Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp., Oak Brook, Ill., announced yesterday that it has been awarded dredging contracts totaling $107 million.
The awarded work includes:
- Norfolk Harbor Navigation Improvements Project (Capital, Virginia, $56.8 million)
- Charleston Lower Harbor Maintenance Dredging Project (Maintenance, South Carolina, $15.4 million)
- Tampa Harbor Maintenance Dredging 45-Foot Project (Maintenance, Florida, $13 million)
- New Jersey Wind Port, Stage 1, Access Channel Dredging Project (Capital, New Jersey, $7 million)
- Various Maintenance Projects (New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina, $14.8 million
The Norfolk Harbor Navigation Improvements Project, awarded in the third quarter of 2022, entails work to deepen and widen the Thimble Shoal Federal Navigation Channel. The channel is the main route into Norfolk Harbor. Work is expected to complete by the end of the third quarter of 2023.
The Charleston Lower Harbor Maintenance Dredging Project, awarded in the second quarter of 2022 by the Corps of Engineers, is the first maintenance work project in this harbor since the completion of its deepening projects. Dredging work has already begun with estimated completion in December.
The Tampa Harbor Maintenance Dredging 45-Foot Project, awarded by the Corps in the third quarter of 2022, consists of dredging in the Tampa Harbor Entrance Channel to maintain the channel for ships servicing Port Tampa Bay. Work is expected to commence in the fall and completed in the first quarter of 2023.
The New Jersey Wind Port, Stage 1, Access Channel Dredging Project, awarded in the second quarter of 2022, will create a navigation channel from the federal Delaware River Channel to this hub-style offshore wind marshaling port. The New Jersey Wind Port will be the first purpose-built wind port on the East Coast, providing heavy-lift and component facilities with open access to the Atlantic Ocean. The port will serve offshore wind lease areas in New Jersey and elsewhere on the U.S. East Coast. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is the lead agency supporting the port development. The New Jersey Department of Transportation is the contracting authority for the project. The dredging work has already begun and is expected to be completed in the third quarter.
In addition, Great Lakes was awarded a number of smaller maintenance projects that included The East Rockaway Inlet Maintenance Dredging Project in New York, the Military Ocean Terminal (MOTSU) Maintenance Dredging Project in North Carolina, the Maintenance Dredging of the Buttermilk Channel in New York and the Berth Maintenance Dredging Project in South Carolina.
“Great Lakes is pleased to add these projects to our backlog of deepening and maintenance dredging projects that will contribute to both our 2022 and 2023 performance," David Simonelli, the company's chief operating officer said in a statement. "In addition, the land being created at the New Jersey Wind Port project will support the state of New Jersey’s efforts towards renewable energy development.”