New Projects to meet increased activity and new vessels
HOUSTON – McCarthy Building Companies has been awarded three port construction projects along the Texas Gulf Coast. Two of the projects, which total $99 million, are for Port Houston Authority (PHA) – Bayport Wharf 6, a continued expansion of the Bayport Terminal, and Container Yard 3N at Barbours Cut Terminal. The other is a barge dock project for a private petrochemical company along the Houston Ship Channel. The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of nearly 200 private and public industrial terminals along the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel and is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage.
“We are very pleased to continue our more than 25 year working relationship with the Port Houston Authority and assist them in modernizing the port, and we are happy to have earned the trust of a new client,” said Fitz O’Donnell, Vice President Marine/Industrial for McCarthy Southern Region. “Our vast experience and ability to self-perform work provides us a great basis for successful and on-time completions.”
The PHA Wharf 6 project is at the Bayport Container Terminal in Seabrook, Texas. It includes construction of a new 1,000-foot-long wharf that will allow for the latest generation of container cranes to unload shipping containers from neo-Panamax vessels. The project is partially funded by U.S Department of Transportation Maritime Administration in the amount of $21.8 million. The project scope includes the installation of drilled shaft foundations, both pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete, crane rail installation, ship fender and mooring system, substantial dirt work and dredging activities. Construction on Wharf 6 began in May 2021 and will last 26 months. The project is directly attached to the Wharves 4 and 5 Rehabilitation project McCarthy is currently completing.
The Barbours Cut Terminal Container Yard 3N project will add approximately 10 acres of new shipping container storage at the terminal complex. This project is a rehabilitation of the existing site which will include new utility upgrades, new high-mast light poles and a realigning of the main interterminal access road through this area. Work began mid-May 2021 and will be complete around February 2022. The project is adjacent to the recently completed Container Yard 1N/2N project at the Barbours Cut Terminal, also done by McCarthy.
Additionally, McCarthy was also awarded a project by an international petrochemical bulk storage terminal services company, located within the Port of Houston. The construction project provides for the addition to an existing bulkhead wall and for the construction of a new unloading barge dock. The project began April 2021 and will take 11 months.
McCarthy has worked at various ports along the Gulf Coast for approximately 30 years and is the nation’s eighth largest port and marine builder ranked by Engineering News Record. McCarthy’s experience in marine construction spans a diverse array of project types including petrochemical liquid terminal facilities, bulk cargo handling terminals, to deep water container terminal ship docks. McCarthy undertakes complex projects for public clients such as Port Freeport and Port Houston, private mid-stream clients and is partner of choice for EPC firms servicing oil and gas and petrochemical clients. In past 15 years, McCarthy has completed over half a billion dollars’ worth of work in the Port Houston alone.