Keeping the Santa Barbara Waterways Navigable

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The Santa Barbara Harbor dredging project started on March 1st and already created a narrow, passable channel with a depth of 20ft at zero tide, according to Dominique Samario, an administrative analyst and public information officer with the city’s waterfront department.

The February 17 storm that brought torrential rains, high winds and large ocean swells to Santa Barbara Harbor, also deposited massive amounts of sand in the harbor entrance, leaving it only 7ft deep at zero tide.

Image source: City of Santa Barbara

As a result, vessels leaving or entering the harbor had to do so at high tide, with some larger-draft vessels unable to exit or enter at all, the City of Santa Barbara said in its announcement.

On February 23, the U.S. Coast Guard established a ‘safety zone’ at the harbor entrance, conferring legal authority to harbor patrol to manage, allow or disallow all vessel traffic out of or into the harbor.

The safety zone designation will expire on March 16, providing full resolution of any navigation issues at the harbor entrance, the city said.

Dredging of the Santa Barbara Harbor is typically conducted once every spring and fall.

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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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