission, and John LaRue, Port Corpus Christi Executive Director sign the MOU with port and corps staff in attendance.
With the MOU, Port Corpus Christi is able to conduct time-sensitive sampling work at the entrance of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel ahead of a Project Partnership Agreement for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel - Channel Improvement Project while maintaining eligiblity for its cost-share requirement.
The remaining elements of the authorized CCSC-CIP consist of deepening and widening the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and construction of barge shelves across Corpus Christi Bay. Sediment sampling has not yet completed and any new design work will not be completed by the COE until additional federal funding for the project is received and a Project Partnership Agreement is executed. The sediment sampling and analysis is expected to take 6-9 months to complete.
The Corpus Christi Ship Channel – Channel Improvement Project is a top priority for Port Corpus Christi. The deeper, wider ship channel, will provide better navigational safety and transportation efficiency. Pending federal appropriations the project is expected begin in 2017.
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Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, Port Corpus Christi is the sixth largest port in the United States in total tonnage. With a straight, 45' deep channel, the Port provides quick access to the Gulf, the United States inland waterway system and the world beyond.