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Matrix Contracted to Assist Texas
Parks & Wildlife to Create Reef from
Sunken Ship

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill natural resource damage settlement funds
are being used to enhance fisheries and provide another dive location in
the Gulf of Mexico.

Florham Park, NJ - Matrix New World Engineering (Matrix) and Terracon Consultants, Inc. are pleased to have been contracted to assist the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Artificial Reef Program, as detailed in a recent Houston Press article published online.

The article, titled Texas Parks and Wildlife Uses BP Oil Spill Money to Sink a Ship (and Create a Reef), is about how some of the funding to make up for environmental damage caused by the historic Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 is being used to buy and sink a ship.

TPWD contracted for the purchase of a cargo ship dubbed the 'Kraken', which was towed from Trinidad to Brownsville, Texas in May 2016. The 371' Kraken is being readied for its new life as artificial reef by contractors tasked with removing all fuel, oil and hazardous materials from the ship. Modifications to the ship for diver safety are underway and a sinking plan is under review. Matrix Senior Project Manager, Doug Jackson has worked with TPWD Artificial Reef Program Manager Dale Shively for many years to provide documentation that all work meets the U.S. EPA’s Best Management Practices for preparation of vessels for reefing. The project is on track for completion in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Kraken will be towed a little more than 60 miles away from the Galveston coast to a spot relatively close to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a triad of coral reef systems popular with divers that's located about 100 miles off the Gulf Coast. Then the crew will sink the ship, potentially using explosives to help it drop to the floor of the Gulf more quickly. When it's all done, the sunken ship will quickly turn into another artificial reef, a thriving concentration of marine life that divers and fishermen can visit.

The full article can be read here >

Formed in 1990, Matrix is a leading woman-owned full-service engineering and environmental services firm. Matrix is working on a wide range of infrastructure, building and environmental projects for public and private-sector clients throughout the United States. The Florham Park, NJ-based company has offices in Eatontown, NJ, as well as New York City, Louisiana, Texas, and Arizona.

For more information on this firm, contact Jayne Warne at 800.747.MATRIX, jwarne@matrixneworld.com




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