USACE Hopper Dredge Essayons Helps Keep Hawaii Shipping Moving
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Essayons completed vital maintenance dredging of the federal navigation channels in Honolulu, Barbers Point, Kahului, Hilo, and Nawiliwili commercial harbors in April 2016. The last time the federal navigation channels in these harbors were dredged was in 1999. Hawaii is a maritime state more than 2,400 miles from the mainland and far more dependent on its harbors than most of the United States. The Hawaii state Department of Transportation claims that more than 80 percent of all consumer goods – food, clothing, autos, building supplies, machinery, paper, and allied products, medical supplies, and agricultural materials – are imported into the state. Of that 80 percent, approximately 98 percent enters Hawaii though commercial harbors on the major islands.

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