Mississippi Port Approves $1.5M Dredging Project To Pave Way For Wood Pellet Export Facility

Port of Pascagoula commissioners this morning approved a $1.5 million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The board awarded the $1.47 million contract to C. F. Bean LLC for the dredging, testing, transporting and disposing of about 45,000 cubic yards of silts around Terminals E and […]

Port of Pascagoula commissioners this morning approved a $1.5 million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility.

The board awarded the $1.47 million contract to C. F. Bean LLC for the dredging, testing, transporting and disposing of about 45,000 cubic yards of silts around Terminals E and F.

Port Director Mark McAndrews said the contract is higher than typical because there is a chance of contaminants that will need special handling. “Years and years ago they handled some lead concentrate, and some got into the material in the berth,” he said. “That’s the only berth we have like that.”

Any contaminated sediments will be trucked to the MacLand Disposal Center, a certified landfill, and any clean materials will be placed at the former International Paper Co. mill site.

The dredging work will take about a month to finish, and it is being funded through the port’s harbor maintenance fund.

From Gulf Live: http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2013/05/port_of_pascagoula_approves_15.html

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