Houston ship channel expansion begins

The Port of Houston and US Army Corps of Engineers have started on the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel, a $1bn project.

Officially known as “Project 11”, the project will widen the Channel by 170ft along its Galveston Bay reach, from 530ft to 700ft. It will deepen the Channel in some segments upstream to 46.5ft.

Port Houston chairman Ric Campo said that “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.”