First Funding Package Passes Senate, More Money for Savannah

The Padre Island dredger during the SHEP work, Image courtesy of Great Lakes Dredge and Docks

Earlier this week, the Senate passed the first funding bill for the 2019 fiscal year, which involved a provision that would ensure additional money for deep draft navigation projects, including the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

Commenting the passage of the first package of 2019 funding bills, U.S. Senator David Perdue said: “Congress has moved one step closer to funding our government on time. This first funding package addresses many important items, including a provision I introduced to help the government prioritize deep-draft navigation projects, which will generate a great economic return.”

“East Coast ports are not deep enough to accommodate fully loaded Post Panamax ships, and this puts our country at a competitive disadvantage in the global trade market. Prioritizing these port projects will help keep us on pace with other trade competitors like China and generate a significant economic return when they are completed.

“Let’s not forget though, Congress has just nine weeks left on the Senate calendar before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. There is still much more work to be done. President Trump was clear when he said he will not sign another last-minute omnibus spending bill again. This is a good start, and I stand ready to work around the clock to get the results the American people sent us here to deliver.”

Senator Perdue’s provision included in the final bill ensures at least $100 million of the Army Corps’ unobligated construction account funding will go to deep draft navigation projects. This would give projects, like the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, a boost in its efforts to obtain full capability funding in FY19.

 

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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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