The Port of Houston Authority is the sponsor for the Houston Ship Channel. This responsibility encompasses a number of important tasks that help ensure the free flow of commerce in the Port of Houston. Those responsibilities include:
Dredging – project management/coordination of dredging projects of the Port of Houston Authority, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and private terminals.
Dredged Material Area Management (DAMP) — Dredged Material Placement Areas, commonly referred to as "DAMP" sites or placement areas, are areas that accept soils that have been dredged from the Houston Ship Channel. The term "DAMP" refers to the management process of placement areas that includes carefully dewatering after dredging, and ditching the site to dry. Learn more here.
Marine Construction Permits — administration of permits for the construction of docks, bulkheads, wharves, etc. that encumber Port Authority property; submerged land leases.
Pipeline, Cable, and Transmission Line Licenses — project management/administration of projects that encumber Port Authority property, including seismic exploration and right of entry.
Houston Ship Channel — project management/coordination of the project to deepen the ship channel to 45 ft and widen it to 530 ft. while using the dredged material to create approximately 4,250 acres of wetlands in Galveston Bay.
Navigation Safety — advise the US Coast Guard on navigational safety issues of interest to the Port Authority.
New Initiatives — Electronic Navigation Systems (ENS) for increased safety and fewer delays during times of low visibility and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for more efficient management of port assets and infrastructure.
The area of responsibility includes 42 miles of railroad right-of-way (ROW), Houston Ship Channel with tributary bayous and streams within Harris County, 6000 acres of dredged material areas (13 sites), and all other Port of Houston Authority properties where other entities are permitted use by the Port Commission.
111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562