Galveston Dredging Deal Confirmed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded few days ago a $11.5 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for routine maintenance dredging of the Galveston inner and outer bar, entrance channel and extended entrance channel as well as the Houston Ship Channel between Bolivar Road and Redfish Island.

According to USACE, approximately 725,000 cubic yards of sand material dredged from the Galveston inner and outer bars may be placed beneficially onto the adjacent shoreline of Galveston Beach starting at the 61st Street Pier working westward, as part of a contract option requested by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees and Texas General Land Office.

Dredged material will be placed in Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Number One, approximately five miles offshore

While undertaking its mission of keeping America’s waterways navigable, the Corps is able to turn that into an added benefit for the community by placing dredged material (sand) on the Galveston Beach for tourists and residents to enjoy,” said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District. 

According to Campbell, since the Corps must dispose of dredged material in the most cost effective manner, the Texas General Land Office and Galveston Park Board of Trustees will finance the incremental cost for placement of material beneficially along the seawall in lieu of placement in the ocean dredged material disposal site. The cost of this contract option is an additional $8,859,000.

Beaches are essential for storm surge protection and have been important economic drivers for the tourism industry on the Island. This project is a significant milestone in the implementation of a 50 year sand management plan adopted by the Park Board of Trustees,”  said Kelly de Schaun, executive director, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees.

Dredging of the federal channel is expected to begin in early June using a hopper dredge with pump out capability and end by November 2015. The beneficial use project at the seawall is expected to begin approximately 60 days after the contractor begins work.

 

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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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