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Port of Corpus Christi breaks tonnage record for first half of 2018

Posted at 5:58 AM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 10:06:00-04

The Port of Corpus Christi has had a record breaking first half of the year. Officials report moving 52.5 million tons of products through the Port between January 1 and June 30 of this year. 

Officials with the Port are attributing the growth, in part, to a nine percent growth in crude oil and a two percent increase in all other petroleum products compared to the same time period in 2017. 

"In 2017, the Port recorded its second highest year ever in tonnage, at 102.4 million tons, and we set a new record in operating revenue with $95.3 million. This is not an anomaly. These numbers continue to grow in 2018," said Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi. "We are elated by the momentum and consider this a credit to the leadership of our Commission and the continued investment by our industry partners."

The Port hopes that the increase will help the push for the Channel Improvement Project, which includes dredging the Ship Channel from 47 feet to 54 feet and widening it to 530 feet, to accommodate larger vessels and allow for safer and more efficient traffic flows.