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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Damages to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) paid $969,000 for damage to seagrass and other resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In May 1993, four tug boats owned by GLDD and another company were transporting heavy dredging equipment and dredge pipes from the Boca Grande Channel off Florida’s west coast to Green Cove Spring on the east coast. Before the flotilla reached Seven Mile Bridge off Marathon, Florida, one or more of the dredge pipes being towed by one of the tugs came loose and dragged across the bottom of Florida Bay, causing a scar 13 miles long and destroying nearly 200,000 square feet of seagrass and other sanctuary resources. The dragging pipe caused the tug to slow and another tug attempted to pass her. The other vessel ran aground, creating a massive hole and destroying more than 80,000 square feet of seagrass and coral at an area called Red Bay Banks off Marathon.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
12/20/2002
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation $969,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 12/20/2002

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database