USA: Port of Osceola Dredging Underway

The dredger “Venture” has been working since Sunday to clear sand and silt from the Port of Osceola, closed for a month because of low water on the Mississippi River.

Marvin Roddy, with the Memphis District Corp of Engineers, said: ”Pretty much, cut and dry, the dredge is set up like a large vacuum cleaner.”

Jeff Worsham, Osceola Port Manager, says the closure has been costly to farmers and grain haulers, “It’s costing them more in deisel and time as far as getting their trucks back and having to wait in line. Money wise i couldn’t put a dollar figure on it right now.”

According to, after the Port of Osceola has reopened, the dredger “Venture” is scheduled to either be on the Wolf River in Memphis or headed to the port at Helena/West Helena Arkansas.


Dredging Today Staff, September 27, 2012