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KELLER Delivers Gearboxes for Chinese Dredge

Powertrain technology depends on the reliability and robustness of their individual components. These include the gearbox and gear wheels, and IDR talked with specialist trans-mission manufacturer, C.u. W Keller GmbH & Co. KG (KELLER) about meeting customer demands for larger and stronger dredges with its custom designed gearboxes. The company also recently delivered gearboxes for a large dredge in China.

URUGUAY TO BUILD US$61 MILLION DREDGE

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European Dredging Association Annual General Meet-ing and Conference Focuses on Global CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

The 2016 Conference and Annual General Meeting of the European Dredging Association (EuDA) was held at the Stanhope Hotel Brussels, Belgium on November 15. According to Paris Sansoglou, EuDA’s Secretary General, “Our conferences try to bring timely topics to the attention of our members. The theme of this year’s Conference ‘Global CO2 Emissions: New Business Opportunities for the European Dredgers?’ is clearly something on the minds of those in the maritime industries.”

Editorial - President Signs WIIN Act, Including WRDA 2016 Provisions and More

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, were both outspoken and confident that a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for 2016 would become reality this Congressional session, and on December 16, President Obama signed the bill.

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Tribal Protests in North Dakota Spur Further Talks on DAPL Pipeline Route

An oil pipeline crossing permit is at the center of a dispute in North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe (SRST) is protesting the transit of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a high volume, high pressure crude oil pipeline, under Lake Oahe in the Missouri River. The lake is the primary source of drinking water for the 11,000-member tribe.

Hall Pacific Rebuilds Borrow Pits Left from WWII; Aid Project Wins Award

Hall Pacific won an award for the 2016 Innovate Awards of Excellence, held in New Zealand in September. The dredging and civil construction company, wholly owned by Hall Contracting of Australia, worked in conjunction with New Zealand’s Calibre Consulting on an aid project in Tuvalu, a small island country, located approximately halfway between Australia and Hawaii.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eastern Region Dredging Conference Meets in Fort Lauderdale

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eastern Region Dredging Conference was held on October 26, 2016, following on the heels of the WEDA Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting the day before. Both events were held the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The location was an ideal spot to view the work that the Corps of Engineers and its contractors are performing on the East Coast of Florida. In two days, two impressive sides of the dredging and maritime industries were pro-filed. While the WEDA meeting introduced a series of speakers from the private sector, on the second day, the Corps gave insights into its rigorous work and the intensive cooperation and communication with the private U.S. dredging industry.

Tribal Protests in North Dakota Spur Further Talks on DAPL Pipeline Route

An oil pipeline crossing permit is at the center of a dispute in North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe (SRST) is protesting the transit of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a high volume, high pressure crude oil pipeline, under Lake Oahe in the Missouri River. The lake is the primary source of drinking water for the 11,000-member tribe.

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Hydrographic Surveying

HYPACK OFFERS MULTIBEAM TRAINING

On September 19 to 23, Swathe Services will be hosting a HYPACK Multibeam training course in Truro, United Kingdom.

ST. LOUIS DISTRICT AWARDS CONTRACT TO FUGRO

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District awarded Fugro a photogrammetric and LiDAR surveying and mapping contract.

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Environment

Two Environmental Scientists Receive Inaugural IHS DPC Innovations Awards in Dredging

At a gala dinner on November 10, 2016, in London’s Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, in England, the first IHS DPC Innovations Awards were presented to a variety of people and companies for outstanding contributions to the dredging and maritime construction industries. According to the organizers, more than one hundred entries were received from across a wide swath of the industry. Often unnoticed, and certainly underestimated, the dredging community took time out on this evening to honor some of its own. Among the recipients were two members of the World Dredging Association (WODA), one from the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), the other from the Central Dredging Association (CEDA), both known for their work with environment and dredging.

Hall Pacific Rebuilds Borrow Pits Left from WWII; Aid Project Wins Award

Hall Pacific won an award for the 2016 Innovate Awards of Excellence, held in New Zealand in September. The dredging and civil construction company, wholly owned by Hall Contracting of Australia, worked in conjunction with New Zealand’s Calibre Consulting on an aid project in Tuvalu, a small island country, located approximately halfway between Australia and Hawaii.

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