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Port of Morgan City Tackles Excessive Silt with Both Tradition and Innovation

The Port of Morgan City is the last stop, by way of the Atchafalaya River, for water streaming toward the Gulf of Mexico from both the Red River and a 30 percent stake of the Mississippi River, courtesy of the Old River Control Structure above Baton Rouge. Morgan City is constantly dealing with a buildup of rapidly ac-cumulating sediment in the river channel. In 2016, high flood water combined to bring even more sediment issues in that area. Manson won a contract for a demo project, and emergency dredging work that came from the flooding.

Royal IHC and Transnet National Ports Authority, South Africa, Launch Dredging Simulator and Course at Maritime School of Excellence

In early September, Royal IHC and Trans-net National Ports Authority (TNPA), the entity that regulates all of South Africa’s ports, unveiled its newly delivered dredging simulator in Africa. The simulator is housed at Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence in Durban and is a central part of the new dredging program developed with the support of IHC’s Training Institute. The Training Institute will supervise the start-up of the course, with the long-term goal to build professional dredging capacity in South Africa and eventually, the rest of the continent.

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Editorial - WRDA - 2016 Passage Looks Imminent in Upcoming Lame Duck Session

Editorial - House T&I Committee Approves Its WRDA 2016 Bill, H.R. 5303

On May 25, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee unanimously approved H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. On April 28, the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced and approved its version of WRDA 2016, S. 2848 (detailed in the last editorial). Before a final WRDA 2016, both bills must pass the House and Senate and a separate combined bill goes before the full Congress. It’s a long road, but support is widespread for WRDA legislation from both Republicans and Democrats, and both committee bill introductions were met with a lot of praise.

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Projects

J.E. McAmis Completing Oregon Coast Maintenance Dredging

J.E. McAmis Company is wrapping up a sea-son of four maintenance dredging projects on the Oregon Coast and Columbia River.

Boskalis Signs Deal to Dredge Uruguayan Martín García Channel

Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., through its Uruguayan subsidiary Boskalis International S.A., signed a deal with the Rio de la Plata Administrator Commission (CARP) to dredge the Uruguayan Martín García channel. Dredging began in October and should last six months.

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Safety Award Presented to DEME at IADC AGM

The Safety Award of the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) was presented to the Belgian-based DEME, dredging, environmental, marine and engineering, at the IADC’s Annual General Meeting held in Cascais, Portugal in mid-September. The IADC Safety Award recognizes a company that has made an outstanding, innovative contribution to maritime safety. DEME was chosen as the 2016 winner by the IADC’s Safety Committee from among eight nominations. In its straightforward but significant initiative DEME’s safety team addressed the challenge of getting the crew to muster stations and accounting for every crewmember during an emergency. The idea, which came from one of DEME’s captains, is to create an “Enhanced Muster Station.”

Fifth Anniversary of the Sand Motor Celebrated at a Conference in the Netherlands

“The Sand Motor: Five Years of Building with Nature” Conference, held September 14 and 15, 2016, at the Kurhaus Hotel Scheveningen and Kijkduin, the Netherlands, was a celebration and recognition of groundbreaking work in coastal protection. The Sand Motor is possibly the largest scientific experiment in coastal protection launched in this century.

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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

Port of Esbjerg in Denmark Cleans Up Contaminated Sediment

In late November 2014, the Danish Ministry of Environment, Esbjerg Municipality and the Port Authority of Esbjerg announced an agreement on a long-term comprehensive plan for cleaning up contaminated sediment in the harbor of Esbjerg. Plans for the removal of contaminated sediment started in late 2015 and the dredging began in mid-July 2016. It should be completed in May 2019 if not sooner. Other work will continue through 2025, at which time the harbor should be completely cleaned.

State and Federal Agencies Get Their Hands Dirty at the Milford Lake Reservoir Sediment Management Workshop

Milford Lake, like most large, multi-use reservoirs across the world, is filling up with sediment. This is no surprise. Reservoir sediment accumulation was always anticipated, but concern is growing that in coming decades this reservoir, like so many others, will be unable to meet its original purposes. To make matters worse, Mil-ford Lake experiences frequent, severe harmful blue-green algae blooms that render part or all of the reservoir totally unusable for recreation. All the while, the lack of sediment in the down-stream Kansas River is degrading the bed and impairing habitat for turbidity-dependent species.

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