Ventura Harbor Dredging Set for Next Month

Ventura Port District officials, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard, have launched a two-phased program to address safety issues at the Ventura Harbor entrance.

This scheme is aimed to ensure that the upcoming dredging operation that is already scheduled can be expanded to address the heavy shoaling due to recent storms and high surf which has caused hazardous conditions in Ventura Harbor’s entrance.

Pleasure craft boaters have been advised by the Ventura Harbor Patrol to not venture out of the Harbor entrance, while commercial fishermen have been advised to proceed at their own risk.

Harbormaster John Higgins said that three factors are making the entrance very dangerous – unusually large waves and swells from the El Nino condition, shoaling and a strong current running along the inside of the breakwater.

Dredging Manager Richard Parsons and Ventura Port District Commissioners Everand Ashworth and Greg Carson have met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the dredging of the harbor, to help secure an additional $2 million for dredging.

USACE recently issued a dredging contract to Manson Company, which is scheduled to start dredging of Ventura Harbor on February 9. In light of the safety issues posed by the heavy shoaling, Manson Company operators now hope to have the dredge in place as early as February 1, depending on sea conditions.

The dredge is currently in Long Beach undergoing repairs and could arrive at Ventura Harbor in a day’s travel if sea conditions become favorable.

The depth of the entrance channel, normally about 40 feet, is now 14 feet and narrow to the point that two boats could not safely pass one another in the entrance, according to Higgins. The district estimates there are 900,000 cubic yards of sand in the harbor sand trap and entrance.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( 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.

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