Recent News:

Gahagan & Bryant Associates, (GBA) Welcomes Mr. Frank Hamons – former Deputy Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA)

Frank Hamons has over 33 years of executive level port management experience in developing and directing major projects and programs in dredging, dredged material management and channels and navigation systems maintenance and improvement. As Deputy Director for Harbor Development for the MPA, he developed and directed Maryland’s first Dredged Material Management Program (DMMP) which included, long range dredging and placement options planning, options selection, feasibility studies, project engineering and design, channel and facility construction, operations, maintenance and public outreach. Frank has 13 years of experience in natural resources management, was Chief of two divisions at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and directed programs ranging from individual species management to watershed planning, monitoring and management. Frank’s success in dredged material management and navigation is due in part to his ability to reconcile harbor and navigation needs with environmental and community interests to produce cost effective, expedited project results.

Frank served as the leader and primary spokesperson for the State of Maryland DMMP. He played pivotal roles in the success of the Masonville Dredged Material Containment Facility and Community Enhancement Projects, the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project, Hart-Miller Island, and the 50-foot Channel Deepening Redesign. He served as the Chair of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Harbors and Navigation Committee three times during his career, as well as Chair of the Quality Partnership Initiative, a partnership among AAPA, its member ports, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which was created to improve the working relationship between ports and the Corps in order to improve joint project delivery.

Delaware River Main Channel 45ft Deepening Project

Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. (GBA) is providing dredging engineering and project-related consulting services to assist the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) during the ongoing construction of the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project.

The authorized deepening project provides modifying of the existing Delaware River Federal Navigation channel (Philadelphia to Sea Project) from 40 to 45 feet. The project follows the existing channel alignment from Delaware Bay to Philadelphia Harbor, Pennsylvania and Beckett Street Terminal, Camden, New Jersey. The project also includes deepening of an existing Federal access channel at a 45-foot depth to Beckett Street Terminal, Camden, New Jersey.

Project Status

  • Dredging for the first 12-mile portion of the project (Reach C) was conducted from March to September 2010.
  • On November 10, 2011, second portion of the project (lower portion of Reach B) was initiated and completed in December 2011.
  • In conjunction with both dredging events, monitoring for water quality impacts was undertaken at the point of active dredging and at the Corps upland confined disposal facility.
  • Based on the monitoring data collected, it was concluded that the deepening of the navigation channel to 45 feet resulted in no adverse water quality impacts.
  • There have been no environmental issues identified that would preclude the project from being completed.

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