Read the latest news on dredging projects at East Coast ports as they prepare for mega-ships arrivals once the Panama Canal expansion project is finished. 


In the 17 years since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started its reconnaissance study of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, other countries have accomplished a tad more in terms of marine infrastructure projects.

News & Analysis

Savannah River
10 Jul 2014
Ship pilots at the Port of Savannah, who said earlier this week that vessels wider than 142 feet must transit the Savannah River during flood tide, now say the ships may move at other times if they are assisted by two tractor tugs.
dredging at Port of Oakland
30 May 2014
Congressional appropriators, or those with the purse strings, aren’t bound to follow the guidance set forth by the Water Resources Reform Development Act, which President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign into law.
Ro-ro ship at the Port of Brunswick
05 Feb 2014
Although its channel depth is supposed to be 38 feet at the harbor entrance, Brunswick, Ga., currently has only 31 feet at low tide due to shoaling and inadequate funding for dredging, constraining shipping at one of the nation’s largest auto gateways.
Map showing Mumbai, India.
24 Sep 2013
India’s Mumbai Port Authority has awarded Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors a contract for maintenance dredging of port berths to help alleviate draft restrictions.
St. Petersburg, Russia.
24 Sep 2013
Royal Boskalis Westminster has won a €130 million (about US$175.3 million) contract from CJSC Baltstroy for the dredging and construction of the Bronka Port shipping channel in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Yang Ming ship at TraPac
26 Aug 2013
If the Mile Point project, which would fix problems preventing fully loaded container ships from calling at the Port of Jacksonville most of the day, doesn’t get federal authorization soon, Jaxport is prepared to take on the $38 million fix itself, using state money and getting reimbursement from the U.S. when WRDA passes.
dredging operation at Port of Oakland
15 Aug 2013
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., next month will introduce legislation that would repeal the controversial harbor maintenance tax and replace it with a user fee to fund harbor dredging and maritime-related intermodal infrastructure projects.
Jetset, a water injection dredger, displaced 180,000 cubic meters of silts from the Liverpool2 site.
13 Aug 2013
Peel Ports has appointed specialized contractors BAM Nuttall and Van Oord to construct a new in-river quay wall at the Port of Liverpool’s post-Panamax container terminal, Liverpool2, in the U.K.
02 Aug 2013
The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has plans to consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 when Congress returns from its August recess in September...