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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 chenderson@navigationdistrict.org.

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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.