Grays Harbor Dredging Scheme About to Begin

Dredging is scheduled to begin October 3 to bring the federal Grays Harbor navigation channel to a deeper depth of -38 feet Mean Lower Low Water and remove accumulated sediments since the last maintenance dredging. 

The purpose of the dredging is to improve deep-draft vessel navigation in the Grays Harbor channel by reducing tidal delays and tidally-related draft restrictions experienced by current Port tenants’ vessel traffic.

Deepening the navigation channel is intended to reduce navigation transportation costs for the existing and projected future traffic of deep-draft vessels, and improve efficiency and reliability of navigation to and from Grays Harbor.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, awarded a $27.1 million dredging contract to American Construction Company for combined deepening and maintenance dredging of the Grays Harbor Inner Harbor federal navigation channel.

“This deepening project is critical to our ability to serve our customers, our community and our country today and well into the future as the Port of Grays Harbor continues to provide a crucial link between U.S. growers and producers and international markets,” explained Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson. 

“We value our partnerships with the Corps and our federal elected officials and thank them for all of their hard work on the project and their continued recognition and support of Grays Harbor as a port of national significance.”

Maintenance and deepening will include dredging approximately 3.5 million cubic yards of material. The contract contains three distinct work windows: October 1, 2016 – February 14, 2017; July 16, 2017 – February 14, 2018; and July 16 – September 30, 2018.

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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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