The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted a permit to Port Freeport in Texas to widen the offshore entrance and jetty channels to the Freeport harbor.
The widening project is a public-private collaboration between Port Freeport and users of the waterway, notably Freeport LNG and ConocoPhillips.
The widening of the six mile offshore entrance and jetty channels up to six hundred feet from the current four hundred foot width will allow larger LNG, crude oil and other cargo vessels to access Port Freeport. The current forty-five foot depth will be maintained.
“The non-federal widening effort is the initial component of a more extensive federal expansion of the navigable waterway that has been under development for more than five years” said Port Freeport Executive Port Director/CEO A. J. “Pete” Reixach, Jr.
In 2007, Port Freeport handled more than 29.6 million tons of cargo through the public and private docks.