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Sabine-Neches Waterway to be featured at Seaport Saturday

PORT ARTHUR, TX – The Sabine-Neches Navigation District will feature fun, interactive games at its Seaport Saturday booth May 16 to teach children and families about the Sabine-Neches Waterway and the upcoming deepening project

“This is an exciting time for the Navigation District and the Southeast Texas area as we embark on the first waterway deepening project in 50 years,” said Clayton Henderson, assistant general manager of SNND.  “We look forward to the opportunity to teach kids and families about the project and the positive impact the waterway has on our lives.”

Seaport Saturday is a free event sponsored by the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont that celebrates National Maritime Day and National Transportation Week.  Families can enjoy food, live music from Jazz Innovators, riverboat rides on the 40’ Ivory Bill pontoon boat and a chance to see the Point Glass, an 82’ U.S. Coast Cutter commissioned in 1962.  The cutter served in Vietnam and is the last one in its class still in service.  It is now owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America Sea Scout program.

Seaport Saturday will take place Saturday, May 16 from 10a.m. to 5p.m. at the Riverfront Park in downtown Beaumont.  Other featured organizations will include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Port of Beaumont and the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont.

For more information, contact Clayton Henderson, Assistant General Manager of the SNND at 409.729.4588 or


About the Sabine-Neches Navigation District
The SNND responsibly manages, advocates for and improves the ship channel and navigable waters of Jefferson County to enhance the economy, environment and quality of life in Southeast Texas.  The SNND, local sponsor of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, is a political subdivision of the state of Texas and has operated in Jefferson County for more than 100 years.  The Sabine-Neches Waterway is an engine that drives the economies of Southeast Texas and the U.S., pumping billions of dollars into the economy and generating nearly 300,000 permanent jobs.

About the Sabine-Neches Waterway
The Sabine-Neches Waterway is the nation’s third largest waterway, transporting more than 125 million tons of cargo each year.  It is the nation’s No. 1 crude oil import channel and home to the No. 1 commercial military outload port. Refineries along the ship channel produce 60 percent of nation’s commercial jet fuel and the majority of U.S. military jet fuel. Additionally, 55 percent of the nation’s strategic oil reserves are supported by the waterway.

Texas House Passes H.R. 2040 to Commend Paul Beard

Resolution celebrates Sabine-Neches Navigation District chairman’s service and leadership

PORT ARTHUR, TX – The Texas House of Representatives today passed House Resolution 2040 by Rep. Joe Deshotel (Dist. 22), which commends Sabine-Neches Navigation District Chairman Paul Beard for his outstanding leadership and longstanding commitment to the betterment Southeast Texas.

“There are many honors that come with representing Southeast Texas.  But one of my favorite is being able to bring statewide recognition to deserving constituents such as Paul Beard,” Rep. Deshotel said.  “He is a true asset to us all and his work will positively affect all of Texas for years to come.”

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President Signs WRRDA Bill

PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS – Today the Sabine-Neches Waterway deepening project achieved its final milestone for federal approval. President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law, emphasizing the positive impact of the bill on the country and American communities and praising the broad bipartisan support.

Now, the deepening project is federally authorized to move forward. The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from our local, state and federal officials. We are celebrating today’s success thanks to their diligent efforts in promoting the project.

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Congressman Weber Tours Waterway

August 29, 2013

Congressman Randy Weber Takes Helicopter Tour of the Sabine-Neches Waterway

From left: Weldon Dunlap; U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas); Clayton Henderson, Sabine-Neches Navigation District.

PORT ARTHUR, TX—Fourteenth District U.S. Rep. Randy Weber viewed his district’s economic engine, the Sabine-Neches Waterway, yesterday from a new vantage point. The Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the local sponsor of the Waterway, facilitated an aerial tour for the congressman, beginning at the Port of Beaumont and concluding with Golden Pass LNG near where the channel meets the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading