Port Tampa Bay: Big Bend Channel Expansion Wraps Up

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The Big Bend Channel expansion scheme is complete – a year ahead of schedule, Port Tampa Bay said in its latest announcement. 

The $63 million milestone project, which deepened and widened the Big Bend Channel, will allow for larger ships to call at the terminals.

“This is one of the largest projects we have worked on at Port Tampa Bay,” said Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson. “This is a legacy that truly reshapes our economic landscape and will impact generations to come.”

The U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District awarded the Big Bend contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Docks Co., which started project work in October 2018.

The Oak Brook, Illinois, based dredging contractor completed the job last week, a year ahead of schedule. It was slated as an 18-month project.

According to Patch, the project deepened the entrance channel, east/west channel, inner channel, turning basin and local service facilities at Big Bend from 34 to 43 feet. It widened the entrance channel from 200 to 250 feet for a length of 1.9 miles. The project also deepened the existing turning basin to 43 feet, and expanded the existing turning basin to 1,200 feet.

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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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