Importance of Port of New Bedford Dredging Highlighted

The Port of New Bedford has submitted a $15 million TIGER grant for the 2017 round offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, said in their latest announcement.

The port is seeking funds to build 800 feet of additional bulkhead in the North Terminal and complete Phase V dredging.

This project will finalize the cleanup of the harbor, create more dockage space for vessels, create at least 900 new jobs and unlock millions in additional private investment, according to the announcement.

“The purpose of this project is to promote growth in the Port of New Bedford across multiple industries: fishing, offshore wind, cargo, and island freight,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell. “With the EPA’s recent approval, we are now in a position to seek funding for construction, and I am grateful to our federal and state legislative delegations for their support.”

“We feel we submitted a strong application, clearly demonstrating how this project will increase efficiencies for a number of water-dependent businesses and will spur immense economic development and private investment for the long-term,” added Ed Washburn, Port Director.

If awarded, this grant could leverage approximately $20 million in state dredging funds and complete the portion of the harbor cleanup not overseen by the EPA.

Once completed, private business will be able to invest in maintenance dredging and business expansion in a simplified and more cost effective manner, the city said.

 

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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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