ASA for Civil Works tours New York Harbor deepening

The Honorable Michael L. Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, recently.


Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto, Commander of the New York District, provided an overview of the District to Connor.

“The team here at New York District and I are glad that Mr. Connor is able to come out and see the work that we’ve been doing in the region,” said Luzzatto.

Luzzatto provided an overview of the New York District to Connor, explaining the region they oversee and the types of projects the district handles.

USACE photo

Following the District overview, Luzzatto, Connor, district leadership and Col. John P. Lloyd, commander and division engineer of the USACE North Atlantic Division, took a helicopter tour to get an aerial view of the New York Harbor, Kill Van Kull, Arthur Kill, South Shore Staten Island, Coney Island, Long Beach and Smith Point.

The team then made it’s way to Caven Point Marine Terminal to learn hear from those who play a crucial role in New York District’s harbor deepening, dredging, and drift collection mission.

After meeting the team, ASA Connor and company aborded the Drift Collection Vessel (DCV) Hayword.

DCV Hayword’s mission is to remove floating debris and obstructions from high use shipping channels and provide clear and safe navigation and ensure products arrive to the container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey. 

The team completed a harbor inspection in the Upper and Newark Bays was conducted to show Connor the locations of dredging and New York District sites.