Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LA Harbor Board Approves Dredging Funding

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved $7.5 million for the final phase of a project to deepen the port’s main channel. Under the project, the port’s main navigational channels and basins are being extended to a 53-foot depth.

The project’s final phase, for which the board approved funding Sept. 20, involves removal of dredge surcharge material and completion of a shallow water habitat in the outer harbor. Dredging and basin turning has already been completed.

“Channel deepening has been our single-most important infrastructure priority,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said. “The completion of this project is critical to meeting the needs of the shipping lines that call at our port and growing our cargo business.”

The port’s nine container terminal tenants rely on the deep channels at the port to move cargo. According to the port, container terminals generate about 74 percent of port revenues. The port says the 15-year, $370 million project is expected to be completed in early 2013.