The Waterway

The Sabine-Neches Waterway is the lifeline that drives the economies of Southeast Texas and the U.S.
The Sabine-Neches Waterway, or the ship channel, is a “highway” through which more than 125 million tons of cargo is transported each year to energy, petrochemical and military users. That cargo includes natural gas, crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel, chemicals, steel, lumber, grain and many other products. This “highway” is vital to the economies of southeast Texas and the U.S.

  • Nation’s 3rd largest waterway (Source: American Association of Port Authorities)
  • #1 bulk liquid cargo waterway in the nation
  • Projected to become the largest LNG exporter in the United States
  • Refines a minimum of 13% of America’s daily fuel consumption
  • Stores 55% of the nation’s strategic oil reserves
  • Home of the nation’s #1 commercial military outload port
  • Refineries along ship channel produce 60 percent of nation’s commercial jet fuel
  • Refineries along ship channel produce the majority of U.S. military jet fuel

The ship channel is an irreplaceable link in our country’s energy and military transportation network. It links to an extensive pipeline system that supplies fuel to communities and businesses across the country. The ship channel and associated operations provide jobs, produce tax revenue and stimulate economic development in Jefferson County and southeast Texas.

Current annual economic benefits of the waterway to Jefferson County include more than $13 billion and more than 128,000 permanent jobs. These benefits extend throughout the state of Texas and the United States as a whole. Click here to see how.

The quality of life enjoyed by Southeast Texas residents is made possible by the Sabine-Neches Waterway.

Most jobs and businesses in Jefferson County are tied directly or indirectly to the operations of the waterway. The tax dollars generated by waterway operations provide improvements to schools, public buildings, parks and other areas enjoyed by local residents. Businesses that rely on the waterway, such as the local refineries, contribute in numerous ways to the community through education programs in schools, community project sponsorships, participation and leadership in community groups and donations to local charities and organizations. The U.S military relies on the waterway as the home of its number one commercial outload port.