Lake Worth Inlet Dredging Kicks Off

The Lake Worth Inlet emergency maintenance dredging project began yesterday, October 21st, right after the contracted dredging vessel arrived at the scene. The vessel will perform 24-hour continuous dredging to address “severe shoaling” in the Inlet. 

Lake Worth Inlet connects Palm Beach Harbor to the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Palm Beach is the fourth busiest container port in Florida and the eighteenth busiest in the continental United States.

The Inlet has experienced severe shoaling over the past several weeks, and the Palm Beach Pilots’ Association has implemented draft restrictions as low as 25’ of depth to vessels calling on the Port of Palm Beach.

Recognizing this critical issue for the Port of Palm Beach and its users, Port staff swiftly and diligently worked directly with the Palm Beach Pilots’ Association, the Army Corps of Engineers and the towns of Palm Beach and Palm Beach Shores to secure the dredge to bring the Inlet closer to its -33’MLW advertised depth,” Manuel Almira, Director of the Port of Palm Beach said in a letter that was sent to Port of Palm Beach tenants and users.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this emergency maintenance dredging should sustain an unrestrictive depth until the regularly-scheduled annual dredge that is expected to begin in early 2015.

“It is to the credit of a quick-thinking and collaborative effort between Port staff and our local and federal partners that we will be able to successfully achieve this much-needed emergency maintenance,” Almira said.

Dredging Today Staff

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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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