USA: Cashman Bags Portland Harbor Dredging Contract
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract for the dredging of Portland Harbor.
“With so many large ships coming in and out of Portland, it’s absolutely critical to have a navigable harbor,” said Pingree. “The cruise ships, tankers, fishing boats, cargo freighters, and more that bring millions of dollars into the local economy every year depend on a deep port. I’m glad this project can move forward so we can maintain the channel and keep our waterfront working.”
“This step forward is welcome news,” stated Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. “Just like our roads, bridges, and rail lines, the shipping channel through the Portland Harbor is a critical component of our transportation infrastructure and supports our regional economy. Thanks to our federal partners, this planned dredging will ensure that our port is navigable for many years to come, even for the largest ships sailing the seas.”
The contract was awarded to Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, for $9,231,250. Work is expected to be completed by March 15, 2014.
The Army Corps estimates that the maintenance dredge will remove about 700,000 cubic yards of materials from the 35-foot-deep channel.
The channel was last maintained in 1999.
Press Release, August 6, 2013