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MPRSA Section 103 Testing of Dredged Material for Ocean Disposal, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, North Carolina


The Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) is located along the west bank of the Cape Fear River in Wilmington Harbor, North Carolina.  ANAMAR was contracted by USACE Wilmington District to perform an MPRSA Section 103 Tier III sampling and analysis report and a related sediment evaluation for the maintenance dredging of three basins within MOTSU.  The project purpose is to prevent shoaling of the MOTSU berths, basins, and channels so that full capacity of the military terminal is maintained for the transportation of military materials and delays are prevented.  ANAMAR provided all necessary information to determine the suitability of dredged material for ocean disposal at the new Wilmington Harbor ODMDS.

Areas to be dredged were divided into three project-specific dredging units (DUs), each representing a defined basin.  Sediment and water samples were collected from each DU in May 2017 for Tier III (physical, chemical, toxicological, and bioaccumulation) analysis.  ANAMAR coordinated and directed field operations and worked closely with USACE and EPA to design sampling and analysis schemes, collect samples, and subcontract coring services and laboratory analysis.  ANAMAR reviewed all data and produced a Tier III testing report summarizing the analytical results, along with a sediment evaluation for use by USACE in obtaining concurrence from EPA.

ANAMAR received ‘Exceptional’ CPAR ratings for quality, schedule, cost control, and management for this project: “ANAMAR performed exceptionally, meeting or exceeding contractual requirements to the Government’s benefit.  The quality of all work products/deliverables was of very high caliber, allowing the Government to successfully and efficiently attain Section 103 concurrence from EPA.-Jenny Owens, Chief, USACE, Environmental Resources Section (3/27/18)


  • ANAMAR facilitated the reduction of testing required, saving the Government $60,743 (>21% of the contract's awarded value.)
  • Submitted a Tier III sediment testing report on schedule and meeting all necessary objectives.
  • Submitted a sediment evaluation demonstrating environmental compliance of dredged material for ocean disposal, for used by USACE to obtain EPA concurrence.

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