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BOSCH REXROTH INTRODUCES GOPAK

Bosch Rexroth GoPak™ hydraulic power unites (HPU) bridge the gap between standard and customized products for machine tool, plastics, automotive, material handling, presses, marine, metallurgy and other hydraulic applications. Rexroth’s GoDesigner™ smart configurator software tool expedites the selection of pumps, motors, valves and other peripherals so customers can get quotes in a day, with lead times as short as four to six weeks (three weeks when configured with designated Rexroth ‟GoTo” products).

KIASMA OFFERS SOLAR POWER SYSTEM

Using photovoltaic energy, Kiasma Srl has created a solar power application for HDPE pipes for the discharge lines on dredging projects. The photovoltaic panels are flexible, lightweight and highly efficient. They are resistant to impact damge and mechanical stress and weathering. The panels are ISO9001 certified for quality, ISO 18001 for safety and ISOL 14000 for the environment. The connectors and cables are designed to work in seawater conditions and in the presence of waves.

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CK Power Discusses Tier 4 Standards for Dredges

In 2015, final Tier 4 standards for regulating diesel engine emission standards went into effect. The standards affect all diesel engine applications, including dredges, and Tier 4 requirements should be fully implemented as of the end of 2015 for most applications.

Houston Explains Effects of EPA Regulation Mandating Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Dredges

Matt Houston, market manager for marine construction for RSC Bio Solutions, discussed the 2013 vessel general permit and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants at PIANC’s Dredging 2015. His presentation was entitled “New EPA Regulations for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and their Effect on the Dredging Industry.”

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Port of Morgan City Seeks Dredging Solution to Rapidly Silting Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District has released a request for proposals for the maintenance of Atchafalaya River Bar Channel leading from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Morgan City.

Alaska District Puts Deep-Draft Study On Hold

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District announced a 12-month pause in the feasibility study for the Alaska Deep-Draft Arctic Port System, in order to revalidate the potential economic benefits and justification for the project.

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CK Power Discusses Tier 4 Standards for Dredges

In 2015, final Tier 4 standards for regulating diesel engine emission standards went into effect. The standards affect all diesel engine applications, including dredges, and Tier 4 requirements should be fully implemented as of the end of 2015 for most applications.

ASCE Presents 2015 Innovation Award to Poplar Island Project

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chose the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island in Maryland, as the winner of the 2015 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award.

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Hydrographic Surveying

Buffalo District’s New Survey Vessel Honors Buxbaum

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District named the latest addition to its hightech hydrographic survey fleet after retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Buxbaum, U.S. Army Retired.

HYDROGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA CREATES LATIN AMERICAN CHAPTER

During the last U.S. HYDRO 2015, held in Washington, D.C. from March 16 to 19, the Hydrographic Society of America announced the creation of the Latin American Chapter. This becomes the third active chapter, after the Houston and Southeast chapters.

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Environment

North Atlantic Division Makes Significant Progress on Sandy Repairs

Three years after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the 25th and final flood control and coastal emergency project in October 2015.

Houston Explains Effects of EPA Regulation Mandating Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Dredges

Matt Houston, market manager for marine construction for RSC Bio Solutions, discussed the 2013 vessel general permit and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants at PIANC’s Dredging 2015. His presentation was entitled “New EPA Regulations for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and their Effect on the Dredging Industry.”

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