Houston Ship Channel Deepening & Expansion
The project, initiated by the Port of Houston Authority, will result in the widening of 52 miles of the Houston Ship Channel between the Gulf of Mexico and the port to accommodate safer and more efficient navigation by larger container and petrochemical ships. The contract for the initial phase has been awarded to GLDD and involves widening 11.5 miles of the channel from 530 feet to 700 feet between Bolivar Pass and Redfish, and reusing dredged material to construct a new island for bird habitat and oyster mitigation. As part of its contractor selection process, the Port of Houston Authority placed a value on GLDD’s upgrade of its dredging equipment to reduce the total emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) while the company performs the work. GLDD has made significant investments to the vessels dedicated to this project by upgrading diesel engines and installing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that treat engine exhaust to reduce NOx emissions.