Fernandina Beach Sand Placement Starts This Week

The Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida, will soon receive much-needed sand as part of the Kings Bay Entrance Channel maintenance project, reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District.

The Corps awarded the dredging contract in December to Manson Construction Co. of Seattle, Washington, for approximately $23.6 million.

According to USACE, the project that is sponsored by the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is critical to commercial cargo transiting the port and also to the Navy base, which shares the entrance channel.

The project includes maintenance dredging of the entrance channel and parts of inner channel, returning the project to its authorized dimensions. It also includes beneficial placement of beach compatible sand at Fort Clinch State Park and the northern portion of Fernandina Beach.

USACE also reported that the contractor completed sand placement at Fort Clinch on Monday and is starting work at Fernandina Beach this week. Sand placement at Fernandina Beach will take a few weeks.

The project helps off-set natural erosion at Fort Clinch while the groins help protect the fort from the dynamic water-flow. Manson Construction placed an estimated 100,000 cubic yards of sand at Fort Clinch beach.

The contract originally had two alternative placement areas for Fernandina Beach: Alternative A – from Jasmine Street (where most Hurricane Matthew erosion occurred) to approximately Sadler Road, and Alternative B – from Kimberly Street to Dolphin Avenue. Contract bid costs came in higher than available funding to transport sand so far down the beach, so the Corps awarded Alternative B with the northern placement area.

The awarded beach placement area starts near Fort Clinch State Park’s coastal boundary and can go as far south as Dolphin Avenue. However, the placement will move from north to south until all material runs out, so it may not reach all the way to Dolphin Avenue. The Corps estimates the contractor will place about 150,000 cubic yards at Fernandina Beach.

The contractor will disperse about 1.1 million cubic yards of non-beach compatible sand between the approved nearshore disposal area and an offshore disposal site.

USACE officials say dredging will end no later than March 31, which is the end of the environmental turtle window allowing hopper dredging.

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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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