New Bedford Harbor, photo, New England Boating, Tom Richardson. With much of the dredging efforts complete, South Terminal workers are preparing for the next stage of construction: blasting harbor bedrock (in New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts) to make way for the large ships expected to be using the terminal.

In order to accommodate large vessels carrying multi-ton components during both high and low tides, the harbor’s shipping channel will have to reach a depth of 32 feet at the South Terminal bulkhead. (Currently, some areas of the to-be-blasted bedrock are only 15 to 25 feet below the water level at low tide.)

To achieve the appropriate depth, terminal workers will begin what state officials describe as “controlled underwater blasting” in mid-September.

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