Dredging Restores Depth in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The dredging of two critical reaches in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Breach Inlet, off Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms, and Jeremy Creek in McClellanville has been completed.

The Wilco, an 18 inch cutterhead dredge, owned and operated by Southwind Construction, was hard at work in the waters, making the waterway safer for passage of commercial and recreational vessels.

These are heavily-traveled areas of the waterway, where increased shoaling had created a safety concern, especially at low tide.

Breach Inlet is considered one of the main thoroughfares of commercial boaters and had become treacherously shallow. The dredging project restored a 10 foot depth to this area.

Jeremy Creek is utilized by the commercial seafood industry that supplies the local restaurants with fresh catches, which is an important part of the local economy. Dredging the reach to eight feet allowed the industry to keep thriving.

The District partnered with Charleston County to fund this project. The County paid $500,000 of the $2.6 million cost to remove 250,000 cubic yards of material from Breach Inlet and 110,000 cubic yards from Jeremy Creek.

That is roughly equivalent to 25,000 dump trucks of material taken out of Breach Inlet and 11,000 dump trucks out of Jeremy Creek. The dredged material was placed in Charleston District disposal sites close to each area.

The last time the waterway was dredged in various areas was six years ago using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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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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