PHOTO: Dredge Mike Hooks Working in the Calcasieu Channel

Image source: The Corps

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, has just released a photo of the dredge Mike Hooks working in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

The channel was formed by channelization of the Calcasieu River from Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico—36 miles—and an additional 32 miles out into the Gulf.

It provides deep draft access to the Port of Lake Charles, which is currently the 13th largest port in the nation based on tonnage. In order to keep this waterway open, the channel requires maintenance dredging one to two times per Fiscal Year.

According to the Army Corps, the inland reaches between Mile 5.0 and 28.0 require dredging every other year, alternating between Mile 5 and Mile 17 and Mile 17 and Mile 28 every other year, and the uppermost reaches between Mile 28.0 and 36.0 require dredging every 5 to 8 years.

Over the next few weeks, the cutterhead dredge Mike Hooks will be busy in the Calcasieu Ship Channel, keeping the channel at its congressionally authorized dimensions of 400 feet in width and 40 feet deep.

 

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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.

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