Corps of Engineers awards dredging contract to local firm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, has awarded an annual dredging contract at three locations on the Kenai Peninsula to a locally owned firm. Alaska Marine Excavating of Anchor Point won the $5 million, 5- year contract to dredge the Ninilchik Harbor, the Homer Harbor and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Hickory Berth at Homer. The company’s bid was the lowest price with technically acceptable criteria.
The Corps of Engineers conducts maintenance dredging in support of Alaska’s commerce. The Alaska District began contracting out-dredging to private industry in 1989, after many years of using government owned dredges. The Corps is responsible for maintenance dredging at five harbors annually (Anchorage, Homer, Ninilchik, Dillingham and Nome) and at 40 harbors periodically. The Corps also maintains navigation channels at several other communities.
Ninilchik Harbor dredging will begin in late April. Homer Harbor and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Hickory Berth dredging will be accomplished in September.