“We were pleased to continue our 30 year working relationship with Port Houston, the nation’s largest port for waterborne tonnage, and an essential economic engine for not only the state of Texas but the entire country,” said Fitz O’Donnell, senior vice president of operations for McCarthy’s marine & industrial business unit. “Our team’s commitment to excellent client service, communication, and a dedication to safety on the jobsite helped to make the Wharf 6 project a success.”

Throughout the project, McCarthy remained committed to a safe work environment; zero lost time safety incidents or recordables were logged during the project, which totaled over 475,000 man hours. This represents a huge achievement considering the length and complexity of the project, including coordinating multiple shifts with different crews working both day and night throughout the project to achieve completion on a compressed schedule.

The team faced several challenges from the beginning of the project, with procurement starting in early 2021 at the height of the global supply chain and shipping crisis. With these issues, McCarthy utilized constant communication with all stakeholders to minimize logistical impacts to maintain the project schedule, while always emphasizing safety.

McCarthy has worked at various ports along the Gulf Coast for approximately 35 years, with experience in marine construction spanning a diverse array of project types including petrochemical liquid terminal facilities, bulk cargo handling terminals, deep water container terminals and ship docks. McCarthy undertakes complex projects for public clients such as Port Freeport, Port Beaumont, and Port Houston, as well as private mid-stream clients, and is partner of choice for EPC firms servicing oil and gas and petrochemical clients. In the past 15 years, McCarthy has completed over half a billion dollars’ worth of work in Port Houston alone.