GLDD books contracts worth $88.1 million

Written by Nick Blenkey
GLDD COO Simonelli

GLDD COO David Simonelli: “Working on these projects allows Great Lakes to help strengthen the U.S economy and support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines and infrastructure.”

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ: GLDD), America’s largest provider of dredging services is to carry out a contract on Oak Island. No, not the Oak Island in Nova Scotia known to History Channel fans as the place where the Knights Templar might have hidden the Lost Ark., but Oak Island, N.C.

The Oak Island, N.C., contract is one of several major dredging awards, totaling $88.1 million, reported by GLDD yesterday.

The awarded work includes:

  • Sea Bright to Manasquan, Section II Beach Project (Coastal Protection, New Jersey, $26.6 million)
  • Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Maintenance and Improvement Dredging Project (Capital, New Hampshire and Maine, $25.6 million)
  • Oak Island Renourishment Project (Coastal Protection, North Carolina, $17.1 million)
  • Coastal Storm Risk Management South Hutchinson Island Initial Construction Project (Coastal Protection, Florida, $11.3 million)
  • Mobile Harbor, Deepening and Widening – Phase 3 Project Modification (Capital, Alabama, $7.5 million)

The Sea Bright to Manasquan, Section II Beach Project that was awarded in the third quarter is part of the Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet Beach Erosion Control Project. At this time the base contract was awarded that includes dredging from an offshore borrow area and pumping sand to Allenhurst and Deal beaches. Open options totaling $21.1 million remain in low bids pending award bringing total contract to $47.7 million. This project will provide beach fill to towns of Elberon and Sea Girt. The client on this project is the New York Engineer District and the majority is federally funded with additional funding from the state of New Jersey. Hopper dredging work is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2021 with estimated completion in the first quarter of 2022.

The Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Maintenance and Improvement Dredging Project, awarded in the third quarter, includes widening the turning basin in the Piscataqua River with beneficial use of material offshore and nearshore. This deepening project strategically adds on to our Boston deepening project which presently is progressing on schedule. Mechanical dredging, drilling and blasting work is expected to commence at the end of the fourth quarter 2021 and is estimated to complete in the Spring of 2022. The client on this project is the New England Engineer District and it is federally funded.

The Oak Island Renourishment Project 2021/2022 was awarded in the fourth quarter and entails resuming sand placement on over 4 miles of beach. This is the second phase of the project that was funded to repair damage suffered from Hurricane Florence in 2018. Work will also include post and rope installation, turtle trawling and beach tilling. The client on this project is the Town of Oak Island, N.C. and the project is locally, state and federally funded. This hopper dredging project is expected to commence and complete in the first quarter of 2022.

The Coastal Storm Risk Management South Hutchinson Island Initial Construction Project work that was awarded in the third quarter includes constructing a beach berm and dune planting along 3.3 miles of the St. Lucie County shoreline. The client on this project is the Jacksonville Engineer District and the majority of the project is federally funded. Great Lakes hopper dredges are expected to commence and complete work in the Spring of 2022.

The Mobile Harbor, Deepening and Widening – Phase 3 Project Modification entails additional work that was awarded in the third quarter to deepen and widen the channel to allow access for larger commercial vessels. This is additional work to the current awarded contract and has a required completion by the end of April 2023. The client on this project is the US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, and is federally funded.

David Simonelli, chief operating officer commented, “Great Lakes is pleased to add these projects to our backlog of deepening and coastal protection dredging projects that will position us well for 2022. Working on these projects allows Great Lakes to help strengthen the U.S economy and support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines and infrastructure.”

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