San Juan (PR) gets a makeover

2024-04-14T14:25:01+00:00 April 14th, 2024|Ports|

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Task Force Virgin Islands Puerto Rico has highlighted the beginning of the dredging and deepening phase of San Juan’s Harbour.

The work includes widening and deepening the inner harbour channels used by cruise ships and other types, while protecting the environment.

Details include deepening Cut-6 of the entrance channel to 47 ft, deepening the Army Terminal Channel (ATC) and Army Terminal Turning Basin (ATTB) to 46 ft, deepening channels adjacent to the cruise ships terminal to 37 ft and widening the ATC by 100 ft, as well as adding flares where the ATC meets the ATTB.

These upgrades will improve the economic efficiency of commercial navigation at the main seaport of the island, USACE claimed.

“We are eager to begin this new phase in the San Juan harbour dredging and deepening project along with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority as our non-federal sponsor,” said USACE TF-VIPR Commander, Col Charles Decker.

“Our project will result in an upgraded harbour that will meet the modern demands of the growing global and local economy while protecting our Nation’s vital natural and environmental resources.

“Once completed, the safer, faster, and more cost-effective operations of San Juan Harbour will have cascading benefits for the communities of Puerto Rico, which the USACE and Task Force VIPR are proud to serve.” he added.

During a ceremony, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, said, “These efforts are part of a comprehensive economic development strategy that seeks to expand our ability to attract maritime traffic, including for the cruise tourism industry.

“The teamwork between the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and the US Army Corps of Engineers has been key to achieving this project, to include assistance in the design and co-ordination with the entire community and maritime industry of the Island.

“It is a great example of how the state and federal government are collaborating in hundreds of capital improvement projects throughout Puerto Rico,” Pierluisi said.

USACE awarded a contract to Curtin Maritime for $56.7 mill. The California-based company will be using the vessel ‘DB Avalon’, the largest and one of the most efficient clamshell dredges in North America.

This project was authorised for construction in the US Water Resource and Development Act of 2018 and is expected to be completed in October, 2024.