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DREDGE YARD SPONSORS IV INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF DREDGING COMPANIES

Dredge Yard, an international dredging company located in the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Turkey, presented at the 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies in Moscow on February 15.

GATOR DREDGING COMPLETES DREDGING PROJECT ON TURKEY CREEK

GATOR DREDGING COMPLETES DREDGING PROJECT ON TURKEY CREEK

Gator Dredging has completed a project in Palm Bay, Florida, along Turkey Creek to remove muck and nitrogen and phosphorus contamination. The project was part of a larger Indian River Lagoon cleanup effort in Brevard County.

LIEBHERR CRAWLER CRANE DREDGES SWISS ALPS LAKE

LIEBHERR CRAWLER CRANE DREDGES SWISS ALPS LAKE

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH has been contracted to use the new HS 8130 HD cycle duty crawler crane to dredge sediment off the filter grids of the Lake Luzzone reservoir in the Swiss Alps.

OSIL INTRODUCES BUOY AND 30-METER PISTON CORER

OSIL INTRODUCES BUOY AND 30-METER PISTON CORER

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) has introduced two new products, the Small Field Buoy and the 30-meter (98-foor) Giant Piston Corer.

WEDA Pacific Chapter Plans Meeting for Portland

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Pacific Chapter will meet in Portland, Oregon, at the Embassy Suites Portland from October 25 to 27.

WEDA Annual Meeting Travels to Vancouver, BC

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Dredging Summit & Expo 2017 will take place June 26 to 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, British Columbia.

NY/NJ PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE TENYEAR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Following the completion of a major deepening project at the Port of New York & New Jersey, the port authority approved its largest ever $32.2 billion ten-year capital improvement plan to rebuild the region’s other aging infrastructure, leveraging private sector dollars, including the largest transportation public-private partnership in the U.S.

NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT AND NEW HAVEN PORT AUTHORITY CONTINUE STUDY PROCESS FOR DEEPENING PROJECT

The Corps of Engineers New England District and the New Haven Port Authority held an open comment period through February 23 for the New Haven Navigation Improvement Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The two held a public meeting on January 24 in New Haven, Connecticut.

ALABAMA STATE PORT AUTHORITY SIGNS MOU WITH CUBA

ALABAMA STATE PORT AUTHORITY SIGNS MOU WITH CUBA

In February, the Alabama State Port Authority and the National Port Administration of Cuba signed a five-year cooperative agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Port of Mobile and the Cuban ports marks the first ports agreement signed on U.S. soil since 1959.

GREAT LAKES BEGINS MAINTENANCE WORK AT BALTIMORE HARBOR

GREAT LAKES BEGINS MAINTENANCE WORK AT BALTIMORE HARBOR

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock began a maintenance dredging project at Baltimore Harbor channels. Under contract with the Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, the contractor will remove 1 million cubic yards. The $14.1 million contract was awarded last fall. Great Lakes began dredging in February.

PORT OF EVERGLADES CONTINUES STUDIES DURING PED PHASE FOR DEEPENING PROJECT; PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN THROUGH MARCH

The Port of Everglades announced earlier this year that it was in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ongoing efforts to continue surveys as part of the environmental process for the navigation improvement projects. The Corps is conducting studies during a two-year preconstruction, engineering and design (PED) phase, which will continue into 2018.

TEXAS STATE SENATE PASSES PORT EXPANSION ACT

On March 30, the Texas state Senate passed Senate Bill 28 – the Texas Port Expansion Act – introduced by Senator Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe). The bill passed with a unanimous vote.

April/May 2017 - DR/NA

April/May 2017 - DR/NA

FURUNO USA DEBUTED TWO NEW PRODUCTS—THE DFF3D MULTIBEAM SONAR AND THE STANDALONE COLOR LCD RADAR MODEL 1815.

FURUNO USA DEBUTED TWO NEW PRODUCTS—THE DFF3D MULTIBEAM SONAR AND THE STANDALONE COLOR LCD RADAR MODEL 1815.

The DFF3D has a sidebar detection range of more than 650 feet, a depth visibilty to 1,000 feet and allows scanning from port to starboard under the vessel. Four display modes are available in the DFF3D including Cross Section, 3D Sounder History, Triple/Single Beam Sounder and Side Scan.

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURUAL RESOURCES SELECTS COASTAL ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS FOR RESTORATION PROJECT

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has contracted with Coastal Engineering Consultants to serve as the prime consultant for the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.

FINNISH TRANSPORT AGENCY SELECTS TELEDYNE CARIS™ FOR ITS NEW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) has selected Teledyne CARIS™ to provide a new bathymetric data management system to manage existing bathymetry and incoming bathymetric surveys provided by external contractors.

SBG SYSTEMS ADDS NEW PRODUCTS TO ITS MINIATURE INTERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

SBG SYSTEMS ADDS NEW PRODUCTS TO ITS MINIATURE INTERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

SBG Systems of Rueil-Malmaison, France, has introduced the Ekinox 2 and Ellipse Series to its Miniature Inertial Navigation Systems.

TELEDYNE CARIS™ RELEASES CARIS OUTBOARD ™ 1.1

Teledyne Caris™ released CARIS Outboard ™ 1.1 that will allow users to process data in real-time. The system incorporates the HIPS and SIPS™ processes so backscatter mosaics can be generated, and the user can compute GPS tide, applying observed depth and attitude filters.

NEW SOFTWARE PACKAGE AVAILABLE FROM HYPACK

NEW SOFTWARE PACKAGE AVAILABLE FROM HYPACK

In response to customers’ suggestions and requests, HYPACK of Middletown, Connecticut, has released new software, HYPACK 2017.

CODA OCTOPUS INTRODUCES NEW WIDE ANGLE ECHOSCOPE

CODA OCTOPUS INTRODUCES NEW WIDE ANGLE ECHOSCOPE

Coda Octopus has introduced the XD Wide Angle Echoscope® to its real-time 3D sonar systems.

STR PURCHASES A TRITECH SONAR

STR PURCHASES A TRITECH SONAR

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR) of Scotland purchased Tritech’s Gemini 720is Multibeam Imagine Sonar to add to its equipment rental inventory.

HEMISPHERE GNSS INTRODUCES A NEW SMART ANTENNA

Arizona based, Hemisphere GNSS Inc. introduced the A326 Rugged Smart Antenna at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 held March 7 to March 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A SCANNER TRAINING COURSE IS BEING HELD BY SWATHE SERVICES

A practical based multibeam sonar and mobile laser scanner training course is being held in Cornwall, United Kingdom, from May 15 to 19.

TELEDYNE CARIS™ ANNOUNCES PRODUCT UPDATES

TELEDYNE CARIS™ ANNOUNCES PRODUCT UPDATES

Teledyne CARIS™ has released new versions of Bathy DataBASE™ (BDB), HIPS and SIPS™.

AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS WINS EPA CONTRACT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program office contracted with Affiliated Researchers to provide sediment sampling and surveying at the Milwaukee River Area of Concern.

Michels, Luedtke Perform Integral Work in Cat Island Restoration

Michels, Luedtke Perform Integral Work in Cat Island Restoration

Two Midwestern dredging companies played a significant role in a long-term island building project that promises environmental and ecological benefits to Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin, and also increases the region’s capacity for the placement of dredged materials. In April 2017, Luedtke Engineering of Frankfort, Michigan, completed a maintenance dredging project, which added 410,000 cubic yards to the islands.

CEDA Opens Registration for Dredging Days Event

Registration is open for the next Central Dredging Association (CEDA) Dredging Days event, which will be held from November 9 to 10 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

IADC Accepting Submissions for Safety Award

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) is taking submission for its annual safety award. The IADC Safety Award seeks to encourage the development of on-the job safety skills and safety awareness; make the work environment safer; reward people and companies who make it possible to work more safely; and honor those who demonstrate special diligence in safety awareness in performing their professions.

Saginaw River Deepening Study on Hold as Funding Unavailable

For several years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has looked into deepening the Saginaw River near Saginaw Bay in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, but the federal government has not fully funded its share of a feasibility study, expected to cost $1.3 million in total.

FSBPA Hosts 30th Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology

FSBPA Hosts 30th Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology

Organized by the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA), the annual national conference on Beach Preservation Technology was held February 8 to 10 on Hutchinson Island at the Marriott in Stuart, Florida. With some 250 attendees who included engineers, scientists, representatives of state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Agencies as well as academic researchers, surveyors, the dredging industry and coastal residents, the presentations were wide ranging and the discussions as well.

RSC Bio Produces Plant-based Lubricant for Extreme Industrial Applications

RSC Bio Solutions has introduced the FUTERRATM product line of sugar-based bio-refined lubricants that have all the characteristics necessary for use in extreme industrial conditions, while meeting U.S. and global regulations for certification as environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). They have the same protection ability as petroleum-based lubricating oils.

DSC Completes First Installation of Dredge Diagnostic and Monitoring System

DSC Completes First Installation of Dredge Diagnostic and Monitoring System

DSC Dredge has completed the first installation of its new diagnostic software on Cal-Portland’s new aggregate dredge, which was launched on March 8 at the Northwest Aggregates Company’s Santosh Sand and Gravel Facility in Scappoose, Oregon.

Jan De Nul Group Excavates Foundation for Offshore Wind Farm

Jan De Nul Group Excavates Foundation for Offshore Wind Farm

In mid-November 2016, Energinet.dk and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH announced that they had awarded the Joint Venture Iemants-Jan De Nul Group the EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract for two gravity based foundations (GBFs). This will be part of the Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm, a 600 MW offshore wind farm in the Danish Baltic Sea, together with the Combined Grid Solution interconnector project. As of December 2016, engineering for the project has been started.

Van Oord, Boskalis Joint Venture Assume Dredging at Brazil’s Port of Santos

Van Oord, Boskalis Joint Venture Assume Dredging at Brazil’s Port of Santos

The Brazilian Ministry of Transports, Ports and Civil Aviation has finally signed a contract for a joint venture (JV) made up of Van Oord and Boskalis for the capital and maintenance dredging of the Port of Santos. This follows a number of setbacks, which have delayed the project for about a year. The whole process to dredge the Port of Santos, including the initial tendering to find a contractor, should last about two years.

Two Major USACE Maintenance Contracts Executed by Cottrell

Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia, reports that its dredge Lexington has been working on a contract known as Maintenance Dredging Wilmington Harbor Anchorage Basin and 42-Foot Project, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, North Carolina Contract # W912PM-I6-C-0012 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Lexington is an 18-inch cutter suction dredge with 4,250 installed horsepower and is 200 feet long and 38 feet wide. The contract was awarded in August 2016 and the project started at the end of September 2016. All work will be completed by the end of February.

Trimble and Teledyne Join Forces to Market Marine Construction Software

Trimble and Teledyne Join Forces to Market Marine Construction Software

Trimble and Teledyne Marine announced on March 7 that Teledyne had rebranded its PDS (Ports Dredging Surveying) software with the Trimble name, to be marketed as a hardware and software package through Trimble’s Marine Construction dealers.

Dutch Flood Protection Program to Begin Reinforcing Houtribdijk, Critical Dike Across the IJsselmeer

Dutch Flood Protection Program to Begin Reinforcing Houtribdijk, Critical Dike Across the IJsselmeer

In December 2016, the Netherlands Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management, known in Dutch as Rijkswaterstaat, announced its intention to grant permits for the reinforcement of the Houtribdijk to two Dutch dredging companies, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) and Van Oord. As of late January that project is set to proceed with a contract that carries a value of 90 million euros (about 96 million dollars) to be divided evenly between the two companies. The project is part of the Netherlands’ national Flood Protection Program (Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma).

Colombian River Authority to Terminate Dredging Contract with Navelena for Magdalena River

Colombian River Authority to Terminate Dredging Contract with Navelena for Magdalena River

Colombia’s river management authority, Cormagdalena, said it will terminate a contract with Navelena, a consortium made up of Brazilian company Odebrecht and the Colombian government Valorcon, to dredge the country’s Magdalena River.

Battelle Contaminated Sediment Conference Draws More Than 1,000 from 20 Countries

Environmental engineers and scientists, contractors, suppliers and others gathered in New Orleans on January 9 to 12 for Battelle’s Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments. A total of 1,190 people from 20 countries participated in 51 technical sessions comprising 235 technical papers, 259 poster presentations, four panel discussions and a closing roundtable discussion. There were 80 exhibit booths.

New Weeks Hopper Dredge Launched at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Allanton Yard

New Weeks Hopper Dredge Launched at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Allanton Yard

Weeks Marine Inc. and Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. celebrated the launch of the hopper dredge Magdalen March 31 at Eastern’s Allanton shipyard near Panama City, Florida. With a capacity of 8,550 cubic yards, the Magdalen—Weeks’ third hopper dredge—will more than double the company’s total hopper dredging capabilities. Final outfitting and sea trials will take place at Eastern’s Nelson Street Shipyard. Eastern expects to deliver the dredge Magdalen before the end of the year.

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The President’s FY18 Budget Proposal and How Congress Can Meet Our Infrastructure Needs

The President’s FY18 Budget Proposal and How Congress Can Meet Our Infrastructure Needs

In mid-March, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). The top-line version of the overall budget, titled “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” tackles only about one-third of the total line items, with a more detailed budget due out next month. While the new administration talked a lot about infrastructure, its “skinny” budget, as it has been called, doesn’t seem to hold up to the claim of more infrastructure projects. The priorities in President’s Trumps budget, as he said in his budget statement, are “safety and security,” which in numbers means major increases in defense spending and the budgets for the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget sees decreases.

KOOIMAN MARINE GROUP CONVERTING DRY CARGO VESSEL TO TSHD

KOOIMAN MARINE GROUP CONVERTING DRY CARGO VESSEL TO TSHD

Brussels based Group De Cloedt has contracted with Kooiman Marine Group in Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands, to convert dry cargo vessel DC Eems to a trailing suction hopper dredge.

DRAGFLOW SUPPLIES HYDRAULIC PUMP FOR IRANIAN PROJECT

Dragflow of Italy, delivered a hydraulic dredge pump with a frontal cutterhead to the Persian Gulf, where it will be used for dredge work to construct a fishery port near Jask, Iran.

DAMEN SHIPYARDS PERFORMS MAINTENANCE ON JAN DE NUL HOPPER DREDGE

DAMEN SHIPYARDS PERFORMS MAINTENANCE ON JAN DE NUL HOPPER DREDGE

Damen Shipyards Group of The Netherlands completed a three-week maintenance project on the 223-meter (731 feet) suction hopper dredge Leiv Eiriksson. Previous to its maintenance work, the dredge worked for 18 months on a land reclamation project in Nigeria.

WEDA Midwest Chapter Omaha Meeting Focuses Beneficial Use, Contaminated Sediment, Safety and More

WEDA Midwest Chapter Omaha Meeting Focuses Beneficial Use, Contaminated Sediment, Safety and More

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Midwest Chapter met in Omaha, Nebraska, from March 8 to 10 at the Embassy Suites Old Market hotel to discuss local projects and issues and chapter business matters, as well as some time for networking. Eighty people attended the event, along with 20 sponsors.

India’s Largest Port Operator Expands Its Dredge Fleet

India’s Largest Port Operator Expands Its Dredge Fleet

On March 31, a new Beagle trailing suction hopper dredge was launched at Royal IHC’s wharf in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands. This is the first of two IHC Beagle® 8 TSHDs that will be added to the fleet of the Adani Group, a port developer in India and other parts of the Asia Pacific. “The Beagles will be used in the maintenance and development of Adani’s numerous ports,” according to Kees Derks, IHC area sales director for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. “The 8,000 cubic meter (about 10,400 cubic yard) trailer Shanti Sagar 17 is the first of the two Beagles to be delivered. The Shanti Sagar 18 will be delivered later this year.”

Biggest-Ever CONEXPO-CONAGG Attracts Optimistic Buyers

Biggest-Ever CONEXPO-CONAGG Attracts Optimistic Buyers

CONEXPO-CONAGG/IFPE 2017 drew 128,000 attendees to Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 7 to 11. Of those attendees, 20 percent – 26,000 – were from 150 countries outside the U.S. Fifty-two thousand tickets to education sessions were purchased – a 26 percent increase from the 2014 show. Overall contractor and aggregate producer attendance grew by 10 percent over the number attending the 2014 show.

IMX Expands Education Sessions; J.F. Brennan to Host Sessions on Dock Construction and Maintenance

The Inland Marine Expo (IMX), the annual trade show for the inland and intracoastal commercial marine industry, held at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, from May 22 to 24, will include expanded education with an increased focus on topics pertinent to marine contractors and facility operators.

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