USA: Wilmington Harbor Dredging Continues
The dredging project at the Wilmington Harbor, located on the Cape Fear River, officially began a few weeks ago, reports starnewsonline.com.
Bob Keistler, the project manager for the Army Corps, stated: “Since 2002 we have been deepening the river from its mouth up to the state port. We finished around 2004 and had hoped to continue deepening the harbor. However, the funding had not been available to continue the project until this year.”
The Texas, dredger owned by Great Lakes Dock and Dredge, is in charge of the project.
“The Texas is a pipeline dredger with a large cutting head on the end of the ladder that extends to the bottom of the river. That dredger is able to go through rock, and so they’ll be digging through that material and placing the spoils on Eagles Island,” said Keistler.
The total value of this dredging contract is $16.4 million, according to starnewsonline.com.
“The depth of the river there is 38 feet, and we will deepen to an approved depth of 42 feet,” concluded Keistler.
Dredging Today Staff, December 11, 2012; Image: seismicsurveys