Weeks Marine Inc. will be busy over the next couple of months with the maintenance dredging of the Southwest Pass in Plaquemines, Louisiana.
The $12.2 million contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, the Department of Defense reported yesterday.
According to the Corps, the work will be completed with the use of a cutter head or hopper dredge. The material dredged from Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River will be used for wetland development.
USACE expects the project to be completed by July 5, 2017.
To ensure safe, efficient navigation through the lower Mississippi River channel, the Corps’ New Orleans District works from an annually appropriated budget to dredge the Mississippi River.
From the Gulf of Mexico, through Southwest Pass, up to River Mile 10 AHP, USACE removes approximately 17 million cubic yards of sediment each year from the deep draft navigation channel.