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Kruse Integration Teams with RG Group to Add Hydraulic System Design and Installation

On June 8, Jay Wise and business partner Mike Sassano signed a strategic alliance with the RG Group of York, Pennsylvania, to pro-vide custom hydraulic systems in conjunction with Kruse Integrations automation and control systems.

Dredge Hurley Works Along the Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Hurley performed maintenance work outside of New Madrid port in New Madrid, Missouri. Prior to that the Memphis District dredge was working at the Olmstead Lock and Dam project, clearing sediment from the winter months at the project site, which it has done for the last several years. The dustpan Dredge Hurley works up and down the Mississippi River, along with the Corps’ Dredge Potter, to remove shoals and keep navigation open.

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Legislation

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.

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.

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Projects

ACP Marks Opening of Expanded Panama Canal

On Sunday, June 26, the new Panama Canal was inaugurated, with the passage of the 984-foot Chinese Neopanamax container ship from COSCO Shipping Panama through the Agua Clara locks at Colón. Colón is a city and sea port on the Caribbean Sea, near the Atlantic entrance to the Canal and the locks are named for the province of Agua Clara. The Chinese vessel had departed from the Greek port of Piraeus on June 11, and two weeks later was greeted with fireworks and cheers from a crowd that had gathered to witness this historic event. This marked the official opening of the expanded Panama Canal which represents a US$5.25 billion investment.

Dredge Hurley Works Along the Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Hurley performed maintenance work outside of New Madrid port in New Madrid, Missouri. Prior to that the Memphis District dredge was working at the Olmstead Lock and Dam project, clearing sediment from the winter months at the project site, which it has done for the last several years. The dustpan Dredge Hurley works up and down the Mississippi River, along with the Corps’ Dredge Potter, to remove shoals and keep navigation open.

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News

WODCON Concludes with Paper Awards, Harbor Cruise

Marcel Hermans, new president and chairman of the board of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), took the podium for the closing session of the World Dredging Conference (WODCON) May 17, when the best paper awards were presented and door prizes given.

WEDA Environmental Commission Presents Sustainability in the Dredging Industry

“What is Sustainability? What does it mean in dredging projects?” Those were the questions that Craig Vogt, chair of the WEDA Environ-mental Commission, posed to launch the panel on sustainability that took place, June 17, the last day of the WODCON XXI conference, hosted by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) in Miami, Florida. Moderator Frederic Roose, project coordinator at the Government of Flanders, and member of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) introduced the panel members. They included Donald Hayes, chair and professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; René Kolman, secretary general, International Association of Dredging Companies; Martha Robbart, the Southeast Florida regional manager for Dial Cordy and Associates; and Todd S. Bridges, senior research scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Hydrographic Surveying

Survey Boat Demonstration Adds to Educational Opportunities at WODCON

Lou Nash brought the Measutronics 24-foot demonstration vessel A Nickel More to Miami to demonstrate integrated hydro-graphic survey systems at WODCN XXI in June. Moored in the Miami River just outside the back doors of the conference hotel, the boat was in action every day of the conference, taking attendees for short cruises.

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

Mersin International Port (MIP) – a joint venture between the Port of Singapore Authority and the Turkish infrastructure in-vestment holding Akfen – is an important port on the Mediterranean Sea in southern Turkey. DEME has been awarded a contract for facilitating access to the port and will execute the work with MIP. The port’s container terminal is currently being expanded. As a result, the port expects to receive more and bigger ships with deeper draught. The dredging operations, anticipating this increase in traffic, are being carried out by cutter section dredge Amazone and trailing suction hopper dredge Uilenspiegel. Work started in November 2015 and is scheduled to last more than seven months. The approach channel will be dredged to about 17 meters (18.6 yards), the turning circle to about 16 meters (17.5 yards), and the basin to almost 16 meters (17.5 yards). All dredged material will be placed 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) offshore from the dredging site.

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Environment

WEDA Environmental Commission Presents Sustainability in the Dredging Industry

“What is Sustainability? What does it mean in dredging projects?” Those were the questions that Craig Vogt, chair of the WEDA Environ-mental Commission, posed to launch the panel on sustainability that took place, June 17, the last day of the WODCON XXI conference, hosted by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) in Miami, Florida. Moderator Frederic Roose, project coordinator at the Government of Flanders, and member of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) introduced the panel members. They included Donald Hayes, chair and professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; René Kolman, secretary general, International Association of Dredging Companies; Martha Robbart, the Southeast Florida regional manager for Dial Cordy and Associates; and Todd S. Bridges, senior research scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

U.K. Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme Wins WODCON Coastal Resilence Environmental Award

Medmerry Managed Realignment is the largest open-coast scheme in Europe, the first in the United Kingdom, and one of the most sustainable projects the United Kingdom Environment Agency has ever delivered. Located on the south coast of England in Sussex, it was known to be one the most flood-prone and vulnerable parts of the southern coastline. The threat of flooding has long caused concern because of the risk to nearby towns as well as to the natural wetland and intertidal habitat.

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