USA: Grays Harbor Dredging Starts Soon

Grays Harbor annual maintenance dredging will begin March 28 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Yaquina arrives.

Working around-the-clock through April 16, the Corps hopper dredge Yaquina will dredge the Grays Harbor Entrance, Point Chehalis and South Reach channels.

The Yaquina will place dredged materials at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources-managed Point Chehalis and South Jetty open water disposal sites and at the Half Moon Bay nourishment site.

A second Corps hopper dredge, the Essayons, is scheduled to arrive April 5 and work through May 5 to dredge the Grays Harbor Bar and Entrance, as well as the Point Chehalis reaches.

The Essayons will deposit dredged materials at the South Beach and Point Chehalis disposal sites.

The Corps vessels are expected to dredge approximately one million cubic yards of material from the Grays Harbor Bar and Entrance, Point Chehalis and South reaches.

The Seattle District of the Corps works with state and federal agencies and Native American Nations to minimize harm to the aquatic ecosystem. A Biological Evaluation was prepared in accordance with the Endangered Species Act and Environmental Assessment and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Corps officials assure full compliance with the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act before starting. Potential dredging and disposal operations impacts are also avoided through implementation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-designated timing restrictions. In addition, local crab fishermen assist by temporarily relocating during operations.

Dredges Yaquina and Essayons are assigned to the Portland District and annually support Seattle District Grays Harbor operations.

Press Release, March 18, 2014

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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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