Posted: Sep 6, 2013 12:55 PM by MELISSA CANONE
NEW ORLEANS - On September 4, 2013, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District and Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District signed a Project Partnership Agreement for the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf and Black Project in St. Mary's Parish.
The PPA allows the Corps to begin construction and dredging activities necessary to complete realignment of the federal navigation channel from its existing route through Horseshoe Bend to the adjacent Crewboat Cut. Once complete, Crewboat Cut will provide a safer, more efficient navigation route, as well as require less dredging operations to maintain the approved channel dimensions. Anticipated savings as a result of the new alignment are expected to exceed $7 million annually.
Realignment of the channel includes construction of a 1.8 mile rock dike along the eastern bank of the channel to prevent erosion, reducing the need for maintenance dredging. Once the dike is complete, the Corps will bring the upstream entrance to Crewboat Cut up to project dimensions by removing approximately 240,000 cubic feet of sediment.
The Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf and Black, Louisiana provides a 20-foot deep by 400-foot wide navigation channel and allows access from the Port of Morgan City to the Gulf of Mexico via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Bayou Chene and the Lower Atchafalaya River. This channel is critical to the support of the deep water oil and gas exploration drilling units and large transport vessels. In 2011, the Port of Morgan City ranked #108 in the nation based on total tonnage. Channel users include the oil and gas industry, commercial fishing industry, supply boats, international shipping and recreational boaters.
Col. Rick Hansen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District, and Jerry Gauther, President of the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District, signed a project partnership agreement for the Atchafalaya River and Bayou Chene, Boeuf and Black navigation project on Sept. 4, 2013.