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DREDGING
DEMANDS
By Lori Musser

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very port, even those fortunate
few carved deeply by receding
glaciers, have to dredge at some
point. It is a demanding task -
but for a port to deliver more and better
economic benefits to its region, it has to
take on the tough projects, and dredging
is one of them.
Bringing leadership, commitment, collaboration and money to the table help
ensure success. These projects are simply
too resource-intensive and time consuming
to make a mistake.

Deeper Issues
Back in 1968, a container ship carried
less than 1,600 twenty-foot equivalent
units (TEUs). Today, there are 20,000+
TEU newbuilds. The vessels of today
have evolved to create economies; a
50-year-old channel depth cannot accommodate them.
"Do we need to deepen every port on
the East Coast? No, but there may be a
need for several deep ports in an area,"
said Tim Murphy, deputy district engineer
for programs and project management

Port Canaveral works closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on
many of its projects, and has weekly calls with the Corps to help keep
everything progressing as smooth as possible. PHOTO: PORT CANAVERAL

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at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers'
Jacksonville District office.
When Congress decides the Corps should
study a project, it does a multi-port analysis.
"Once you land cargo, it has to be sent to the
hinterland. If you drive the cargo from, for
example, Savannah to Jacksonville, it takes
two hours by truck. That's a lot of the total
cost of shipping." There are strong economic arguments for ports even closer than
Savannah and Jacksonville to be deepened,
Murphy said.

Lake Charles
Ongoing Quest
Ports undertake a variety of dredge and/
or fill projects.
Channing Hayden is director of navigation for the Port of Lake Charles, the 11th
busiest seaport in the United States. Its
channel has to be dredged annually. He
said, "Federal funds are in place for the
O&M dredging. Our issue is to get enough
funding for the dredge disposal sites along
the Calcasieu River." The local match of
25 percent of the cost of constructing and
maintaining the disposal sites, as well as
100 percent of 'real estate' costs for those
sites, is difficult to find.
"This is a never-ending job, brand new
to us after 2012. Prior to that, there wasn't
a financial consideration to being the
non-federal sponsor. But, we have to have
dredge disposal sites," said Hayden.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Business Boom: Ports Report Record-Setting 2017
One-Sided Investments – U.S. Ports Call for Federal Support of Long-Term Infrastructure Development
Ship Shape: Ports Navigate Their Niches to Find Their Areas of Expertise
Finding the Right Mix – A Latin American Port’s Perspective
Dredging Demands
Water Resources System Integral to Competitiveness of US Economy and Security
Port-Based Welfare Provision: It’s About Collaboration
Index of Advertisers
Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - AAPA Headquarters
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - From the President’s Desk
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Business Boom: Ports Report Record-Setting 2017
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - One-Sided Investments – U.S. Ports Call for Federal Support of Long-Term Infrastructure Development
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Ship Shape: Ports Navigate Their Niches to Find Their Areas of Expertise
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Finding the Right Mix – A Latin American Port’s Perspective
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Dredging Demands
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Water Resources System Integral to Competitiveness of US Economy and Security
Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Port-Based Welfare Provision: It’s About Collaboration
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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