Weeks Marine cutterhead dredge Captain Frank began dredging work on project on September 11, 2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is making good progress continues working on the historic project to deepen the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC) to 50 feet.
The project kicked off on September 11, 2020 and the Big River Coalition reports that USACE now estimates that seventy percent (70 %) for Phase 1 of the MRSC deepening has now been completed.
The Phase 1 section of the Ship Channel extends from Venice at Mile 13 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to Mile 22 Below Head of Passes (BHP). The completion of Phase 1 of the Ship Channel Deepening is expected to open up the first 150-175 miles of the Ship Channel to vessels with deeper drafts.
Multiple dredges are now at work on the project. You can get a detailed breakdown on which are working where in the latest update from the Big River Coalition.
Sean Duffy, the coalition’s senior executive director, will be making a presentation on the project at Marine Log’s free virtual TTB –Tugs, Towboats & Barges conference.