Orion Begins GIWW Dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, will perform emergency maintenance dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) at Caney Creek and the Brazos River Floodgates in Brazoria and Matagorda counties, Texas, beginning July 21, 2015.

A contract was awarded to Orion Marine Construction in the amount of $1.6 million to remove a combined total of approximately 103,000 cubic yards of dredged material at the busy waterway.

In response to grounding reports from the barge industry, the USACE Galveston District awarded an emergency modification to Orion’s existing GIWW across Aransas Bay contract to address two high-shoal areas that are causing draft restrictions and present potential navigational safety hazards to industry and users of the waterway,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch.This contract modification allows us to carry out our mission of keeping a safe and expeditious waterway for all users along the Texas coast.”

According to Jones, the sandy dredged material will be used beneficially by placing it in the surf zone, where it will nourish the eroding beaches.

Dredging at Caney Creek (approximately 66,000 cubic yards of dredged material) will start first, followed by dredging at the Brazos River Floodgates (approximately 37,000 cubic yards of dredged material), said Jones.

Work at the Caney Creek crossing is expected to be completed within two weeks, followed by an additional week for work at the floodgates.

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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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