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Official Start of $1B Deepening & Widening of the Houston Ship Channel

Posted on June 1, 2022

In exclusive commentary to DredgeWire, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock CEO Lasse Petterson said:

“We are pleased to be the contractor for the first phase of this important project. A lot of people have worked long and hard to get to this point and we congratulate the Port leadership, Ric Campo, Roger Guenther, and Charlie Jenkins for getting the project underway.”

Port Houston, along with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, is holding a major kick-off event officially starting the Billion-dollar expansion and deepening of the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel, Project 11. This infrastructure project should help to more safely and efficiently accommodate the larger import and export container cargo ships and tanker vessels calling the port, generating more jobs and economic activity to the region and state. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranked the Houston Ship Channel #1 as the busiest waterway in the nation.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

WHO: Leading Federal, State and Local Officials

Assistant Secretary of U.S. Army Civil Work Michael Connor (Infrastructure Projects)

Maritime Administration Deputy Associate Administrator Bill Paape Congressional members and other elected officials

WHERE: Houston Ship Channel shore at

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District

2000 Fort Point Road

VISUALS: Houston Ship Channel Waterway

The new eco-friendly Carolina Dredge specially-designed and created to reduce environmental impact to the Houston region, and multiple federal marine and working vessels representing industry used to protect and safely and efficiently move freight cargo and commerce through the channel.

SECURITY : Media please RSVP Lisa Ashley-Daniels, 832-247-8179


The Houston Ship Channel is the busiest port in the nation and supports more than 2 million Texas jobs and 3.2 million U.S. jobs and $801.9 billion in value to the U.S. economy. More than 200 private and eight public terminals align the Houston Ship Channel.

RSVP: Lisa Ashley, Director, Media Relations

Mobile: 832-247-8179; E-mail: 

About Port Houston:

For more than 100 years, Port Houston has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, including the area’s largest breakbulk facility and two of the most efficient and fastest-growing container terminals in the country. Port Houston is the advocate and a strategic leader for the Channel. The Houston Ship Channel complex and its more than 200 public and private terminals, collectively known as the Port of Houston it is the nation’s largest port for waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas, and the U.S. The Port of Houston supports the creation of nearly 1.35 million jobs in Texas and 3.2 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totaling $339 billion in Texas – 20.6 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product (GDP) – and $801.9 billion in economic impact across the nation. For more information, visit Port Houston’s website at:


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