USA: Corps Partners with US Coast Guard to Save Time and Money

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide maintenance dredging, construction oversight, environmental coordination and hydrographic surveying services for nine U.S. Coast Guard stations located along the Texas coast, increasing navigation safety while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars annually.

“After learning that the Coast Guard was having difficulty obtaining maintenance dredging contracts for their stations, we offered them our services,” said Operations Manager John Machol, USACE Galveston District Navigation Branch. “Having this partnership enables us to be proactive. We conduct periodic hydrographic surveys of their stations, tell them when they need to dredge, update their permits and put contracts in place to perform the maintenance dredging before it becomes a crisis.”

Previous to the partnership, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Unit Miami was in charge of providing the planning, design, contracting, construction management oversight and dredging of the Texas-based stations’ waterways in support of Coast Guard missions.

“The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have a long history of outstanding partnership throughout all coastal regions of the United States, especially in the Galveston District,” said U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Miami Cmdr. John Berry, commanding officer. “Our ability to coordinate efforts for environmental permitting, hydrographic surveys, maintenance dredging and construction oversight not only keeps waterways open for thousands of commercial and recreational mariners, but it allows Coast Guard vessels to safely navigate in and around our stations located along the Texas coast. This collaborative effort effectively saves taxpayer dollars by streamlining resources and increasing navigational safety while ensuring that Coast Guard vessels are able to conduct critical missions like search and rescue and law enforcement.”

According to Machol, incorporating U.S. Coast Guard dredging requirements into the district’s regularly scheduled federal channel dredging cycles will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in mobilization costs alone.

“This was the first time the district executed a support agreement with the Coast Guard to dredge and maintain one of their channels along the Texas coast,” said Machol. “The first job we tackled was USCG Station South Padre Island, where sand deposits in the boat basin inhibited their cutter from reaching the dock, requiring the Coast Guard to divert to Corpus Christi, several hours away from the crew’s families in Port Isabel. It was a hardship that adversely impacted the Coast Guard’s mission.”

With the support agreement in place, the district surveyed the basin and the adjacent placement area, developed plans and specifications, and awarded a contract to Goodloe Marine Inc. to dredge the 40,000-square feet basin to the authorized 10 feet depth to allow vessels to dock at U.S. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island.

“The partnership is a key component to preserving our national security, and we’re interested in continuing this mutually beneficial relationship with the Coast Guard for many years to come,” said Machol.

Press Release, October 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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