Port of Corpus Christi to deepening and widening ship channel
The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have executed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CC Ship Channel).
The PPA was signed by PCCA Executive Director, John LaRue and Commander, USACE Galveston District, Colonel Lars N. Zetterstrom. The CC Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) will widen the CC Ship Channel to 530 feet, plus additional barge shelves, to allow for two way vessel and barge traffic, and deepen the channel to 54 feet MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water) to allow for safe passage of deep draft vessels.
Chairman of the Port Corpus Christi Commission, Charles W. Zahn said: “The Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project is of critical importance for the Texas energy sector and for the nation’s move toward energy independence. The Port of Corpus Christi has designated this project its number one priority. With the signing of this agreement its merit is proven as a national infrastructure priority as well.”
The CC Ship Channel Improvement Project was initially authorised by Congress under the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. Congress re-authorised the CC Ship Channel Improvement Project in WRDA 2014, and reaffirmed its commitment to the Project under the WIIN 2016 Act (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act).
John said: “Our team has worked towards this momentous project for a very long time. It feels great to have co-signed this important agreement with Colonel Zetterstrom and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With our port’s accelerated funding we can get started on the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel because of this important agreement, and look forward to future funding and construction of the remaining phases for this nationally critical infrastructure project.”
The entire Project is estimated to cost $327 million with the USACE proportionate cost-share projected to be $225 million and the PCCA proportionate cost-share projected at $102 million.
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19th Sept 2017