The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, has awarded two contracts for maintenance dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Texas.
The first contract, worth $8.9 million, was awarded to Goodloe Marine Inc., for dredging between Freeport Harbor and Matagorda Bay, Texas, and the second contract, worth $4.5 million, was awarded to Mike Hooks Inc., for dredging between High Island to Rollover and Bolivar Flare in Galveston and Chambers counties, Texas.
“The GIWW is an essential component of the nation’s navigation network extending for 1,109 miles from Appalachee Bay Florida to Port Isabel Texas,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch.
“The GIWW is the third ranked inland waterway in the nation handling 126 million short tons of cargo. The 379-mile Texas portion of the GIWW handles more than 73 million short tons of cargo annually valued at $42 billion.”
According to Jones, approximately 75 percent of this cargo is classified as petroleum and petrochemical-related products.
“Maintenance dredging of the GIWW between Freeport Harbor and Matagorda Bay, Texas, will remove approximately 2.75 million cubic yards of material, which will be placed at various placement areas along the waterway,” said Jones. “We’ll also use approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand beneficially to nourish the Gulf shoreline in the vicinity of Sargent Beach, Texas.”
According to Jones, work is scheduled to begin this month with an anticipated completion date of April 2016.
“Maintenance dredging of the GIWW between High Island and Rollover Pass, Texas, will remove approximately 1.1 million cubic yards of material, of which approximately 194,000 cubic yards of sand will be used beneficially to nourish the Gulf shoreline in the vicinity of Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas,” said Jones.
Work is scheduled to begin this month and the scheme should be completed by February 2016.