In late-April, another successful and fourth consecutive season of maintenance dredging in the Baltimore Entrance Channels came to a close. The Project team headed up by Contract Manager Chris Pomfret, Site Managers Kevin Holt and Bill Moore, and Project Engineer Rafael Castillo, is an enormous undertaking and a constant coordination challenge to keep the two clamshell dredges, seven hopper barges, four towing tugs, four tenders, four crew/survey boats, barge unloader, derricks and barges all working effectively together.
This contract is always performed during the first quarter of the year exposing the operation to the harsh cold temperatures and rough water conditions of the Chesapeake Bay. With so many pieces of floating equipment scattered around the open waters at one time during these unpredictable months, we should all respect the difficult decisions that our project management and captains and crews have to make to ensure safe operations in such a potentially unsafe environment. We appreciate the continued commitment to our safety culture that our management and crews and the crews of our subcontract services have shown throughout the project.

Much of the success of this project depends on the engineers and dredge operators ability to convert uneconomic dredging profiles into economic conditions through the creative use of dredge digging patterns in close coordination with dragging operations. Utilizing the full potential of our equipment takes a lot of planning and quality control, congratulations to all those involved for a project well done.

—Richard Lowry

Posted - May 14, 2009
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