The Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) honored U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., with its Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership in support of critical maritime infrastructure investments..
The award particularly notes his advocacy of the much-needed Mobile Harbor expansion, as it is formed from a cutting tooth used on the dredging vessel Ellis Island during the project.
"I am honored to receive the Dredging Contractors of America’s distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award,” Shelby Tweeted. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have worked to improve maritime infrastructure and prioritize dredging needs, creating the conditions for a more robust maritime industry.
“DCA and its member companies greatly appreciate Senator Shelby for his decades of leadership in Congress on behalf of the maritime and dredging industry and the Americans whose jobs it supports,” DCA CEO Richard Balzano, said in a statement. “We will miss Senator Shelby’s steadfast advocacy in Congress but look forward to continuing to work with him as he concludes his Senate service and with other leaders in Congress who understand that maritime and dredging are essential for the continued growth of the U.S. economy."