In order to stop future flooding of the Jamapa and Cotaxtla rivers in Veracruz, Mexico, the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) recently decided to execute an emergency project for the purpose of cleaning, de-silting and preventing further flooding in those rivers. The project required a total of eight cutter suction dredges, all manufactured by Ellicott Dredges.
The project included works in more than 12 kms along both rivers, CONAGUA contracted separately several experienced dredging companies foe the job.
In spite of the difficulties, the project’s objectives were successfully met. In 10 months, the dredges removed an approximate total of 2 million cubic meters of silted material from the rivers and created the specified channel. The project’s results have been very positive; a proof of this is that to date, no other flooding events have occurred in this area.
The dredging, performed following the channel requirements determined by CONAGUA – dredging to depths of up to 5 m, was performed following environmental regulations by the Mexican Environmental Agency (SERMANAT). The dredged material consisted of sand, gravel and clay. This material was placed in designated areas to be utilized later on for various purposes.
Dredging Today Staff