The Port of Long Beach, California undertake a dredging project worth $40m to improve the movement of ships and tankers.

The project, to be undertaken by Manson Construction, will remove nearly 1.5 million cubic yards of sediment from the sea floor.

The dredging, due to start in March 2010, will take place in four separate locations, with the primary focus being on the turning basin south of the BP oil terminal on Terminal Island.

The Port of Long Beach will receive a stimulus package of about $2.5m to dredge to a depth of nearly 76ft.

Accumulated sediments at Catalina Ferry Basin near the mouth of the Los Angeles River also will be dredged to improve the safety of the ferries that transport passengers between Long Beach and Catalina Island.

The project is expected to be completed in two years and also includes the removal of contaminated sediments from the West Basin, left over from past US Navy operations.