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.
Along with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Port Corpus Christi hosted a round-table discussion for freight industry 'influencers' and media at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi. The discussion was followed by a tour of Port Corpus Christi and some of the new industry taking shape around the port.
Titled, 'Freight: Keep it Moving,' port forums brought together key thought-leaders throughout the transportation industry to explore critical issues facing U.S. seaports and discuss the increasing strain on the nation’s freight transportation infrastructure. Round-table participants included business, port and association executives, supply chain logistics professionals, academics and government officials, sharing their thoughts on the challenges, priorities and possible solutions for making investments in America’s freight transportation network.
In a recent AAPA survey, Texas ports and their private-sector partners said they are planning nearly $48 billion in capital investments (much of this surrounding Port Corpus Christi) over the next five years to handle the expected cargo volume growth and address freight mobility.
Industry 'influencers' round-table discussion.
Port Corpus Christi officials provide a glimpse of La Quinta Terminal during a port tour.
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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.