The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, has awarded a small business contract in the amount of $8.3 million to CJW Construction Inc., to conduct maintenance dredging at the Houston Ship Channel between Sims Bayou and the Turning Basin in Harris County, Texas.
The contractor will be required to remove approximately 800,000 cubic yards of material using a pipeline dredge, with work expected to begin on May 1, 2015.
“Dredging allows the Corps to fulfill its mission of providing safe and navigable waterways for vessels importing and exporting goods to and from the Port of Houston and industries along the channel,” said Tricia Campbell, USACE Galveston District operations manager.
“The Port of Houston is one of the world’s busiest ports, consistently ranking first in the nation in foreign waterborne tonnage; first in U.S. imports; first in U.S. export tonnage and second in the nation in total tonnage and is a vital component to the local, state and national economies.”
According to Campbell, the dredged material will be placed in House Tract and West Clinton placement areas.
The project is expected to be completed by January 2016.