Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has won a $92m contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC) from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island, as part of the Channel Improvement Project (CIP).
Under the terms of the contract, Great Lakes Dredge will increase the depth from -47ft Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) to -54ft MLLW from the jetties at the entrance of the ship channel to Harbor Island and extend the CCSC into the Gulf of Mexico to -56ft MLLW.
Port of Corpus Christi Commission chairman Charles W. Zahn said: “The award of this first dredging contract is without a doubt the most important development we will see in 2019.
“Building critical infrastructure for the energy sector is our primary mission and will allow larger vessels access to much needed export facilities, safely and responsibly.”
The Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan, announced by the USACE in November 2018, included an additional $59m in funding for the CIP, taking the total federal appropriations for the CIP to $95m.
Port of Corpus Christi CEO Sean Strawbridge said: “We commend the Army Corps of Engineers for progressing the highly anticipated Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project, and the selection of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to perform on this first contract is an extraordinary step forward in positioning the United States as the largest exporter of energy in the world.”
USACE Commander of the Galveston District Col Lars Zetterstrom said: “The award of this contract is a testament to the hard work and patience of the Port of Corpus Christi and the Corps of Engineers.
“The project delivery team worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone, which opens the gate to improving one of the nation’s most important navigation channels.”
Previously, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has worked on major projects, including the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill cleanup and the deepening of the Port Miami harbour.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock CEO Lasse Petterson said: “Great Lakes Dredge & Dock is excited to have won the competitive bid for the first phase of the Corpus Christi Deepening project.
“We are confident that this will drive the much-anticipated future investment and development in the Port, since as we like to say, ‘It all starts with dredging!’”
Image: Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, US. Photo: Courtesy of Port of Corpus Christi.