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New Year...New Depth

"The Port Celebrates Completion of the La Quinta Channel Extension Dredging Project "

(PresseBox) (Corpus Christi, Texas, ) Port Corpus Christi celebrates the completion of the La Quinta Channel Extension Project on Friday, February 7, 2014. The event will be held from 11:30a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the La Quinta Gateway site located at 4832 Hwy. 181, Portland, Texas.

The project for navigation and ecosystem restoration, is part of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel - Channel Improvement Project authorized by Section 1001(40) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. Funding for the construction contracts was approved on May 17, 2011 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as part of its 2011 work plan for the Army Civil Works program. The Project included the following elements:

- Extend the La Quinta Ship Channel approximately 1.4 miles to a depth of -41' MLT.
- Construct an ecosystem restoration feature
- Create a breakwater and shallow water habitat beneficial use site

Extension of the La Quinta Ship Channel will allow economic benefits to be achieved while enhancing the economy of the region by providing deep channel access to the Port's La Quinta Gateway project. The Ecosystem Restoration component constructed near Ingleside-on- the -Bay, Texas consists of an offshore rock breakwater and shore protection and will protect and enhance approximately 45 acres of seagrass habitat. In addition, the improvements include the construction of approximately 200 acres of shallow water habitat created by the beneficial use of dredged material.

Construction contracts for the La Quinta Channel Extension and the Ecosystem Restoration projects were awarded in September 22, 2011 to King Fisher Marine Service, LP of Port Lavaca, Texas and LECON, Inc. of Houston, Texas, respectively, for a total cost of approximately $41 million. Costs for the projects were shared between the Port and the Federal government.

Extending La Quinta Ship Channel provides support to the development at La Quinta Terminal as well as the voestalpine Texas Holding's HBI production plant; TPCO American Corp. Steel Pipe mill in Gregory, Texas; Cheniere Energy's proposed gas processing plant; and the Gulf Compress Cotton Storage Facility. "As we continue to develop strategic business partnerships with companies from around the world, the completion of the dredging of the La Quinta Channel extension marks a step forward in providing the infrastructure needed to support the Port's diversification of cargo efforts." said Judy Hawley, Port Corpus Christi Commission Chair.

La Quinta Trade Gateway Terminal (Project) is a major component of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority's (Port) long-term development plan. Located on a 1,100-acre greenfield site on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay, when completed, this fully permitted project will include deep water access (-45') and provide a state-of-the-art multi-purpose dock facility, construction of a 3600' channel frontage, 150 acres of container/general cargo storage yard and intermodal rail. The facility will have the capacity to handle approx. 1 million TEUs annually. The Project is sited adjacent to US 181/IH 37.

Port Corpus Christi

As the primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the United States in total tonnage. The Port's mission statement is to "serve as a regional economic development catalyst while protecting and enhancing its existing industrial base and simultaneously working to diversify its international maritime cargo business." Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, with a straight, 45' deep channel, the Port provides quick access to the Gulf and the entire United States inland waterway system. The Port delivers outstanding access to overland transportation with on-site and direct connections to three Class-1 railroads and uncongested interstate and state highways. The Port is protected by a state-of-the-art security department and an award-winning Environmental Management System. With outstanding management and operations staff, Port Corpus Christi is clearly "The Port of the Lone Star State."

Port Corpus Christi is a member of START (South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade), a collaborative effort that highlights business opportunities in South Texas in the manufacturing, energy, aerospace, international trade, military and other sectors and the related strategic support provided by Port San Antonio, Port Corpus Christi and Port Laredo.