USACE Awards USD 7.7 Million Contract for Houston Ship Channel Dredging (USA)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $7,756,320 to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for dredging of the Houston Ship Channel.
The contractor is required to remove approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of material using a pipeline dredge in Galveston Bay near Kemah, Texas.
“This dredge work allows us to fulfill our mission of keeping waterways open, making way for vessels to navigate to the Port of Houston which contributes to the economic strength of the nation,” said Karl Brown, an operations manager with USACE Galveston.
According to Brown, dredged material will be placed in the Mid Bay Placement Area, an area frequently used by migratory waterfowl and other birds.
“We’ve worked diligently with our partners along the ship channel and with resource agencies during the creation of this project, in order to ensure the protection of the Galveston Bay ecosystem,” said Brown.
Dredge work is scheduled to begin the last week of December and is scheduled to be completed within four months.
USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.
Dredging Today Staff, November 30, 2011; Image: usace