The Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) announced on November 14 that they strongly endorse and applaud the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recommendation to Congress that the Corps hopper dredge McFarland be retired from service. The Corps made its recommendation in a just-released report to Congress on the nation’s hopper dredging fleet. The Office of Management and Budget approved that report earlier this month.
DCA Executive Director Jim Rausch said the Corps is heading in the right direction with its McFarland recommendation. “Retiring the McFarland is the next logical step in moving forward with the Corps’ greatly successful ‘Use Industry First’ policy” said Rausch. “With the McFarland’s retirement the nation will benefit from a more cost-effective hopper dredging fleet continued private investment and an increasingly vibrant and competitive marketplace.”