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WEDA Webinar - Houston Ship Channel Widening and Deepening Update


Houston Ship Channel Presenters

  • 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

Moderator: Lori Brownell, Director of Channel Improvement, Port of Houston Authority
Facilitator: Kathryn Thomas, Vice President, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc. 

If you are not a current WEDA member or Gov't employee, please either become a member or register for this webinar ($25 fee) before accessing the presentation or viewing the webinar. Thank you.

Thursday, January 14, 2021
noon to 1:30 PM EST


General Webinar Overview:  
The Port of Houston Authority (Port Houston) of Harris County, Texas serves as the non-federal sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel. Port Houston and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have a successful partnership in building, maintaining, and growing this waterway for more than a century, to the significant benefit of the region, state, and nation. The Port Houston Commission, at its November 2019 meeting, awarded two professional services contracts, one to TC&B/GBA, a Joint Venture of Turner Collie & Braden Inc. and Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc., and one to HDR Engineering, Inc., to provide professional services for engineering, design (including Pre-construction Engineering and Design [PED] services), project coordination, and other general assistance to accelerate field work and design for the Houston Ship Channel Expansion Channel Improvement Project (HSC-ECIP). These design contracts were awarded to enable acceleration of the USACE design and implementation processes associated with a traditional, federally authorized navigation improvement project. Under the accelerated plan, construction of the HSC-ECIP will begin in 2021 with the major project components completed in 2024 (versus USACE normal construction schedule starting in 2024). The webinar will provide an overview of the HSC history and national importance, capture the Houston Pilots perspective of navigation the current and future channel conditions, pertinent design elements, and upcoming project implementation schedule.

Presenter Bios

This Houston Ship Channel webinar is being offered by WEDA as part of our mission to share knowledge and information about dredging. Because WEDA is a non-profit organization, with its goal not to make money but to share information, WEDA is offering this webinar complementary to current members and government employees and $25 for non-members and $10 for students.

Non-Members & Students

If you're unsure if your WEDA membership is active, please contact us at info@westerndredging.org.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you online!

~ WEDA Educational Commission