Great Lakes Dredge announces $91 million in new projects

(OAK BROOK, Ill.) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp., the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, has announced the receipt of dredging awards totaling $91 million.

The awarded work includes:

• The Virginia Beach project (coastal protection, Virginia, $22.6 million);
• The Sandbridge project (coastal protection, Virginia, $20.3 million);
• Galveston Ship Channel (maintenance, Texas, $21.2 million);
• Freeport LNG Basin (maintenance, Texas, $4.6 million)
• San Jacinto variation order (rivers and lakes, Texas, $17.1 million) and
• Missouri River 2019 floods, emergency levee repair (rivers and lakes, Nebraska, $4.7 million).

The scope of work for the coastal protection projects includes nourishment of beachfronts with sand excavated from offshore sites, which is then used to rebuild dunes and restore the shorelines eroded by winter storms. The projects will be executed in the second half of 2019 and into 2020 and will be performed by hopper dredges with a minimal disruption to the local communities with a view to increasing the resilience of our coastal environments to challenges from rising sea levels.

The Galveston Ship Channel project is a contract to restore the Galveston Ship Channel in Texas to its authorized navigable depth. Some of the dredged material will be pumped on Galveston beaches as beneficial use. Work on this project will be completed by the end of this year. Within the Freeport LNG Terminal basin, Great Lakes will perform maintenance dredging to make way for the commissioning of Freeport LNG Terminal’s first cargo.  

The San Jacinto variation order is an extension to the project Great Lakes performed in the first half of this year. The San Jacinto project was the first major Houston-area flood-control project after Hurricane Harvey and is continuing the work of reducing the flood risk and restoring a two-mile-long stretch of the San Jacinto River to its pre-Harvey state.  his project will be executed in the second half of 2019.

For the Missouri River 2019 floods emergency levee repair project, Great Lakes is a subcontractor to Western Contracting, using the cutter suction dredge Iowa. The goal is to stop the flow of water through the breached levees so repairs can be made to areas behind the damaged levee. This work will be executed this summer.

By Professional Mariner Staff