Port Houston serves as the local sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel and works in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and improve this federal waterway for the benefit of the greater Port of Houston, the region, and the nation. This effort includes annual maintenance dredging as well as projects to improve the waterway.

Port of Houston logo next to US Army Corps of Engineers logo

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mega study of potential improvements to the Houston Ship Channel is nearing completion. The study, which started in 2015, is being done in partnership with Port Houston and focuses on the feasibility and national benefits of various widening, deepening, and other improvements for the channel.


This would be the eleventh major improvement project to the waterway over its history dating back more than a century.

As the local sponsor of the waterway, maintaining and improving the Houston Ship Channel is the top priority for Port Houston. The improvements being studied seek to ensure that the waterway safely continues to accommodate growth of commerce in the greater Port of Houston to the benefit of the many industrial users of the channel as well as the national economy.

The improvements are needed as soon as possible. Port Houston is working with the Corps, Congress and the administration, as well as many local partners and stakeholders, to expedite the approval and funding of this project. Working together with industry stakeholders and with our partners on this improvement effort, the Houston Ship Channel will continue to be a national asset.

The Houston Ship Channel Expansion Project is a collaborative effort involving many industry partners. Listed below are companies and organizations that have passed resolutions in support of the project.