Mat Sinking Unit docks after long, extended season
by MBJ Staff
Published: March 19,2013
MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District’s (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), has completed an extended mat-sinking season.
This revetment season included a larger than normal program with critical repairs being made to sites damaged as a result of the 2011 historic flood.
During this longer, eight-month, revetment season, the MSU placed 442,786 squares covering approximately 1,018 acres. If these three feet by two feet, three-inch-thick concrete blocks were stacked, they would extend almost 21 miles high.
Mat sinking is not an 8-to-5 job. Employees live and dine on the quarter boats that tie off to the bank near the work area. These men and women work in shifts and perform one of the most important jobs in the Corps of Engineers river stabilization program.
The MSU is the only one of its kind in the world and consists of the Motor Vessel Benyaurd with the quarter boats, the Motor Vessel William James with the mat sinking plant and the Motor Vessel Harrison which all work together to distribute articulated concrete mat squares on the banks of waterways.
These concrete mats assist with the prevention of erosion and protect submerged riverbanks. The scope of work encompasses three Corps’ districts, seven states, and multiple watersheds, and utilizes proven technology in river engineering and operations.
“This was almost like a deployment overseas,” stated Joel Brown, acting chief of the revetment section. “All of the team members are ready to see their friends and families.”
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Mississippi Film Studios signs contract with New Orleans company
- Peavey's wellness program honored after workers drop 1,000 pounds
- Mars Food expanding Delta plant; investing $31M and adding jobs
- Watkins says JRA out to block him from Farish by repaying HUD $1.5M
- Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula
- Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriages
- Board authorizes sale of company that owns Silver Slipper Casino
- State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis
- DAVID DALLAS: You say “Obama”, I say “Ebola”