USA: Newport Harbor Avoids Serious Problem

As of Monday, August 20, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has removed the beach closure that was posted last week.

Late in the evening on Wednesday, August 15, the dredging equipment in the Newport harbor grabbed onto and broke the primary sewer line that serves all of Balboa Island. The line was immediately shutdown from service, but not before approximately 2,800 gallons of raw sewage leaked into the harbor. The secondary sewer line was engaged until a small leak was detected in the valve that connects to the pipeline; it was then shutdown to prevent additional leakage.

In an effort to maintain service to the Island, City crews with assistance from neighboring agencies responded with large Vactor trucks and worked around the clock to transport sewer waste off the Island. As of mid-afternoon on Friday, a new valve was installed and the secondary line was put back in service after conducting several tests to ensure nothing was leaking.

Efforts to repair the primary pipeline are underway with the assistance of a specialized commercial dive company that is investigating the damage and will work with City staff to develop a repair plan.

Dredging Today Staff, August 21, 2012

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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