The US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, has awarded Alaska Marine Excavation (AKMX) a two-year maintenance dredging contract for Nome Harbour.
AKMX will be responsible for pre- and post-dredge surveys, annual maintenance dredging, and near-shore placement of the dredged material under the US$1.5 million contract at the south coast port on the Seward Peninsula.
USACE reported last year the 2018-2020 Nome Harbour Maintenance Dredging project calls for the removal of 3,058 cubic metres of sediment from the inner entrance channel.
It added that an additional 7,640 cubic metres may need to be removed from the outer entrance channel, 11,500 cubic metres in the sediment trap, and 3,820 cubic metres in the harbour basin.
The work period for the 2019 and 2020 dredging works will be early May to late July, depending on the “ice out” conditions.
“Nome is a remote city, even by Alaska standards,” AKMX said. “The challenging weather and sea conditions, exposure to the Bering Sea, and limited project time-frame adds another layer of difficulty.”