Port of Corpus Christi

Port of Corpus Christi is a major port located in Texas, on the western Gulf of Mexico. The channel is 47 feet deep and was first opened in 1926 after a large dredging and construction project. Over the years the channel and turning basin were deepened to accommodate large vessels. The port channel across the bay was widened from 200 feet to 400 feet in 1952 due to a bottleneck problem. In 1968, the grain elevator was struck by lightning resulting in an explosion and the death of one employee. The grain elevator was repaired and back in operation the following year.

It has a total trade value of 76,157,693 short tons annually, according to 2013 data, and is ranked in the top ten ports in the United States by total trade. It is the number one U.S. port for crude oil export. The principal cargoes for imports include crude, gas and fuel oil and main exports are gasoline, petroleum coke and coal among many other products.

Port Capabilities

The port is capable of handling a variety of cargo types and offers a selection of facilities for many uses.

Capabilities include:

  • Dry bulk
  • General cargo
  • Breakbulk
  • Liquid bulk
  • Wind energy and project cargo

Facilities include:

  • Cargo docks
  • Liquid docks
  • Bulk terminals
  • Open storage
  • Warehouse

Two large terminals, Southside and Northside, have a large variety of important features including dockside rail or truck transfer, ship side covered storage, access to railways, and highways and many acres of open storage areas. Liquid bulk services include 14 public oil docks with availability to handle 160,000 DWT tankers and 22 docks for petroleum and petrochemical products. Dry bulk docks are available to load or discharge a variety of products. A grain elevator is located on the Inner Harbor. The entire area is secure and provides safe operations for many types of goods handling.

Foreign Trade Zone

The port is part of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #122. The program, in place since the 1930s, provides secure areas to facilitate a trade to increase the ability for U.S. based companies to take part in global business. Products are allowed to be moved, stored, assembled, displayed, tested, and produced in areas that specifically do not require payment of duties until goods are moved into the American marketplace. The zones are designed to streamline the supply chain process allowing for an easier and less complex process.

Safety is of utmost concern at locations such as this. Those who work on and near vessels face hazardous conditions on a daily basis. Accidents and injuries can occur in shipyards and on vessels. If you were seriously hurt in an accident at the Port of Corpus Christi, we can help protect your rights. Contact us today using the online form to learn more about how to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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