Kelly: Amendment to Protect Harbor Commerce on Great Lakes (VIDEO)

Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), co-chairman of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, introduced a bipartisan amendment in the House of Representatives to ensure that funds for harbor maintenance are used as intended and not diverted for other purposes.

The amendment, co-authored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), was passed unanimously by a voice vote.

“The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund has carried a surplus since 1997. At the end of fiscal year 2012, the Trust Fund had an estimated $7 billion surplus that was not spent on harbor maintenance. Yet, our harbors are under-maintained. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated that full channel dimensions at the nation’s busiest 59 ports are available less than 35 percent of the time. That’s unacceptable, and just from an economic standpoint, should be unacceptable too,” stated Kelly.

Dredging Today Staff, July 24, 2013

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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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