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US Gulf Report Special Report www.joc.com 16 The Journal of Commerce | November 25 2019 By Hugh R. Morley THE PORT OF Houston Authority (POHA) is looking to accelerate a $1 billion project to widen the Houston Ship Channel so it can accommodate larger vessels, working to attract fi nance and support from area busi- nesses to complete the project six years earlier than expected. The agency also approved a $5.5 million engineering contract for the project, less than one month after a new Texas law took e ect limiting entry to ships smaller than 1,100 feet — about 9,500 TEU — from the ship channel unless 80 percent of the port pilots give their approval for a larger ship to enter. Houston looks to accelerate channel-widening project Making way

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