Maintaining the Mississippi River

Photo courtesy of Jim Finn, USACE Rock Island District Public Affairs

The Dredge Goetz crew continues to do what they do best – maintain the Mississippi River for navigation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Paul District said in their latest announcement. 

The crew was recently in Pool 16, near Buffalo, Iowa, working to maintain the 9-foot navigation channel.

The Dredge Goetz maintains 850 miles of the Upper Mississippi River, 355 miles of the Illinois River and 24 miles of the St. Croix River.

The channel provides a safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable system to move bulk commercial goods such as soybeans and corn.

According to USACE, sedimentation in the channel is caused by the normal cycle of silt movement, erosion from high water or heavy rains and changes in river currents.

To maintain the 9-foot channel, this material must be removed. The dredged material is used for upland habitat development, wetland creation, aquatic habitat enhancement, beach nourishment, winter road maintenance, levee repair and general-purpose fill.

The Dredge Goetz:

  • 225 feet long by 39 feet wide and eight feet deep, with a five-foot draft;
  • 22-inch diameter suction pipe with a 20-inch diameter discharge-pipe;
  • 4,010 total installed horsepower;
  • not self-propelled;
  • no quarter/berthing facilities.

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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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