In what could potentially be the first step in bringing the booming cruise ship industry to the Coastal Bend…
The Joint Interim Committee on Cruise Ship Development will meet in Corpus Christi to discuss the potential benefits of establishing a cruise ship industry in South Texas.
State Representative Todd Hunter will lead the discussion which aims to bring a piece of the $21 billion dollar industry to the Coastal Bend. At the moment, Texas has only one active cruise ship terminal which is located in Galveston.
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – New improvements will be happening soon at a busy dock at a Port of Lake Charles facility.
The Port of Lake Charles approved entering into an agreement with the state of Louisiana, DOTD, and the Louisiana Port Construction Development Priority Program for a $10 million improvement project at the BT-1 Dock in Sulphur.
As part of the agreement, the port will have to supply half of the money for the construction.
August 16 – Port Everglades, Florida has signed a five-year contract extension with Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise line, for the preferential use of five terminals. The agreement extends an existing contract out to 2030 and builds on Carnival’s long-term presence at the Florida port.
As part of the deal, Carnival Corporation will have preferential use of cruise terminal 4, which reopened last year after $24 million worth of renovations and upgrades. The port is undertaking a $14 million slip extension project for the terminal, which will allow it to accommodate larger ships. Completion is expected the middle of next year.
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GULFPORT – It was an evening of firsts on the West Pier. The first Chiquita ship rolled in almost two years after the fruit company severed its 40-year tenancy at the State Port of Gulfport for a berth in New Orleans. Chiquita’s committing to another 40 years, counting lease options. It will be the first use of the state port’s new cranes that were ordered from China at a cost of $30 million. Two of the three cranes will unload the ship, carrying more than twice the cargo of its predecessors.
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The Calcasieu Ship Channel runs 34 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. The port is the 11th largest seaport in the US and an important economic power in southwestern Louisiana. Lake Charles boasts a thriving refinery industry which relies on keeping the channel clear for ever-larger deepdraft vessels. Annually, 1,000 ships traverse the channel carrying approximately 56.5 million tons of cargo. The Port expects that number to more than double by 2023. That increase will depend upon the channel’s continuing viability for large vessel navigation.
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