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Corpus Christi Ship Channel Projects

Driving safety and economic prosperity through expanded infrastructure

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The Port of Corpus Christi holds strong our mission of leveraging commerce to drive prosperity.

As we see increasing energy production, more exports and larger ships moving through our channel, we’re experiencing a critical need for safer and more efficient waterways.

For the past 30 years, together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we have been planning improvements to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in order to deliver on our promise—to continue propelling economic prosperity, protecting the safety of our people and making our mark on a global scale.

Port of Corpus Christi
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Deep-draft vessels
safely transited

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Port related jobs in the Coastal Bend

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In annual
economic value

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100+ acres
of wetlands, marshland and habitats to be created from dredged material

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50+ miles
in beach nourishment, dune restoration and shoreline stabilization


The Ship Channel Improvement Project

The Ship Channel Improvement Project is currently underway to widen the channel to 530’ and deepen to 54’ for the safe passage of deep-draft vessels and increased capacity for crude oil trade.

The Ship Channel Deepening Project

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority and United States Army Corps of Engineers are evaluating the feasibility of deepening the channel to 80’, to allow the transit of fully laden Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) from locations on Harbor Island into the Gulf of Mexico.