St. Johns River Dredging Forum

The plans to deepen as much as 13 miles of the St. Johns River from 40 to 47 feet are the subject of a public forum set for Tuesday night.

Jacksonville’s main shipping channel is a 21-mile stretch of the St. Johns River extending from the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean to the Jacksonville Port Authority’s (JAXPORT’s) Talleyrand Marine Terminal.

Deepening the harbor is essential to meet the needs of larger cargo ships transiting the Suez Canal today – and the expanded Panama Canal – as those vessels deliver cargo to JAXPORT terminals.

A 47-foot depth for the federal channel would position JAXPORT as the first U.S. East Coast port of call for fully loaded New Panamax class vessels. However, environmentalists say the project could compromise water quality and destroy many of the river’s ecosystems.

Billee Bussard from the Beaches Democratic Club will be sponsoring the forum, according to the WJCT.

The list of panelists includes JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor, David Jaffee who heads up the University of North Florida’s Ports Project and John Orth with the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The forum starts at Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Neptune Beach Public Library.

 

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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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