Venice Beach Dredging Resumes in March

Sand placement on Venice Beach is temporarily delayed by a mechanical problem that’s caused the shutdown of dredging operations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. Dredging is tentatively scheduled to resume in early March.

The beach renourishment project helps protect landside infrastructure and property from storm damage. The side benefits of the project include providing habitat for shorebird and sea turtle nesting, and supporting local recreation and tourism.

The Corps contractor, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD), has placed more than 294,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach to date. The completed project will place roughly 791,000 cubic yards of sand on 3.2 miles of Venice Beach shoreline. GLDD officials said they are still expecting to complete the project on time in early April.

Since the storms of 2012, dredging companies have generally worked non-stop to place sand on critically eroded beaches that will protect infrastructure along the Atlantic coastline.

This work, ongoing 24 hours daily and seven days a week, has likely taken a toll on vessels as well as other equipment. Last month the pump booster vessel, the Erin, was towed to Tampa for repairs and GLDD placed another booster on station.

On February 15, the Liberty Island, a trailing suction hopper dredge, received damage to its propellers. She sailed to dry dock in Mobile for repairs, and is tentatively scheduled to return between February 28 and March 3.

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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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