Port of Seattle Deepening Study Halfway Through

Port of Seattle and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are halfway through a deepening feasibility study that will evaluate alternatives for deepening the navigation channels in the East & West Waterways up to 55 feet.

Port of Seattle is one of the first ports in the nation to participate in the Corps’ new, streamlined process for deepening studies. The study is on track to be completed on time in the fall of 2017.

This was highlighted on Monday when one of the largest cargo ships in the world, the CMA CMG Benjamin Franklin, arrived at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 18 in Seattle.

The entire cargo industry is upsizing to big ships. To keep the Puget Sound gateway competitive, we must invest in our terminal facilities and road and rail networks to efficiently handle these larger vessels and additional cargo,” said John Creighton, president of the Port of Seattle Commission.

The larger vessels require terminals with deeper berths, stronger piers and bigger container cranes.

NWSA’s 10-year strategic business plan outlines how the company will address the competitive challenges to grow cargo volumes, create jobs and improve financial performance, including planned upgrades in the North Harbor’s Terminal 5 and South Harbor’s Terminal 4.

The plan defines opportunities to develop strategic terminals that are equipped to handle ultra-large container ships and the increased cargo volumes these ships bring.

It proposes a phased build-out of the strategic terminals based on market demand, opportunities to optimize existing facilities and using excess container acreage for alternative cargo to further diversity the NWSA’s cargo portfolio.

Terminal investments currently underway include:

  • Terminal 5 berth modernization;
  • Terminal 4 pier modernization.

 

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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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