Friday, April 5, 2013

POLA Completes 10-Year Channel Dredging Project

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with elected officials and leaders from the Port of Los Angeles and the US Army Corps of Engineers, marked the completion of a 10-year, $370 million project to deepen the port’s main channel on April 3.

“Completion of this project means that the port will remain competitive globally, and continue to be a strong source for jobs and regional revenue growth for years to come,” Villaraigosa said.

The deepening, which was conducted by the Corps on the port’s behalf, is being touted as a major milestone in the port’s ongoing efforts to assure its continued competitiveness and growth, since it allows LA to continue to accommodate bigger, more modern vessels from around the world.

“Our increased competiveness will strengthen our regional and national economies – resulting in job creation in my district and across the country,” Congresswoman Janice Hahn said during a ceremony held on the rear deck of the USS Iowa floating museum to mark the event.

The project involved deepening of LA’s 45-foot deep Main Channel, West Basin Channel and East Basin Channel to a 53-foot depth. During the course of the decade-long effort, the Corps generated and relocated 15 million cubic yards of dredge materials to various sites throughout the port, some of which was used to construct the 104-acre acre Cabrillo Shallow Water Habitat, providing a replacement habitat and feeding area for fish and marine birds in the outer harbor.

“The number of ships and the volume of goods they will bring, the number of jobs that will result and the economic impact on the local area and throughout the nation are important numbers,” Col. Mark Toy, commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, said. “But the true worth of the project is the benefits it will provide for people. Directly or indirectly, locally or nationwide, immediately or in the future, the work we recognize today will benefit the lives of many people.”