Dredging on Savannah River Entrance Channel 60Pct Complete

The Savannah River entrance channel deepening is approximately 60 percent complete, Griffith V. Lynch, the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), said in the latest project update.

In the near future, this portion of the project will benefit ship traffic by opening a wider tidal window and greater scheduling flexibility for neo-Panamax vessels.

At present, the Port of Savannah is serving vessels up to 10,700 TEUs, and is expected to handle a 13,000 TEU vessel in May.

“We are working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, our elected officials in Washington, and Gov. Nathan Deal’s office to ensure that the appropriate funding is in place to complete the Savannah Harbor deepening in a timely manner,” said Lynch. 

Although the estimated cost of the project has recently increased to $973 million, the Corps has also released new benefit projections. The benefit to cost ratio of the project has significantly increased from 5.5:1, to 7.3:1 – one of the largest returns on investment on a navigation project for taxpayers in the country.

 To date, the following progress has been made on the harbor expansion:
  • Contribution to striped bass stocking program – Complete:
  • Purchase 2,245 acres wetlands for SNWR mitigation – Complete;
  • Remove CSS Georgia – 80% Complete;
  • Deepen Entrance Channel to 49 feet; extend 7 miles – 55% Complete;
  • Construct DO injection systems – 28% Complete;
  • Construct Raw Water Storage Impoundment – 65% Complete;
  • Raise disposal area dikes – 64% Complete;
  • SB I: Remove Tide Gates, Abutments – 48% Complete.
 At the Port of Brunswick, the FY2017 entrance channel maintenance dredging was completed in March. Following this most recent dredging, the Corps estimates channel depths up to 37 feet – the deepest draft for Brunswick in several years.

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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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