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DREDGING ADVANCES IN CHILE’S VALDIVIA CITY RIVERS

Dredging at Chilean Calle Calle, Cau Cau and Cruces Rivers is reaching its final phase, as the project reaches an 85 percent completion rate, according to local media. Built in 1987, the country-owned dredge Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue extracted at least 217,000 cubic meters (283,825 cubic yards) of sediments, with some more 45,000 cubic meters (58,858 cubic yards) to be extracted by other smaller supporting dredges, the country’s Ministry of Public Works (MOP) said. As dredging at the rivers surrounding Valdivia City advances, MOP expects the depth of those rivers to reach 4.5 meters (14.8 feet) for larger vessels. The local government also expects the project to improve the navigability from Valdivia to the commune and sea port of Corral.  

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