Friday, October 18, 2013

Dredging to Begin at Port of Kalama’s TEMCO Site

The Port of Kalama commission on Oct. 16 voted to award an $857,000 maintenance dredging contract to Hickey Marine Enterprises for a project to maintain the draft needed for large cargo ships traversing the port.

Vancouver, Washington-based contractor Hickey Marine will remove materials in front of the TEMCO Grain Terminal located at the port. TEMCO, which is co-owned by Cargill and CHS Inc., is itself in the midst of a $50 million grain-export expansion, which it expects to complete in early 2014.

“One of the goals of the Port of Kalama is to provide the facilities needed for the commerce and success of our business tenants,” Port of Kalama Economic Development Manager Jacobo Salan said. “We are consistently taking a proactive approach to upgrading and enhancing port infrastructure for these purposes.”

The expansion was undertaken by TEMCO after the Columbia River channel was deepened by three feet, to 43 feet, thus allowing bulk grain ships to carry more cargo per load.

The latest project is expected to begin November and run through the end of 2013, according to the port. Kalama officials say general business activity at the facility isn’t expected to be interrupted during the dredging.