Great Lakes mobilised for Umm Qasr dredging

02 May 2003
The US' Bechtel, the contractor on the US Agency for International Development (USAID) capital construction programme, confirmed on 30 April that it was close to finalising a subcontract with the US' Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Companyto carry out emergency work at the southern port of Umm Qasr. Bechtel has mobilised Great Lakes to provide survey services, pre-positioning and emergency dredging of the port, as outlined in its winning bid with USAID (MEED 25:4:03).

The emergency dredging programme will focus on the deepwater channel and port and will provide access for larger vessels bringing in humanitarian aid. At present, only smaller ships are able to enter the port due to draft restrictions. The extent of the dredging requirements will be determined once a survey ship, which arrived at the port on 28 April, has completed its work.

Great Lakes is expected to mobilise equipment for the subcontract from the region. Its biggest ongoing assignment in the Gulf is the $60 million dredging and reclamation package on the Khalifa bin Salman port and industrial area project in Bahrain.

Further dredging work is anticipated at Umm Qasr under Bechtel's capital construction contract, including the dredging of the main shipping channel. However, significant subcontract packages will be awarded through competitive bidding.

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