Webinar on Houston Ship Channel Widening this week

WEDA’s next webinar, named Houston Ship Channel Widening and Deepening Updatewill take place on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from noon to 1 PM EST. 


This webinar will be presented by:

  • Charlie Jenkins, Sr. Director, Port of Houston Authority;
  • Captain J.J. Plunkett, Retired. U.S. Coast Guard;
  • Dana Cheney, Vice President, Gahagan and Bryant Associates, Inc.;
  • Neil McLellan, Sr. Project Manager at HDR.

Houston is the busiest U.S. port in overall tonnage and busiest for foreign tonnage.

In the wake of the Panama Canal improvements and an increase in U.S. oil exports, Port Houston initiated a channel improvement project to design a wider and deeper ship channel for safe and efficient navigation and to better accommodate the next generation of larger ships. 

Since then, they have worked in close collaboration with USACE Galveston District to develop and accelerate project completion, to best accommodate the increasingly larger vessels in the world’s fleet, as well to ensure that channel improvements are in place for future growth.

Known as “Project 11,” the current effort represents the eleventh major expansion in the Houston Ship Channel’s history.