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USACE Galveston District awards $5.1 million contract to dredge Sabine Pass Outer Bar and Bank Channel

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract to Manson Construction Company in the amount of $5,189,300 for maintenance dredging within the Entrance Channel of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, Texas.

A hopper dredge will remove approximately 3.15 million cubic yards of sediment from the Sabine-Neches Waterway Entrance Channel beginning in September 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2016.

“The Sabine Neches Waterway serves as an irreplaceable link in our nation’s energy and military transportation network,” said Deputy Chief Christopher Frabotta, USACE Galveston’s Operations Division. “The waterway not only links to an extensive pipeline system that supplies fuel to communities and businesses across the country, it supports more than 100,000 permanent jobs and pumps billions of dollars into the economy each year to stimulate economic development in Texas.”

According to Frabotta, the USACE Galveston District partnered with the Sabine Neches Navigation District to maintain the waterways and facilitate and sustain commerce in the ship channel for Southeast Texas and the nation. The Sabine Neches Waterway provides deep water navigation from the Gulf of Mexico to various port facilities including the Port of Port Beaumont (ranked 4th in domestic and foreign tonnage), the Port of Port Arthur (ranked 20th in domestic and foreign tonnage), and the Port of Port Orange.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.

District awards $15.6 million dredging contract for Houston navigation channels

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc., in the amount of $15,692,500 for the maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel, Redfish Reef to Morgan’s Point.

Contractors will remove approximately 2.3 million cubic yards of shoal material from the channels using a hydraulic pipeline dredge to ensure waterways remain open for navigation.

“Dredging allows the Corps to fulfill its mission of providing safe and navigable waterways for vessels importing and exporting goods to and from the Port of Houston and industries along the channel,” said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District. “The Port of Houston ranks first in the nation in foreign waterborne tonnage; first in U.S. imports and second in the nation with respect to total tonnage.”

Campbell stated the contractor will begin dredge work in areas where high shoaling has occurred and place material from the project in the Mid-Bay Dredged Material Placement Area. The project is one hundred percent federally funded with work scheduled to begin in September 2016.

USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict, or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEGalveston.