BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $3,116,000 to Goodloe Marine Inc., a woman-owned small business, for maintenance dredging of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas.<br /> <br /> The contractor is required to remove approximately 333,200 cubic yards of shoal material using a pipeline dredge, with material being placed in an upland confined placement area.<br /> <br /> “The Brownsville Ship Channel, which services the Port of Brownsville, is currently under a draft restriction,” said USACE Galveston District Chief of Navigation Christopher Frabotta. “Maintenance dredging will increase channel availability, a critical component in providing unrestricted navigation to the Port of Brownsville.”<br /> <br /> According to Frabotta, the Port of Brownsville is the 67th ranked port in the nation with respect to import and domestic tonnages, moving approximately 5.9 million tons of cargo in 2011.<br /> <br /> Principle commodities include petroleum products, ores and minerals, steel and other metals, vegetable oils and grains.<br /> <br /> Work is expected to begin in August 2013 with an estimated completion date of November 2013.<br /> <br /> The district actively supports the government’s policy of placing a fair proportion of district contracts with qualified small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran owned and historically black colleges and universities/minority institutions. For more information about small business practices, visit http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/SmallBusinessOffice.aspx. <br /> <br /> To learn more about dredging along the Texas coast, view our four-minute video, http://bit.ly/KLZQBM. For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.