Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Deepening of shipping channel at South Texan Port

Project to allow vessels up to 160 feet wide
Shipping News Feature

USA - The Port of Corpus Christi, a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S, has confirmed that a project to deepen an old shipping channel will begin as soon as U.S government approves funding.

The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Agency plans to deepen the channel from 45 feet to 52 feet, allowing larger vessels to dock. Port officials are keen to push the project forward to ensure the work is completed before 2014, when expansion work taking place at the Panama Canal is also due to complete.

The planned deepening will allow vessels up to 160 feet wide.

Bill Green, port official for Corpus Christi commented: “Those are the next generation of maritime vessels and we anticipate that with this project, they will visit and bring their cargos to Corpus Christi”.