Houma Navigation Canal Dredging Agreement Signed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and the Terrebonne Parish Port Commission have signed an agreement for contribution of additional funds which will result in more dredging and improved channel depth in the Houma Navigation Canal.

“Execution of this agreement is a tremendous accomplishment for all involved,” said Col. Michael Clancy, commander, New Orleans District. 

“It is the result of a great team effort by the local, state, and federal governments. It shows how much more we can accomplish when we pool our resources and work toward a common objective. I am very happy we were able together to get this done to have an impact this dredging season.”

Along with the congressionally appropriated $1.1 million, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government and the Terrebonne Port Commission are providing a combined $2 million to remove 700,000 cubic yards of material to meet the authorized 15-foot depth.

Terrebonne Parish’s economy depends heavily on the Houma Navigation Canal, which is used extensively by the oil industry. The Terrebonne Parish council and the Terrebonne Port agreed to supplement the Corps budget this year.

“Without the full authorized depth the parish loses business and jobs,” said Parish President Gordon Dove. “With today’s unstable oil prices the industry has been severely cut causing thousands of lost jobs. Because our region cannot afford to lose one more job.”

The Houma Navigation canal was last dredged in 2014.

The start date of the project has not yet been set.

A cutterhead dredge will work for 90 days to create a 15 foot deep by 15 foot’ wide channel from Mile 11.0 to Mile 0.0 at the Gulf of Mexico.

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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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