The major US oil exporting port of Corpus Christi, in Texas, set a new tonnage record during the first nine months of this year.
The new record was driven by an increase of exported crude oil which was up 11 per cent year-on-year.
In the first nine months of this year, the port set a tonnage record of 79.4mn tons, passing the record 77.9mn set in 2015. This year’s growth was also driven by an eight per cent increase in other petroleum products and a rise of three per cent in breakbulk cargo.
The port authority pointed out that the increased tonnage supports its call for the US Army Corps of Engineers to move swiftly in carrying out the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvements Scheme, which includes dredging the ship channel from 47ft to 54ft and widening it to 530ft to enable larger ships to use it and for more efficient traffic flows.