Poplar Island Work Progresses

Image source: Maryland Environmental Service

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, said in its latest announcement that their Poplar Island development project is moving ahead. 

This work is part of Baltimore District’s Poplar Island expansion project, which is a partnership with the Maryland Port Administration, to create an additional 575 acres using clean material dredged from the Maryland Chesapeake Bay approach channels to the Port of Baltimore.

Large rocks and sand are placed to create dikes to outline the expansion cells, allowing dredge material to later be placed within the cell. These submerged rocks are currently being placed within the area marked by the cautionary buoys and will only pose a hazard to vessels that venture inside this zone.

USACE said in their latest release that they are urging boaters to steer clear of ongoing construction activities and submerged rocks marked by cautionary buoys in these areas.

“Crews working at the north end of the island have noticed an increase in the number of recreational vessels that are crossing the work zone,” said Justin Callahan, project manager for the Baltimore District’s Poplar Island project. 

“There is a very real danger of vessels hitting rocks just below the water surface in the work area. Public safety is always the number one priority for us so we want to make sure people know why the buoys are there and know to avoid the work area.”

Approximately 32 cautionary buoys have been placed around the work zone, which extends more than a mile north of the existing island. More than half of these buoys are lighted, USACE said.

These buoys are intended to steer boaters away from potentially dangerous submerged rocks that are part of the ongoing Poplar Island expansion project.

 

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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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