Date: July 30, 2019 - August 26, 2019
GrimDeeper was contracted to perform third-party turbidity monitoring on the Port Canaveral Marine Structures – Cruise Terminal #3 (CT3) Improvement Construction Project. The Canaveral Port Authority (“CPA”) is the customer, RUSH Marine, LLC is the prime construction firm and oversight is provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Norfolk Dredging Company is the prime dredging contractor.
The CT3 is being constructed in conjunction with Carnival Cruise Lines and will accommodate the newest and largest ship in the Carnival fleet. The name will be “Mardi Gras”. The Mardi Gras is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Notably, the Mardi Gras is part of Carnival Corp’s “green cruising” design platform and will also be the first Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) powered cruised ship to be based in the U.S.
LNG has been steadily growing as a leading source of energy worldwide since the first commercial liquefaction plant was delivered in 1964 in Arzew, Algeria. The 180,000 ton, 1440 lineal foot Mardi Gras is set to debut in 2020. The construction of the berth at CT3 consists of demolition of existing pier, deep and low steel pipe and sheet piling bulkhead walls, steel pipe tieback A-frame, monopile and multi-pile shore and offshore mooring dolphins, dredging with offshore disposal, general earthwork, site development, utilities and asphalt work.
This project involves the mechanical dredging, using the clamshell dredger “Virginian”, of approximately 60,000 cubic yards of material from the CT3 construction site where cruise ships will dock. The excavated material is placed in a scow and dumped offshore at the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS). The project is expected to complete by end of August 2019.