Brazos Dredging Starts Soon

The recently awarded maintenance dredging project for the Brazos Island Harbor (BIH) Jetty and Entrance channels in South Texas is about to begin, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District.

Weeks Marine Inc. won this $6.5 million contract and will perform maintenance dredging of the BIH Jetty and Entrance channels.

The contractor is required to remove approximately 651,000 cubic yards of sandy material using a pipeline dredge to clear the navigation channels; all sandy material will be used beneficially to nourish South Padre Island beaches.

Our partnerships with the City of South Padre Island and the Texas General Land Office, and their instrumental cost-sharing participation, will allow the Corps to conduct the largest beach nourishment project undertaken at South Padre, providing multiple benefits with lasting impacts on the South Texas economy,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch.

According to Jones, the Brazos Island Harbor deep draft navigation project consists of a 42-foot deep by 300-foot wide by and approximately 23 miles long channel; extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Brownsville and Port Isabel.

The Port of Brownsville is ranked 69th in the nation with respect to commercial tonnage (5.6 million tons total in 2012),” said Jones. “The major commodities moved through the port include: petroleum products, ores and minerals, steel and other metals, vegetable oils, and grains.”

Work is scheduled to begin in October 2015 with an estimated completion date of February 2016.

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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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