The Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County, Texas, owns and operates docks and freight handling facilities at the Port of Corpus Christi, which is on the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles north of the US-Mexico border. The port has terminals designed to handle general, refrigerated, and liquid and dry bulk cargo. Port facilities are served by rail carriers and highways, as well as by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The agency was created by Nueces County voters in 1922 as Nueces County Navigation District No. 1; it became the Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County, Texas, by an act of the Texas Legislature in 1981. Commissioners appointed by local government entities oversee the agency.
An important part of the Port Authority's strategic plan is the La Quinta Trade Gateway project, an 1,100-acre development that will include a multimodal facility for the transfer of cargo, trailers, and containers between ships, trucks, and rail cars. The Port Authority is receiving land from the former Naval Station Ingleside for the La Quinta project. After decades of contemplating the development, in October 2009 port officials signed a partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers to finally start the project by dredging the La Quinta channel to extend it to 1.5 miles wide and 40 feet deep. When the La Quinta project is completed, it's expected to handle some 700,000 containers per year.
The shipment of wind turbines through the Port of Corpus Christi has been a growth market for the Port Authority in recent years. Wind turbines are shipped in from Denmark, Brazil, China, and South Korea en route to wind farms across the US. To build a storage and processing facility for wind turbines, the Port of Corpus Christi has asked for federal stimulus funding. Its request for $195 million in federal funding also would go toward the La Quinta project as well as the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor (a rail and road project). – less