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Sabine Neches Waterway Developments
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District last week awarded a $2,673,800 contract to King Fisher Marine Service LP to dredge in the Sabine-Neches Waterway, in Jefferson County, Texas, and in the Sabine Pass Channel located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Release

“The dredging will address areas where shoaling has occurred to enable crude oil tankers as well as the liquefied natural gas vessels to navigate through these waterways rather than being diverted to other ports,” said Joe Hrametz, chief of the Operations Division at USACE Galveston District. “The less these ships have to travel, the lower their transportation costs will be, which is important for both the producer and consumer in these difficult economic times.”

Also last week the USACE  signed off on the Chief of Engineers Report that will facilitate efforts for the Sabine Neches Waterway to be deepened and widened. Report

“I am pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers has finally completed the Chief’s Report for the Sabine Neches Waterway Deepening Project,” said United States Representative Ted Poe. “Completing the deepening of the Sabine Neches Waterway channel has been a top priority since I was elected to Congress.”

The project will deepen the waterway from 40 feet to 48 feet and the offshore channel from 42 to 50 feet in depth. The length of the channel will be increased from 64 miles to 77 from the outer bar (where the ships enter the waterway about 30 miles out into the Gulf) to the Port of Beaumont.

“Now that the Chief’s Report has been completed, it is time for Congress to act by authorizing the SNWW project in the next Water Resources Development Act,” Poe said. “Until then, I will continue to vigorously advocate for this crucial project by educating other Members of Congress on the importance of the SNWW to our country’s energy industry and national security. With their support, I am confident that this will be included in the WRDA bill.”

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