Dutra Completes Port Canaveral Dredging Program

Port Canaveral has completed the deepening of the West Turning Basin, which now allows deeper draft access to the port’s container cargo facility operated by GT USA at North Cargo Berth 5 and 6.

The 6-month project, worth $7.5 million, deepened the West Turning Basin to the authorized depth of -43 feet plus 2 feet additional overdredge, complimenting the existing authorized Port channel depth of -44 feet.

With the channel to the West turning Basin and approximately 2,000 feet of quay now at -43 feet, Port Canaveral boasts one of the deepest draft and working cargo berths with no air draft limitation between Miami and Norfolk, the port said in their release.

The West Turning Basin deepening was necessary for Port Canaveral to allow larger cargo vessels safe access into our Port,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO. “This project opens the Port to bigger, modern industrial ships, vital to Central Florida’s economic success. We will experience a continued growth of cargo into the region, making Port Canaveral more competitive and increased economic opportunities.”

More than 826,000 cubic yards of dredged material was removed by the contractor Dutra Group. All work was performed under specific conditions of environmental permits issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

With the deepening project complete, Port Canaveral is currently in the bidding process to purchase a mobile harbor crane, with an 18/19 container reach. The crane is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018.

Image source: Port Canaveral

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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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