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Brevard County Project Proves Gator Aquatic Technologies New Treat- ment Process

In January 2016, Gator Aquatic Technologies launched as a new company, armed with numerous projects and demand for its new technology that combines liquid solids separation with soluble nutrient and contaminant removal in a single phase. The technology is at work on a project in Brevard County, Florida, in the Indian River Lagoon, removing phosphorus and nitrogen from the contaminated sediment and water along the waterway.

Italian Chemical Industry Adopts Dragflow’s Remote-Controlled Dredge DRP18

Dragflow has recently delivered a small, remote-controlled dredge, the DRP18, to Candeo Agostino of Padova, Italy, as part of the remediation program at Momentive, an internationally known chemical company with an important presence in Italy. Candeo Agostino is in the field of cleaning and environmental hygiene, with ecological interventions for small, medium and large users for civil and industrial applications. The company conducts environmental inspections and analyses, including sludge dewatering, water filtration, transport and disposal of waste.

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Senate EPW Committee Introduces WRDA 2016

Editor’s Note: On May 25, at presstime, the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced its version of the bill, H.R. 5303. We will detail that bill in the next issue.

PORT OF SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL DREDGING ISSUES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF WRDA 2016

In November 2015, the Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin participated in a Congressional rountable before the House Committee on Transportation and Infra-structure. At the request of Congressman Garret Graves, the meeting was held in New Orleans at the Louisiana State Supreme Court and the discussion focused on “The Importance of Port, Waterway, Flood Control & Ecosystem Restoration Improvements to the Nation’s Economy: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).” The roundtable high-lighted for the committee current issues facing Southeast Louisiana and the need to include them in the 2016 WRDA bill.

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BOSKALIS TRANSPORTS AND INSTALLS DOLWIN(2)BETA PLATFORM

Last summer, the installation of the DolwinBeta, the offshore High Voltage Direct Cur-rent (HVDC platform) that will connect three offshore wind farms in the German part of the North Sea, was completed. The offshore converter station is part of the DolWin2 project, which will be operated by transmission system operator TenneT. The Dolwin(2)Beta converter is presently being tested this spring and is expected to be fully connected to the grid in December 2016.

JAN DE NUL ANNOUNCES OFFSHORE CONTRACTS IN BELGIUM AND FINLAND

In March of this year, Jan De Nul (JDN) announced two important wind park contracts. One was the appointment by Nobelwind of JDN as Engineering-Procurement-Construction-Installation (EPCI) contractor to install all foundations and the 50 3.3 megawatt (MW) MHI Vestas wind turbines offshore at its fourth offshore wind farm in Belgian territorial waters. These turbines will have an installed capacity of 165 megawatt and will supply green power to 186,000 Belgian households yearly. The first foundation components arrived in the harbor of Oostende on March 23. The first installation offshore started in May, when the installation vessel, Vole au vent, picked up the foundation components and brought them to the site at sea. The installation of all foundations is expected to last until the beginning of September, depending on weather conditions. Jan De Nul Group christened the newest offshore installation vessel, Vole au vent, on April 28, after which returned to a nearby quay in the port to resume the activities for the Nobelwind project. The 140-meter (459-foot) long vessel has a Liebherr crane on deck.

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GERMAN DREDGING MARKET LEADER STRA-BAG WASSERBAU ACQUIRED BY BOSKALIS

In early January, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced a ‘heads of agree-ment’ with STRABAG SE for the acquisition of the dredging activities and assets of STRABAG Wasserbau GmbH, formerly known as Möbius Wasserbau. STRABAG Wasserbau, based in Hamburg, Germany is the market leader in the German dredging sector. The company has an annual turnover of approximately €£50 million ($55 million) with a broad array of equipment. By April 4, the Boskalis’ acquisition of the dredging activities and assets of STRABAG Wasserbau GmbH was concluded for the agreed transaction price of €£70 million ($78 million). This does not include any goodwill and has been financed entirely from Boskalis’s own cash flow.

Corps Commanding General Retires

The 53rd Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, retired from military service at an Armed Forces Full Honors Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony on May 19 at on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.

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Hydrographic Surveying

ACCESS CHANNEL TO PORT MERSIN, TURKEY TO BE WIDENED AND DEEPENED

DEME AND GLDD TO DREDGE SIDE CANAL AT EAST PORT SAID, EGYPT

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) signed a contract in November 2015 to dredge a new 9.5 kilometer (six mile) long side access channel which will be 250 meters (about 820 feet) wide and 18.5 meters (60 feet) deep. The work is estimated to cost US$60 million and will be completed this spring. Some 15 million cubic meters (19.5 million cubic yards) of material will be dredged. The new channel will enable round-the clock access to the eastern part of Port Said. At present vessels have to join the Suez Canal convoy to reach Port Said.

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BOSKALIS TRANSPORTS AND INSTALLS DOLWIN(2)BETA PLATFORM

Last summer, the installation of the DolwinBeta, the offshore High Voltage Direct Cur-rent (HVDC platform) that will connect three offshore wind farms in the German part of the North Sea, was completed. The offshore converter station is part of the DolWin2 project, which will be operated by transmission system operator TenneT. The Dolwin(2)Beta converter is presently being tested this spring and is expected to be fully connected to the grid in December 2016.

JAN DE NUL ANNOUNCES OFFSHORE CONTRACTS IN BELGIUM AND FINLAND

In March of this year, Jan De Nul (JDN) announced two important wind park contracts. One was the appointment by Nobelwind of JDN as Engineering-Procurement-Construction-Installation (EPCI) contractor to install all foundations and the 50 3.3 megawatt (MW) MHI Vestas wind turbines offshore at its fourth offshore wind farm in Belgian territorial waters. These turbines will have an installed capacity of 165 megawatt and will supply green power to 186,000 Belgian households yearly. The first foundation components arrived in the harbor of Oostende on March 23. The first installation offshore started in May, when the installation vessel, Vole au vent, picked up the foundation components and brought them to the site at sea. The installation of all foundations is expected to last until the beginning of September, depending on weather conditions. Jan De Nul Group christened the newest offshore installation vessel, Vole au vent, on April 28, after which returned to a nearby quay in the port to resume the activities for the Nobelwind project. The 140-meter (459-foot) long vessel has a Liebherr crane on deck.

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35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE 2016)

2016.07.17

Held under the auspices of the Coastal Engineering Research Council (CERC) of Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of...

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