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Picture: Port of Corpus Christi

The Galveston Engineer District (SWG) has awarded Callan Marine Ltd., Galveston, Texas, a $102,896,306 firm-fixed-price contract for pipeline dredging. Bids have been solicited through the web with three acquired. Work will likely be carried out in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of July 11, 2025. Fiscal 2023 civil development funds; fiscal 2023 civil operation and upkeep funds; and financial 2023 Port of Corpus Christi funds, within the quantity of $102,896,306 have been obligated on the time of the award.

That is the fourth and last multimillion greenback contract for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Enchancment Undertaking (CCSCIP). Callan Marine will full dredging on the ultimate stretch of the mission—the Inside Harbor attain. With the ultimate contract the complete mission will beneficially use roughly 5 million cubic yards of dredged materials.

“Via in depth useful resource company coordination, cooperation with our non-federal sponsor—the Port of Corpus Christi—an in depth relationship with the Texas Normal Land Workplace and an incredible partnership with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries program, about 5 million cubic yards of dredged materials will likely be became virtually 1,000 acres of one thing helpful whereas leaving capability in upland placement areas for routine upkeep dredging disposal,” stated Lisa Finn, SWG’s environmental program supervisor for operations.

The general channel enchancment mission would fight erosion throughout the channel by offering 395 acres of sacrificial erosion safety together with the development of a 2,000-foot breakwater—to tie right into a presently deliberate 4,000-foot breakwater—within the Nueces Delta. The Nueces Delta is presently eroding at a staggering fee of about 8.2 toes per yr, Finn stated.

The mission additionally goals to nourish degraded habitats by changing 206 acres of open water in an estuarine marsh. A further 120 acres of intertidal dwelling shoreline will likely be created to offer shoreline safety and forestall highway overtopping, Finn stated.

The mission may even create one other 200 acres of an industrial use web site for native financial and industrial entities.

“With this mission, the Galveston District makes nice strides towards the Chief of Engineers’ imaginative and prescient to extend useful use of dredged materials,” stated Col. Rhett Blackmon, SWG’s district commander.

“This is among the largest useful use initiatives the district has ever constructed,” stated Chris Frabotta, SWG’s operations chief. “That a lot dredged materials would replenish the Astrodome greater than 3 times.”

The mission will enhance roughly 11.9 miles of the related delivery channel, successfully widening the channel from 400 toes to 530 toes and deepening it from 47 toes to 54 toes.