AAPA Applauds Increase in USACE Navigation Program

In reviewing the $1.15 trillion amount in the U.S. House-Senate conference agreement released two nights ago for the fiscal 2016 omnibus appropriations bill (HR 2029), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) noted that there are significant funds to enhance U.S. port infrastructure.

The largest increases are for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Navigation Program and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants program.

The agreement also includes level funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants program and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Port Security Grants Program.

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said: “AAPA welcomes the significant increase in the Corps’ navigation program. The House-Senate conference agreement hits this year’s Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) ‘target’ of $1.22 billion, increases navigation construction funding, includes new study and construction starts and provides $25 million for the Donor and Energy Transfer Port program that was established in the 2014 WRRDA (Water Resources Reform and Development Act) to provide more HMT equity.

Additionally, we were pleased to see that the conference agreement approves up to seven new navigation planning studies and six new navigation construction starts for America’s 21st century maritime infrastructure,” added Nagle.

To assist America’s ports in HR 2029, there is $2.6 billion for the Corps coastal navigation projects and studies, as well as $1.2 billion from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, a 7.1 percent increase over the $1.12 billion approved last year by Congress and significantly more than the President’s fiscal 2016 budget request of $915 million.

Additionally under the agreement, DERA grants, which help U.S. ports reduce air emissions from their operations, will increase by two-thirds to $50 million (from $30 million), while TIGER discretionary grants and DHS port security grants will stay the same as last year, at $500 million and $100 million, respectively.

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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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