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Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project Included in FY ’23 Budget

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Posted: 3-29-2022

Corpus Christi (Nueces County) – The Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project was included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget released today under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Coastal Navigation Construction category. 

Once approved by Congress, the appropriation would complete the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project, rendering it the most improved ship channel in the entire U.S. Gulf Coast. 

The Port of Corpus Christi is the largest gateway for U.S. energy exports and the third largest seaport in the nation in total waterway tonnage.

The Channel Improvement Project (CIP) will increase the channel depth from -47 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) to -54 feet MLLW and widen it to 530 feet, with an additional 400 feet of barge shelves. 

The proposed budget amount of $157.3 million is the largest single-year budgetary allocation from the federal government compared to prior years’ budgets. The CIP has received nearly $250 million in federal appropriations to the USACE thus far, with the Port of Corpus Christi appropriating another $190 million in cost share funds.

The CIP is a four-phase project, with Phase 1 completed and Phases 2 and 3 under construction today. Texas-based dredging companies Callan Marine, Ltd. and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, LLC are currently conducting dredging operations for Phases 2 and 3, respectively.

“Closing out this project has been over 30 years in the making, a project vital for essential American goods to flow to our trading partners and allies who depend on our customers’ ability to do so as safely, efficiently and dependably as possible,” said Charles W. Zahn, Port of Corpus Christi Commission Chairman.

VBX Project ID’s:  2021-57B0, 2021-23BA, 2022-102A

Edited from press release.


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