Great Lakes awarded $119 million in dredging work

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp., Oakbrook, Ill.,  announced today that it has been awarded.several major dredging contracts totaling $118.8 million.

The awarded work includes:

  • Post 45 Contract 4 Charleston Lower Harbor New Work Dredging Project (Capital, South Carolina, $52.9 million)
  • Emerald Isle, North Carolina Post-Florence Renourishment – Phase 3 Project (Coastal Protection, North Carolina, $30.6 million)
  • Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project, Reach 3 Lower Stauffer Channel (Capital, Texas, $15.5 million)
  • Upper Yazoo Dredging Subcontract (Capital, Mississippi, $7.2 million)
  • Grand Isle and Vicinity, West End Beach Nourishment Project (Coastal Protection, Louisiana, $6.4 million)
  • Hudson River Maintenance Dredging Project (Maintenance, New York, $6.2 million)

The Post 45 Contract 4 Charleston Lower Harbor New Work Dredging Project consists of maintenance and new work dredging of material from the Charleston Lower Harbor to Hugh Leatherman Terminal. This work is one of the final phases of the deepening project that Great Lakes began for the Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District and South Carolina State Port Authority in 2017. When all phases are concluded, Charleston will have the only 52-foot deep channel in the Southeast. Funding for this project comes from both the federal government and the state of South Carolina. Excavated material will be placed in upland placement areas and the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS). The work also includes measures to ensure compliance with requirements of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammals Protection Act. Work on this project is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020, with anticipated completion in the second quarter of 2022.

The Emerald Isle, North Carolina Post-Florence Renourishment – Phase 3 Project includes offshore borrowing of material and placement of sand over approximately 10 miles of beach in the Town of Emerald Isle in North Carolina. Funding for this project was provided from Federal supplemental appropriations after Hurricane Florence. Great Lakes also successfully completed Phase 1 in April 2019 and Phase 2 in April 2020. Work on this project is estimated to begin in January 2021.

The Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project, Reach 3 Lower Stauffer Channel work is the first segment in the harbor improvement project. Project work includes the deepening of the channel to 53 feet and the widening of one channel section to make way for larger, deeper-draft vessels serving the container and crude oil export industries in the port. The client on this project is the Corps of Engineers Galveston (Texas) District in conjunction with Port Freeport, Texas. Funding is provided by the federal government and Port Freeport.  Work is estimated to start in the fourth quarter of 2020, with anticipated completion in the second quarter of 2021.

The Upper Yazoo Dredging Subcontract consists of new work dredging in the Yazoo River Basin in Tallahatchie County, Miss. This project is a continuing channel improvement effort by the Corps of Engineers to improve flood control in the Yazoo River Basin. Work is estimated to start in the second quarter of 2021, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2021.

The Grand Isle and Vicinity, West End Beach Nourishment Project involves emergency restoration work on the severely eroded storm damaged shoreline at Grand Isle, La. This is a high priority unique coastal protection project for the state of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection Restoration Authority and the town of Grand Isle. Work on this project is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Hudson River Maintenance Dredging Project entails maintenance dredging of the Hudson River, New York City to Waterford, N.Y. The dredged material will be transported to and placed in an upland Dredge Material Placement Site. The client on this project is the Corps of Engineers New York District and is funded by the federal government. Work on this project is estimated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

David Simonelli, chief operating officer, said in a statement, “Great Lakes is pleased to add these projects to our backlog of deepening, coastal protection, and maintenance dredging work. These efforts will contribute to our 2020 performance and position us well for 2021. These projects are aligned with our strategy to support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines and infrastructure.”

Great Lakes Dredge is the largest provider of dredging services in the U.S.

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