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NY/NJ PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE TENYEAR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Following the completion of a major deepening project at the Port of New York & New Jersey, the port authority approved its largest ever $32.2 billion ten-year capital improvement plan to rebuild the region’s other aging infrastructure, leveraging private sector dollars, including the largest transportation public-private partnership in the U.S.

NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT AND NEW HAVEN PORT AUTHORITY CONTINUE STUDY PROCESS FOR DEEPENING PROJECT

The Corps of Engineers New England District and the New Haven Port Authority held an open comment period through February 23 for the New Haven Navigation Improvement Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The two held a public meeting on January 24 in New Haven, Connecticut.

ALABAMA STATE PORT AUTHORITY SIGNS MOU WITH CUBA

In February, the Alabama State Port Authority and the National Port Administration of Cuba signed a five-year cooperative agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Port of Mobile and the Cuban ports marks the first ports agreement signed on U.S. soil since 1959.

GREAT LAKES BEGINS MAINTENANCE WORK AT BALTIMORE HARBOR

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock began a maintenance dredging project at Baltimore Harbor channels. Under contract with the Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, the contractor will remove 1 million cubic yards. The $14.1 million contract was awarded last fall. Great Lakes began dredging in February.

PORT OF EVERGLADES CONTINUES STUDIES DURING PED PHASE FOR DEEPENING PROJECT; PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN THROUGH MARCH

The Port of Everglades announced earlier this year that it was in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ongoing efforts to continue surveys as part of the environmental process for the navigation improvement projects. The Corps is conducting studies during a two-year preconstruction, engineering and design (PED) phase, which will continue into 2018.

TEXAS STATE SENATE PASSES PORT EXPANSION ACT

On March 30, the Texas state Senate passed Senate Bill 28 – the Texas Port Expansion Act – introduced by Senator Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe). The bill passed with a unanimous vote.

Michels, Luedtke Perform Integral Work in Cat Island Restoration

Two Midwestern dredging companies played a significant role in a long-term island building project that promises environmental and ecological benefits to Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin, and also increases the region’s capacity for the placement of dredged materials. In April 2017, Luedtke Engineering of Frankfort, Michigan, completed a maintenance dredging project, which added 410,000 cubic yards to the islands.

Saginaw River Deepening Study on Hold as Funding Unavailable

For several years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has looked into deepening the Saginaw River near Saginaw Bay in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, but the federal government has not fully funded its share of a feasibility study, expected to cost $1.3 million in total.

Jan De Nul Group Excavates Foundation for Offshore Wind Farm

In mid-November 2016, Energinet.dk and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH announced that they had awarded the Joint Venture Iemants-Jan De Nul Group the EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract for two gravity based foundations (GBFs). This will be part of the Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm, a 600 MW offshore wind farm in the Danish Baltic Sea, together with the Combined Grid Solution interconnector project. As of December 2016, engineering for the project has been started.

Van Oord, Boskalis Joint Venture Assume Dredging at Brazil’s Port of Santos

The Brazilian Ministry of Transports, Ports and Civil Aviation has finally signed a contract for a joint venture (JV) made up of Van Oord and Boskalis for the capital and maintenance dredging of the Port of Santos. This follows a number of setbacks, which have delayed the project for about a year. The whole process to dredge the Port of Santos, including the initial tendering to find a contractor, should last about two years.

Two Major USACE Maintenance Contracts Executed by Cottrell

Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia, reports that its dredge Lexington has been working on a contract known as Maintenance Dredging Wilmington Harbor Anchorage Basin and 42-Foot Project, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, North Carolina Contract # W912PM-I6-C-0012 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Lexington is an 18-inch cutter suction dredge with 4,250 installed horsepower and is 200 feet long and 38 feet wide. The contract was awarded in August 2016 and the project started at the end of September 2016. All work will be completed by the end of February.

Dutch Flood Protection Program to Begin Reinforcing Houtribdijk, Critical Dike Across the IJsselmeer

In December 2016, the Netherlands Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management, known in Dutch as Rijkswaterstaat, announced its intention to grant permits for the reinforcement of the Houtribdijk to two Dutch dredging companies, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) and Van Oord. As of late January that project is set to proceed with a contract that carries a value of 90 million euros (about 96 million dollars) to be divided evenly between the two companies. The project is part of the Netherlands’ national Flood Protection Program (Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma).

Colombian River Authority to Terminate Dredging Contract with Navelena for Magdalena River

Colombia’s river management authority, Cormagdalena, said it will terminate a contract with Navelena, a consortium made up of Brazilian company Odebrecht and the Colombian government Valorcon, to dredge the country’s Magdalena River.