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"Excellent, established
working relationships
with state and federal
regulators is all important
for a successful dredging
project. Planning is
also key, along with
outstanding internal and
external communications
and scheduling."
-Bob Musser, Port Canaveral

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

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
EXPECTS THE UNEXPECTED
Construction dredging is keeping the Corps very busy up and down the East
Coast. The Panama Canal improvements are driving many of the projects.
Tim Murphy, deputy district engineer for programs and project management at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jacksonville District office, said
the Corps is now tasked with completing any port deepening study in three
years. For a project to go well, "It all boils down to communication - internal
and external - and especially communication with the public. Until construction is finished, every day is a new day." That new day may bring surprises,
the most common of which may be what 'comes up in the dirt'.
Hiring the right contractor is also critical. "We almost always do an RFP -
not low bid. You have to have the right equipment, management and operator
personnel in place." If a low bidder process is used, he cautioned that there
may be need for extra oversight.
Murphy said local contributions are vital: "Almost every project is cost
shared. If you have money in the game, it expedites things. Last year, for
example, Charleston and Jacksonville received OMB money because of local
commitments."
When disaster happens, Murphy said that the Corps has some discretion
to move quickly via reprogramming funds and emergency procurement. In
Puerto Rico after the 2017 hurricanes, "A winding river jumped its banks and
carved a new channel through the town. We assessed the problem, figured out
a solution over the weekend, developed plans and specs, awarded a contract
the next day and had a contractor working on Tuesday," Murphy said.

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The close-knit port community came
together after Hurricane Harvey. "We
are very proud of how quickly we worked
together to reopen the channel. There was
a lot of runoff from watershed, shoaling and
silting, and there were objects and obstructions in the waterways, but we were able to
get the channel open in about seven days,"
Guenther said. That is important, because
an estimated 25 percent of the nation's
gasoline and 60 percent of its aviation fuel
are produced along the Houston Channel.

FDOT Steps Up for
Canaveral's West
Turning Basin
Port Canaveral just completed the $7.5
million deepening of its West Turning
Basin, at -43 feet plus 2 feet of over-dredge.
Providing local funding can expedite dredging projects, and in Canaveral's case, approximately 75 percent of the cost was covered
by a Florida Department of Transportation
(FDOT) Strategic Intermodal System grant.
Captain John Murray, port CEO, said in
a press release, "This project opens the port
to bigger, modern industrial ships, vital to
Central Florida's economic success."
Bob Musser, the port's environmental director, said, "Excellent, established
working relationships with state and federal regulators is all important for a successful dredging project. Planning is also
key, along with outstanding internal and
external communications and scheduling.
The project manager for the Turning Basin
stayed in close contact with environmental throughout the project, which proved
highly valuable."



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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 - 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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