Freeport Harbor Dredging Kicks Off

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, began urgent maintenance dredging last week at the Freeport Harbor by using the government-owned trailing suction hopper dredge WHEELER.

The 45-day project will include removal of approximately two million cubic yards of dredged material from the Freeport Entrance Channel, jetty channel and inner harbor, followed by an additional eight days of critical maintenance dredging at the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

The ports of Corpus Christi and Freeport are ran”ked 7th and 31st in the nation, respectively, with regards to commercial tonnage,” said Army Capt. Robert Burnham, a project operations manager with the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “These economic values, coupled with the fact that these are two very fast shoaling ports, means that maintaining the federally authorized depths are paramount.”

According to Burnham, the Corps is expected to remove approximately 400,000 cubic yards at the Corpus Christi Entrance Channel.

The dredge WHEELER is owned and operated by the Corps, with its homeport being New Orleans.

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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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