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Great Lakes Reports Year-End Results and Record Backlog

Great Lakes Reports Year-End Results and Record Backlog

In its year end final quarter financial statement released on February 24, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ:GLDD), reported record backlog of $670 million, compared to $543 million in 2013.

VAN OORD SURVEY VESSEL INSTALLS BLINDS

VAN OORD SURVEY VESSEL INSTALLS BLINDS

Sola-Cure, the U.K. based antiglare window blind supplier, has recently installed blinds on the 16.5-meter (54-feet) survey vessel Porth Dinllaen, owned by Holyhead-based company, Turbine Transfers Ltd. and is currently under charter to Van Oord as part of the Liverpool2 deepwater container terminal project on the west coast of England.

HIGGS HYDROGRAPHIC TEK LAUNCHES SURVEY VESSEL

HIGGS HYDROGRAPHIC TEK LAUNCHES SURVEY VESSEL

Higgs Hydrographic Tek has launched the Higgs Survey Launch H*S*L, a small survey vessel that’s suited for single beam and bathymetric surveying. The vessel handles exceptionally well in rough conditions and have a large carrying capacity at low speeds. It can carry a variety of payloads, single beam sonar, bathmetric sonar, side scan sonar and multibeam sonar. Heading GNSS can be placed two meters apart with a INS motion sensor on the same mount.

CODAOCTOPUS ANNOUNCES SOFTWARE UPDATE

CODAOCTOPUS ANNOUNCES SOFTWARE UPDATE

CodaOctopus Underwater Survey Explorer software has the latest maintenance update, version 6.2.0. The release is a visualization and processing software suite for the Echoscope range of real-time 3D sonars. Its updates include the ability to install all USE software variants on a single workstation, user-defined integrated pan & tilt presets, and enhanced accuracy and consistency of outer beam data.

HYDROGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA CREATES LATIN AMERICAN CHAPTER

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.

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT UNVEILS PRINTED MODEL

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT UNVEILS PRINTED MODEL

As part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845 expedition, officials from Fisheries and Oceans Canada joined geospatial software company CARIS and technology supper center TECTERRA to unveil 3D printed models of HMS Erebus, Sir Jon Franklin’s lead ship found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters.

CARIS RELEASES S-57 COMPOSER 3.0

CARIS RELEASES S-57 COMPOSER 3.0

CARIS has released a desktop application for the production of electronic navigational products, including electronic navigational charts (ENC), additional military layers (AML), inland electronic navigation charts (IENC) and digital nautical charts (DNC) – CARIS S-57 Composer 3.0.

HYPACK INTEGRATES VELODYNE LASER

HYPACK INTEGRATES VELODYNE LASER

HYPACK worked with the Velodyne HDL-32E topographic laser, when Dave Maddock of HYPACK integrated the unit to receive data from all 32 channels. A drive around the local Lowe’s hardware store, using a Novatel C-Span RTK-GPS is shown here. The Velodyne HDL-32E laser measures only 5.7 inches x 3.4 inches, can be mounted in a variety of angles, and generates up to 700,000 points per second with a range up to 70 meters (230 feet). The new integration is available as an update to HYPACK® 2015.

HYPACK 2015 RELEASED

HYPACK 2015 RELEASED

HYPACK® 2015 was released in February. The new software offers real-time point cloud visualization, multibeam and water column data integration and playback.

DUTCHWORKBOATS OFFER VERSATILE SURVEY VESSEL

DUTCHWORKBOATS OFFER VERSATILE SURVEY VESSEL

DutchWorkboats builds workboats vessels, survey crew and dredging support, from five to 15 meters, in HDPE, aluminum and steel. The Fast Survey Boat 7.50 can operate at high speeds on surveying and transits with a spacious and comfortable cabin. The trailered boat can easily move from location to location. The boat is 7.85 meters (26 feet) LOA with 0.70 meter (2.3 feet) draft. The hull material is aluminum and can survey at a maximum speed of 30 km/h, with a top transit speed of 45 km/h. Two separate moonpools can support fixed mounting of the survey equipment, like a multibeam, and the permanently placed sensors minimize misalignment and recalibration.

TELEDYNE ODOM LAUNCHES MB2

TELEDYNE ODOM LAUNCHES MB2

Teledyne Odom Hydrographic has announced the launch of the MB2.

TELEDYNE RELEASES PDS 64BIT SOFTWARE

TELEDYNE RELEASES PDS 64BIT SOFTWARE

Teledyne Marine announces the introduction of the Teledyne PDS software suite, a new software package with enhanced capabilities over the former PDS2000.

EDGETECH DELIVERS SONAR FOR SROV

EDGETECH DELIVERS SONAR FOR SROV

EdgeTech delivered a new sonar system for the high-speed MMT Surveyor Interceptor ROV (SROV).

EIVA AND ATLAS PARTNER ON NEW COURSES

EIVA AND ATLAS PARTNER ON NEW COURSES

For 2015, EIVA and Atlas launched two NaviSuite training software courses: a two-day Basic NaviPac Operation course and a one-day Basic NaviPac Configuration course.

WILMINGTON DISTRICT ADDS EDGETECH SONAR

WILMINGTON DISTRICT ADDS EDGETECH SONAR

EdgeTech announced the shipment of additional 3125 Side Scan Sonars to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilminton District, bringing the total to USACE districts this year into the double digits.

SOUTH CAROLINA PORT AUTHORITY ACHIEVES MONTHLY INCREASES

February was the second consecutive month of 18 percent container growth at the South Carolina Port Authority, bringing the fiscal year container volumes totals to 1.23 million TEUs.

PORT OF BALTIMORE REACHES RECORD GROWTH

In February, the Maryland Port Administration announced that 2014 was a record year for targeted commodities at the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals. Autos and containers brought the port to a new overall total general cargo record of 9.7 million tons.

NOLA CRUISE DIRECTOR WINS AAPA AWARD

Former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director Robert Jumonville received the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Award during the AAPA biennial Cruise Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February.

CORPS TO DREDGE PORT OF OSWEGO

U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) announced March 12 that the Corps of Engineers will fund dredging at the Port of Oswego, New York, on Lake Ontraio. For the current fiscal year, $1.285 million dollars has been allotted for further dredging of the Port of Oswego to bring the harbor to its functional channel depths.

LA QUINTA DREDGING COMPLETED

The Port of Corpus Christi said February 10 that it is ready to welcome new business following the completion of its $74 million La Quinta Channel dredging project.

PORT EVERGLADES EXPANSION PROJECT STUDY RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL

Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida, announced in February that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board approved the final environmental and economic feasibility study for the project.

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA - April/May 2015

DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA - April/May 2015

Six Contractors Dredging ‘New’ Suez Canal

Six Contractors Dredging ‘New’ Suez Canal

Six international dredging companies are at work in the Suez Canal, using 22 cutter suction and five hopper dredges to complete an expansion that will allow two-way traffic of the largest vessels through the 100-mile-long waterway.

J.T. Cleary Completes Complicated Leonardo Channel Project — On Time and with ‘No Touchup Necessary’

J.T. Cleary Completes Complicated Leonardo Channel Project — On Time and with ‘No Touchup Necessary’

J.T. Cleary, Inc. recently completed its first Corps of Engineers dredging contract – maintenance dredging of the channel to the Leonardo Marina in Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey. Jim Cleary, owner of the company, has been methodically expanding his marine services company into the dredging market, and bid on the project in November. He was awarded the $4,434,064 project on November 20.

Cover: Dredge Peter de Jong to Join Marinex Fleet

Cover: Dredge Peter de Jong to Join Marinex Fleet

Savannah District Awards Deepening Contract to GLDD

Savannah District Awards Deepening Contract to GLDD

The Savannah Engineer District awarded the contract “Savannah Harbor Expansion Project New Work Dredging” to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) for $134,486,949.80 on March 4.

GLDD Acquires Magnus Pacific

On November 4, 2014, Great Lake Dredge & Dock acquired the stock of Magnus Pacific Corporation, which provides environmental remediation, geotechnical construction, demolition, and sediments and wetlands construction, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $40 million. Magnus is now part of the GLDD Environmental & Remediation segment, along with Terra Contracting, LLC, acquired in December 2012.

J.E. McAmis Acquires Site for New Marine Facility

J.E. McAmis Acquires Site for New Marine Facility

J.E. McAmis has acquired a new 122-acre West Coast Marine facility in Cowlitz County, Washington, on the Mouth of the Old Cowlitz River at Columbia River mile 68. It is anticipated that J.E. McAmis will complete a full relocation of its Northwest field operations to the new facility by the fourth quarter of 2015.

Delaware River Channel Deepening Project Slated to Wrap Up in 2017

Delaware River Channel Deepening Project Slated to Wrap Up in 2017

The Panama Canal expansion project served as an impetus for the Delaware River main channel deepening, a $300 million, 102-mile long project slated for completion in 2017 and started in 2010. The project will deepen the river from 40 to 45 feet.

Teledyne Oceanscience and Teledyne Odom Demonstrate Z-Boat Integration at U.S. Hydro 2015

Teledyne Oceanscience and Teledyne Odom Demonstrate Z-Boat Integration at U.S. Hydro 2015

An integration with the Teledyne Oceanscience Z-Boat and the Teledyne Odom Hydrographic MB1 multibeam system was demonstrated at the U.S. Hydro 2015 from March 16 to 19. The boat surveyed the area around the docks at the Gaylord Resort National Harbor in Maryland.

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas L. Stojsik, November 22, 1940 to March 5, 2015

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas L. Stojsik, November 22, 1940 to March 5, 2015

Thomas L. Stojsik died peacefully in his home on March 5 from the effects and complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 74 years old.

IN MEMORIAM: Bobby Dagley, May 24, 1929 – February 9, 2015

IN MEMORIAM: Bobby Dagley, May 24, 1929 – February 9, 2015

Bobby Dagley​ died on February 9 in New Orleans at the age of 85. He was born in Cleveland, Texas on May 24, 1929, and is survived by his son, Danny Dagley and daughter Patricia Dagley Wattigney.

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Robert Engler, October 1941 – March 2015

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Robert Engler, October 1941 – March 2015

Dr. Robert Engler, 73, died in the early morning of March 5, 2015 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was surrounded by his family at his death.

Boskalis to Start Work on Second Artificial Island

Boskalis to Start Work on Second Artificial Island

The dredging company that constructed Latin America’s first modern artificial island has now been contracted to build its second.

WEDA Midwest Chapter Meeting Increases Attendance

WEDA Midwest Chapter Meeting Increases Attendance

About 80 members of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Midwest chapter met in Milwaukee at the Doubletree by Hilton from March 11 to 13.

In the Upper Mississippi River: Dredge and Dewatering Wheel in Use for Grand Encampment Island Unloading

In the Upper Mississippi River: Dredge and Dewatering Wheel in Use for Grand Encampment Island Unloading

Anyone driving along the Upper Mississippi River must be familiar with the mountains of sand visible on islands and shore sites. These are temporary dredged material placement sites for maintenance material from the river’s nine-foot navigation channel. These sites are periodically unloaded to provide more storage capacity.

CONTRACTS - April/May 2015

Editorial - Corps Reports: the New Business as Usual

Editorial - Corps Reports: the New Business as Usual

The Corps of Engineers recently published some important reports. On January 28, the Corps published the results of a two-year, $20 million study – the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS). As the study says, “Hurricane Sandy made us acutely aware of our vulnerability to coastal storms and the potential for future, more devastating events due to changing sea levels and climate change.”

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