Post-Florence project in full swing

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock’s hopper dredge Liberty Island has started dredging and pumping operations for the PHASE III of the post-Florence Renourishment Project.

As reported by the Carteret County officials, the Liberty Island dredged, hauled, and pumped the first load of sand from the ODMDS to reach 1 in far Western Emerald Isle on Friday (2/26/2021).

“We have “ok” seas in the forecast this weekend so hopefully we’ll see some good productivity this first week,” the officials said.

They also added that arrival of the second dredge (the Ellis Island), scheduled to work on the project, is expected sometime in mid-March.

The Ellis Island will work in tandem with the Liberty Island until the project is completed by the April 30th deadline.

During the Phase III of this beachfill project, more than 2 million cubic yards of sand from the Offshore Dredged Material Disposal Site(ODMDS), associated with Morehead City Federal Navigation Project, will be used to nourish 9.4 miles of beach in Emerald Isle.

Photo: Carteret County