Explore the project
Portland Harbor is being dredged to bring the shipping channel to a uniform depth of 35 feet. Use the buttons on the right to explore some features of the project.
Five granite tabletops exposed near the 35 foot mark were destroyed using a series of controlled blasts. The circles represent the blast radii.
By state law, lobsters and other sea life must be removed before a dredging operation. As of February 25, crews had captured 998 lobsters, 30,899 green crabs, 23,360 sand crabs, 460 Jonah crabs and four snow crabs. The total removal cost is $90,000.
A barricade using 300 traps has been placed at the mouth of Portland Harbor, stretching from the eastern end of the breakwater at Spring Point to the eastern tip of Fort Gorges and continuing on to Fish Point.
The yellow area represents points where dredging is occurring. Most of the work is concentrated on the sides of the channel where sediment has either built up or collapsed.
30,899 green crabs
23,360 sand crabs
460 Jonah crabs
4 snow crabs
18 heaping pickup trucks loads
3.6 large dumptrucks
Dredging the harbor
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this winter is dredging the shipping channel in Portland Harbor, a $9.2 million project that will remove as much as 700,000 cubic yards of sediment and assure depths of 35 feet at mean low tide. The contractor, Cashman Dredging of Quincy, Mass., is using two clam shell dredges. It has also used explosives to remove 1,500 cubic yards of rock ledge. The sediment and rock is being loaded into four dump scows, which are then towed to a disposal area more than 7 miles offshore.