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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Funds approved for dredging at Port Fourchon

Funds approved for dredging at Port Fourchon

Additional funding has been approved in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fiscal year 2015 spending plan to allow for expanded dredging at Port Fourchon.

According to Davie Breaux, deputy port director, the additional $3.5 million in funding, which comes on top of $1.1 million already in a 2015 federal spending bill, will be used to dredge the portions of Bayou Lafourche and Belle Pass that are federally designated for that purpose.

Belle Pass is maintained at a level of minus 27 feet while the specific portion of Bayou Lafourche is maintained at minus 24 feet.

“This will basically be maintenance dredging to keep levels acceptable for marine traffic,” Breaux said.

He also noted that a portion of the funding is expected to be used for jetty work on the east side of the pass.

“The plan is to add additional rocks to the east side of the pass and perhaps extend them out a bit further, depending on the cost,” he said. “Some repair and recapping of existing portions of the jetties is also expected to take place.”

“Louisiana’s ports and waterways are at the center of transporting goods and services to the rest of the country.

Maintaining and updating our ship channels, levees and canals is critical,” said U.S. Senator David Vitter (R), who was instrumental in securing the funding.

Port Fourchon services over 90 percent of all deepwater oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.