February 21, 2024
The Bayport working off Del Mar. Courtesy Metropolis of Del Mar

The bizarre ship working within the ocean off San Dieguito Lagoon close to Del Mar is mining sand to replenish seashores in Solana Seaside and Encinitas.

The 303-foot-long Bayport is a “split-hull” dredge that’s anticipated to function within the space for over 100 days, gathering 700,000 cubic yards of sand from deposits lower than a mile offshore .

The sand will probably be pumped ashore through a pipeline after which graded by earthmoving tools over 7,200 ft of seashore in Solana Seaside and seven,800 ft in Encinitas.

The mission will lengthen the present the seashore in each cities by roughly 150 ft, and seashores in Del Mar and farther south may additionally profit from the shifting shoreline.

Owned by Seattle-based Manson Development Co., the Bayport is underneath contract to the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers and Metropolis of Solana Seaside.

The $30.5 million mission is funded underneath the Biden administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Regulation.