THE Port of Houston and US Army Corps of Engineers have launched a US$1 billion expansion of the Houston Ship Channel, reports Ventura, California's gCaptain.
The two organistions described it as a "generation-defining project" for one of the nation's busiest waterways.
Officially known as "Project 11", the project will widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel to accommodate bigger ships.
It will widen the Houston Ship Channel by 170 feet along its Galveston Bay reach, from 530 feet to 700 feet. It will deepen some upstream segments to 46.5 feet.
"All of our partners here view what some would call problems or challenges as opportunities," said Port Houston chairman Ric Campo. "Opportunities to drive our industry forward and reimagine how we tackle these 'challenges' in new innovative ways, generating greater results for all."
The 52-mile Houston Ship Channel is one of the most important waterways in the country. It connects the nation's largest petrochemical complex with global markets.
More vessels use the Houston Ship Channel than the next three largest US ports combined: Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York/New Jersey.