Channel Extension Readies Corpus Christi Terminal

Channel Extension Readies Corpus Christi Terminal

A $41 million project to better connect the site of Port of Corpus Christi’s long-delayed cargo terminal to the main shipping channel begins next month.

The dredging of 1.4 miles of the La Quinta Channel from 8 feet to 41 feet is expected to be completed May 2013, according to the Corpus Christi-Caller Times.

The multi-purpose terminal, which will have annual capacity of up to 1 million 20-foot container equivalent units, could open as early as 2014, said John LaRue, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority’s executive director. The terminal will consist of three berths totaling of 3,800 feet in length and nine cranes.

The facility will have 180 acres of container/cargo storage yard, an intermodal rail yard, and over 400 acres for on-site distribution and warehouse centers. The cost for the project will be shared between the port and the federal government.

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