Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, a provider of dredging services, has secured an $88M contract for the first phase of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP) Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration in the US.
MsCIP started in 2005 as a result of the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The project addresses hurricane and storm damage reduction, salt water intrusion, shoreline erosion and fish and wildlife preservation.
Under the contract, Great Lakes will dredge about 7m cubic yards of sand from borrow sources and place the material to close Camille Cut and restore Ship Island to a single elongated barrier island.
Great Lakes’ president of dredging operations David Simonelli said: “Great Lakes is pleased to have the opportunity to restore Ship Island, a national treasure with a rich history off the coast of Mississippi which was breached during a hurricane.
“It is a critical piece of infrastructure that helps mitigate the damage caused by storms, thereby helping to protect communities. We look forward to working with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District and the National Park Service as we execute this important project.”
Work is anticipated to start this summer and is expected to be complete in 2018.
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* Image: Pier and boat docks destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi.