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NUWC Orders Fathometers from KSI

NUWC Orders Fathometers from KSI

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.

DEME AND GLDD TO DREDGE SIDE CANAL AT EAST PORT SAID, EGYPT

DEME AND GLDD TO DREDGE SIDE CANAL AT EAST PORT SAID, EGYPT

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) signed a contract in November 2015 to dredge a new 9.5 kilometer (six mile) long side access channel which will be 250 meters (about 820 feet) wide and 18.5 meters (60 feet) deep. The work is estimated to cost US$60 million and will be completed this spring. Some 15 million cubic meters (19.5 million cubic yards) of material will be dredged. The new channel will enable round-the clock access to the eastern part of Port Said. At present vessels have to join the Suez Canal convoy to reach Port Said.

ROHDE NIELSEN STARTS WORK AT PORT OF TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND

Rohde Nielsen, a Danish dredging company, headquartered in Copenhagen, began work at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand in October 2015. Work is scheduled to be completed in August 2016. Dredging the shipping channels at the Port of Tauranga is the final step in a NZ$350 million (US$235 million) capital 5-year expenditure program aimed at improving port facilities for New Zealand’s exporters and importers. Rohde Nielsen is deepening and widening Tauranga’s shipping channels from 12.9 meters to 14.5 meters (42 feet to 46.5 feet) inside the harbor and to 15.8 meters (52 feet) outside the harbor.

WIDENING AND DEEPENING PACIFIC ENTRANCE PANAMA CANAL

VAN OORD STRENGTHENS POSITION IN CASPIAN SEA REGION

CEE HYDROSYSTEMS OPENS NEW SAN DIEGO OFFICE

The San Diego office will be run by Vice President (Sales) Adrian McDonald, who joined CEE HydroSystems in September 2015 with the goal of developing the U.S. market.

SEAFLOOR SYSTEMS INTEGRATES ECHOSUNDER SYSTEMS

Seafloor Systems has successfully integrated and tested the Norbit iWBMSc (Integrated Wideband Multibeam Sonar, Compact) multi-beam echosounder system with the EchoBoat-RCV remotely controlled survey vehicle. The Norbit system features an integrated INS and Sound Velocity sensors—eliminating the need to install separate devices, while greatly reducing calibration and offset measurements. The EchoBoat-RCV is Seafloor Systems’ multi-payload, remotely controlled survey platform, which the company said features portability, improved thrust and large payload capacity.

TRDI PROVIDES DVLS FOR OCEANSERVER AUVS

TRDI PROVIDES DVLS FOR OCEANSERVER AUVS

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has received an order for ten custom-designed Explorer Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) to pro-vide precision navigation and current profiling capability onboard OceanServer Technology’s Iver3-580 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

KONGSBERG GLOBALSIM MANAGEMENT BUYOUT ANNOUNCED

Kongsberg GlobalSim, the wholly owned land-segment crane simulation subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, is to become an independent business following a management buyout announced on March 21. The buyout will en-able GlobalSim to focus on its core port crane, construction crane, military crane and other heavy equipment simulator development, while Kongsberg continues to develop its position as a maritime and offshore simulation provider.

SWATHE SERVICES BECOMES AUTHORIZED SBG SYSTEMS DEALER

SBG Systems has appointed Swathe Services to be an authorized sales and support distributor for the marine hydrography market in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This includes all products within the Ellipse, Ekinox and Apogee product lines and includes the Split-Box with associated components.

AQUATEC INTRODUCED NEW ACOUSTIC PROFILER

AQUATEC INTRODUCED NEW ACOUSTIC PROFILER

AQUATEC introduced the new AQUAscat 1000LT acoustic profiler to measure suspended sediment concentration.

VSTEP SUPPLIES NAU-TIS SIMULATORS TO PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM

Independence Sea-port Museum in Philadelphia purchased two NAUTIS Museum Simulators, so visitors can experience historical events on the Delaware River. The bridge simulator will al-low users to steer a ship and navigate the river as trade and commerce developed in Delaware.

CODA OCTOPUS RELEASES NEW SOFTWARE VERSIONS

Coda Octopus announced a new release for its MOTION customers, V2.2.0. The latest Motion control application provides setup, man-agement, monitoring and replay for all three products in the Motion range: the F180, F180R and F175 series.

CARIS RELEASES UPDATES   TO BATHYDATABASE

CARIS RELEASES UPDATES TO BATHYDATABASE

MANSON STARTS MAINTENANCE WORK AT PORT OF GRAYS HARBOR

GREAT LAKES BEGINS MAINTENANCE WORK AT BALTIMORE HARBOR

MASSPORT APPROVES PROJECT AGREEMENT WITH CORPS FOR BOSTON HARBOR

In March, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) voted to approve the execution of a project partnering agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start the Boston Harbor dredging project. The $310 million Boston Harbor dredging project will deepen the main channel used by container ships from the existing 40 feet up to 51 feet, but maintenance dredging is needed before that project can start.

CORPS READIES PORT EVERGLADES DEEP-ENING PROJECT TO COMPETE FOR FUTURE FUNDING

CORPS READIES PORT EVERGLADES DEEP-ENING PROJECT TO COMPETE FOR FUTURE FUNDING

In February, the Corps reported that Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the record of decision for the Port Everglades Harbor Navigation Study on January 29. This completes the final round of administrative review for the project, which plans to deepen the main navigation channels from 42 to 48 feet (plus one-foot required and another one foot allowable overdepth for a total of 50 feet) and to widen the Entrance Channel and the maneuverability constrained Southport Access Channel.

PORT OF ST. JOE MOVES FORWARD WITH CHANNEL DEEPENING PROJECT

In March, the Port St. Joe Port Authority entered the post-permit stage of developing the Port of Port St. Joe. The port received its final federal regulatory permit on February 28, for a project to dredge the federal navigation chan-nel and open a port for new service in northern Florida. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit approved plans for the containment area for dredged sediment, which is needed for deepening the navigation channel to its maximum authorized depth at 37 feet.

CHARLESTON HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT RECEIVES 2016 FUNDING FOR PED PHASE

MANSON BEGINS WORK AT MILE POINT

In April, Manson Construction Company began dredging a flow improvement channel in Chicopit Bay within the Mile Point area on the St. Johns River in Florida. The project will re-route the navigable waters in the Chicopit Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) system. Mile Point is where the St. Johns River and the ICW meet, which results in different cross-currents at ebb tide. Once Manson completes the improvement channel, the project will cut off part of the existing waterway. The contrac-tor began work on the Mile Point Training Wall Reconfiguration Project in February.

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St. Paul District Celebrates 150 Years

St. Paul District Celebrates 150 Years

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District celebrates its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. The district held a ball on February 13 at the Lost Spur Banquet and Conference Center in Eagan, Minnesota. The district is also hosting a number of open houses around the district over the year to celebrate with the public, and all regular events (summer awards party, retirees’ reunion, history day and annual open houses) will be 150th anniversary themed.

Damen Celebrates 25 years of DOP Submersible  Dredge Pumps

Damen Celebrates 25 years of DOP Submersible Dredge Pumps

This year Damen Dredging Equipment, the dredging subsidiary of the Damen Shipyards Group and its DOP submersible dredge pump is celebrating a milestone anniversary. The DOP was the first pump of its kind, designed by Damen a quarter of a century ago. It had a modest start: a contractor with a tunnel project was looking for a small sized dredge pump with plenty of power. Damen modified an existing dredge pump, added a casing and the rest is history. Over the past decades the DOP submersble dredge pump has become a well-known tool in the dredging world – with hundreds of units sold over all continents.

Teledyne to Acquire CARIS in Second Quarter of 2016

Teledyne Technologies Inc. and CARIS jointly announced in April that the CARIS business and its international affiliates (collectively, “CARIS”) have agreed to be acquired by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teledyne. CARIS, headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, is the developer of geospatial soft-ware designed for the hydrographic and marine community.

AGG1 Conference in Nashville Breaks Attendance Records

AGG1 Conference in Nashville Breaks Attendance Records

More than 9,000 people attended the annual AGG1 Academy & Expo, held March 22 through 24 at the Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with the World of Asphalt show.

DSC Announces New Dredge and Diagnostic Software Designs

DSC Announces New Dredge and Diagnostic Software Designs

DSC Dredge has received two patents that revolutionize the operation of small dredges, and two trademarks for software that will improve ease and efficiency of operating a dredge.

MVAGC Construction Roundtable Highlighted Exemplary Safety  Performance

MVAGC Construction Roundtable Highlighted Exemplary Safety Performance

The Mississippi Valley Associated General Contractors (MVAGC) chapter honored seven area contractors with 2015 Superior Safety Performance Awards at their 2016 Construction Roundtable Meeting on February 26. The con-tractors were from up and down the Mississippi River and were chosen by the contracting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts for exemplary safety records during specific contracts. Three of the awardees were dredging contractors.

President’s FY17 Budget for Corps of Engineers Civil Works Released

On February 9, the President’s fiscal year 2017 (FY17) budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program was released, including $4.62 billion in gross discretionary funding.

Van Raalte Moderates Adaptive Management Webinar

Van Raalte Moderates Adaptive Management Webinar

Colleagues Celebrate Don King’s Retirement at AGG1

Colleagues Celebrate Don King’s Retirement at AGG1

Dredge Central, LLC gave Don King a retirement send-off at the AGG1 Expo/World of Asphalt show, commemorating his dredging career that started in the 1950s.

Congressional Research Service Rates Corps  on WRRDA 2014 Progress

Congressional Research Service Rates Corps on WRRDA 2014 Progress

In February 2016, the Congressional Re-search Service (CRS) issued a report on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers progress on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, “Army Corps of Engineers: Water Resource Authorizations, Appropriations, and Activities,” by Nicole T. Carter and Charles V. Stern, specialists in natural resource policy for CRS. The report provides an objec-tive look at Corps progress so far on WRRDA 2014 and the study and construction process, as well as provides a historical perspective on evolution of the Corps’ Civil Works mission.

Contracts for Fehmarnbelt Link Between Denmark  and Germany Announced

Contracts for Fehmarnbelt Link Between Denmark and Germany Announced

Femern A/S, the planning company for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany, announced in early March its selection of preferred bidders for the main contracts. Among the contracts is a substantial dredging contract, principally excavating an 18-kilometer (11-mile) undersea trench for a prefabricated automobile and rail tunnel across the Fehmarnbelt strait in the Baltic Sea. The dredging contract will be awarded to the Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC) consortium, comprised of Van Oord, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., Hochtief Solutions AG and Ed Züblin AG, and the consultancy SWECO Danmark A/S. Conditional contracts will be signed no later than mid-May 2016.

New Orleans District Evaluating New Wetland Impact Assessment Method

In late February, the U.S Army Corps of En-gineers New Orleans District launched a new wetland assessment method. The new Louisiana Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (LRAM) will be used to determine impacts to wetlands and calculate compensatory mitigation requirements for activities permitted under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The district will evaluate LRAM over yearlong assessment period.

Galveston District Continues Stakeholder Partnering Forums

On March 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District hosted a stakeholder partnering forum, meeting with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate on best practices for ecosystem restoration, navigation, flood risk management and regulatory oversight.

Corps Performs Lakebed Imaging Study for Erosion Analysis

Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District began a lakebed imaging study to determine changes near the New Buffalo, Michi-gan, area. The Detroit District Hydrology and Hydraulics Office is analyzing the data to under-stand how the sand is moving and why, and what might be done to alleviate problems with erosion. In September 2015, 11 scientists and engineers spent two weeks collecting data to quantify the changes in the amount of sand in the coastal zone.

Wilmington District and Dredge Currituck Assist with Boulder Removal in Connecticut

Wilmington District and Dredge Currituck Assist with Boulder Removal in Connecticut

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilm-ington District and the dredge Currituck came to the aid of the New England Division, which called upon the district to remove boulders in the Narragansett Bay in Connecticut, which were posing navigation hazards.

WEDA Midwest Chapter Hosts Largest Conference Yet

WEDA Midwest Chapter Hosts Largest Conference Yet

SEATOOLS INTRODUCES PILE DREDGE TOOL

Seatools launches its latest product, Pile Dredge Tool (PDT), which the company said combines Seatools’ key strengths of subsea equipment development and dredging expertise. This pile cleaning and dredging tool is capable of removing soil plugs and cleaning of pre-piled jackets. The system can be used for all kinds of other pile excavation operations as well, such as for the preparation of piles prior to abandon-ment operations.

PARTRAC CONTRACTED FOR MONITORING SERVICES AT UK MARINE PARK

Partrac announced the award of a marine monitoring support services contract for the ABLE Marine Energy Park (AMEP). AMEP is a fully consented infrastructure project in the Humber estuary in the United Kingdom. It was designed to offer port facilities for the renewable energy sector, particularly offshore wind. The contract includes the supply, deployment and maintenance of monitoring equipment, and the delivery of water quality data through baseline, construction and post-construction phases of the development.

TSHD CHARLOCK TAKES DELIVERY OF DAMEN PUMPS

TSHD CHARLOCK TAKES DELIVERY OF DAMEN PUMPS

Damen supplied two dredge pumps for the 3,200-cubic-meter (about 2,447-cubic-yard) trailing suction hopper dredge Charlock. One semi-axial dredge pump is fitted on the trailing pipe, and the other pump is mounted inboard. Damen said both dredge pumps work in series, enabling a more efficient dredging process.

DSC DELIVERS DREDGE TO PORTLAND MARINA

DSC DELIVERS DREDGE TO PORTLAND MARINA

Rose City Yacht Club in Portland, Oregon, took delivery and startup of a new eight-inch Badger Class dredge from DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, Louisiana. The Badger dredge was a much-needed replacement for an older dredge the club had purchased and had operated for more than 20 years, doing their own dredging at the marina.

WILLARD MARINE SUPPLIES RESCUE BOAT FOR DREDGE MCFARLAND

WILLARD MARINE SUPPLIES RESCUE BOAT FOR DREDGE MCFARLAND

Willard Marine, Inc. delivered a SOLAS 670 rescue boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to serve aboard the dredge McFarland in Phila-delphia, Pennsylvania.

MOFFAT & NICHOL CHAIRMAN DIES

MOFFAT & NICHOL CHAIRMAN DIES

In March, Mofatt & Nichol announced the death of Robert D. Nichol, the firm’s chairman and former president and chief executive officer. The company said Nichol had guided Moffatt & Nichol since he became the company’s second president in 1975, leading it to its global promi-nence in the engineering industry as a top mari-time and transportation design and advisory firm.

BERKY EXPANSION INTEGRATES SENWATEC

BERKY EXPANSION INTEGRATES SENWATEC

The Anton Berkenheger Group, also called Berky, expanded its company with the integra-tion of Senwatec, known for its highly special-ized dredges and excavators.

REDMETERS LAUNCHES NEW DENSITY GAUGE

REDMETERS LAUNCHES NEW DENSITY GAUGE

REDmeters based in Orlando, Florida, intro-duced a density gauge to measure the density of a slurry in a pipeline, ranging from two inches to 42 inches inner diameter. The measurements and calculations run in real-time, 33 times per second, and the gauage measures the full con-tents of the pipe, not a sample. In addition to measuring slurry density, the system can report percent solids or specific gravity, or total mass, if inline with a flow meter.

April/May 2016 - DR/NA

April/May 2016 - DR/NA

CORPS DREDGE RETURNS TO OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND The Corps of Engineers dredge Murden arrived in Ocean City, Maryland, on April 6 for the semiannual dredging of the ebb shoals near the Inlet and finish a quick fix completed by its sister dredge Currituck in March.

Contracts - April/May 2016

Editorial - Corps Updates House Subcommittee on WRRDA 2014 Implementation, as Committee Prepares for Future WRDA Bill

Editorial - Corps Updates House Subcommittee on WRRDA 2014 Implementation, as Committee Prepares for Future WRDA Bill

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 did a lot to legislate how the process for choosing water resources projects and awarding funding would take place. In the post-earmark era, Congress is looking to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help them better identify the best projects for funding, and assist the Corps in cleaning up its own authorization and back log process. Much of the focus for future projects is also on leveraging private funds, in the form of public-private partnerships.

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