LA Navigation Issues Highlighted

In an effort to secure funding for navigation channel maintenance, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director, Paul Aucoin, participated in a Congressional Roundtable before the United States Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Friday, November 13, 2015.

The meeting was held in New Orleans at the Louisiana State Supreme Court and the discussion focused on “The Importance of Port, Waterway, Flood Control & Ecosystem Restoration Improvements to the Nation’s Economy: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)”.

Following passage of WRDA 2014, Congress made a commitment to passing a WRDA Bill every two years to fund critical infrastructure projects.

By holding the Roundtable, the Committee and area leaders highlighted current issues facing Southeast Louisiana and the need to include them in the 2016 WRDA Bill.

Aucoin, who appeared on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), stressed the importance of maintaining and constructing the nation’s maritime infrastructure to economic growth, which depends on the movement of goods through ports to and from the global marketplace.

For all the effort put forth by ports to encourage port facility investment, the nation’s economic future is at risk due to insufficient Federal investment for essential maritime infrastructure improvements and maintenance.

Importance of dredging

The Mississippi River, one of America’s greatest natural resources, is experiencing high flows and sediment loads, which highlights maintenance dredging problems.

Vessels transporting goods to and from the Port of South Louisiana have had to navigate with channel depth and width restrictions from March through August of this year.

Full use of the WRDA’s Harbor Maintenance Tax revenues would provide the estimated $70 million per year needed to fully maintain the main river channel and perform dredging of South Pass and other navigation work that has been deferred annually since 2007,Aucoin emphasized.

This channel improvement will enable ports along the Mississippi River to accommodate the global trend of larger ships, thus keeping us world-class.”

Aucoin also stressed the River Region’s dire need of flood protection levees and flood control and the importance of coastal restoration in the protection of not only the ecosystem but also of life and property during severe weather events.

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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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