Senate Earmarks Funding for ‘Strategic’ Ports Dredging

The Senate has approved legislation that would prioritize funding for deep-draft harbor and channel dredging for commercial ports like the Port of Gulfport that have been designated as “strategic” to national security, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran said.

The FY2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill (HR.2028), approved 90-8 on Thursday, provides $250 million for deep-draft harbor and channel dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Senate bill urges the Corps of Engineers to prioritize dredging needs at commercial ports designated as “strategic” by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Port of Gulfport, which received a Strategic Seaport designation in November 2015, is one of 17 nationally.

“The Port of Gulfport is part of a network of strategic seaports that will require some work to meet the needs of the Department of Defense. This Senate bill appropriates funding to allow the Corps of Engineers to begin carrying out these dredging projects,” Cochran said.

“The excellent military facilities throughout South Mississippi make Gulfport’s designation ideal, and I look forward to it fulfilling this new seaport mission.”

The Port of Gulfport is undergoing a $570 million restoration and expansion, which includes acquisition of inland port capabilities.

The port is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration to fulfill military seaport requirements and maintain commerce needs at the port.

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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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