USACE: Fort Pierce Project Update

Photo by Jose Bilbao, USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announced yesterday that additional sand placement will require dredging operations related to the Fort Pierce Shore Protection Project to continue until May 31 – with demobilization activities occurring into mid-June.

Additional erosion along the project area since award of the contract in December 2017 has necessitated the need to place approximately 125,000 cubic yards of additional material to construct the design template. This will bring the total amount of sand placed within the one mile stretch of eroded beach to approximately 510,000 cubic yards, said USACE.

The project, conducted by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Oakbrook, Illinois, is reconstructing areas of eroded beach and provide hurricane storm damage reduction. A side benefit to the project is that it helps restore shorebird and marine turtle habitat, as well as improves recreational opportunities in the area.

Crews will dredge beach quality sand from an offshore borrow area and transport it via hopper dredge to the inlet where it will be pumped onto the beach via a pipeline. A team will use heavy equipment on the beach to move the sand around to create the design berm. Dredging operations will run 24 hours/7 days a week, weather permitting, USACE stated.

The Fort Pierce renourishment project is funded in partnership between USACE and St. Lucie County.

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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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