Posted on October 19, 2022
The WEDA Eastern Chapter Conference, 10/18-20, kicked off its event in Albany, NY, with the 101 and 201 Dredging short courses and ice breaker event. Yesterday’s opening ceremony remarks were made by David Johanson Sr. VP of GLDD. The morning speaker was Megan Daly, Chief Commerce Officer of the Port of Albany, who spoke about the economic and business development, grant opportunities and assistance the Port of Albany offers. The Port of Albany has an overall economic impact on the state of New York in excess of $813 million and tenants of the Port have paid over $80 million in wages and benefits for approx 1,400 jobs locally and 4,500 jobs throughout the state of New York. Two of the more prominent users of the Port are GE and Cargill. GE moves their wind turbines and blades, generators and steam turbines through the port, while Cargill and other shippers, ship commodities, including wheat and corn.
The rest of the conference had a host of speakers from industry, USACE and State government agencies covering a wide range of topics from safety, cost drivers in dredging, beneficial use of dredged material and labor shortages. The conference will end today.