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Louisiana firm to begin dredging Vicksburg Harbor next week

Drought River ShippingVICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District will begin dredging the Vicksburg Harbor on Nov. 3. The dredging project is scheduled to take 11 days.

The dredging is an annual activity that ensures the navigation channel is clear from sediment buildup left by the natural flow of the Mississippi and rainfall runoff.

One of the primary missions of the District is supporting navigation across its 68,000 square mile area of responsibility. This includes the shallow draft harbors and ports of Greenville, Vicksburg, Rosedale, Yellow Bend, Lake Providence, Madison Parish and Claiborne County.

The District recently announced the award of a contract to dredge on the Mississippi River for $4,390,701 to Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, Louisiana. The work consists of furnishing, delivering and operating one cutterhead, hydraulic pipeline dredge, of which Weeks Marine owns seven.

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