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January-February 1999

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MP Marine Grows to 84 Employees

Mobile Pulley Marine Service provides a machine shop, berth space for two ro three large ships and two dry docks that can handle large barges and small dredges on Pinto Island, Mobile, Alabama. The company does repairs and improvements on dredges, and is convenient for equipment working in Mobile Bay and on the Gulf Coast.

Green Bay Recycles Dredged Material

Section 17 of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act provides for the Corps of Engineers to use private or public landfills for disposal of sediment, and the Corps pays a tipping fee to the owner of the landfill. Brown County, Wisconsin was one of the first to take advantage of this program, providing a placement area for maintenance material from the Green Bay navigation channel. The material will be sold for use as topsoil to landscapers in the area.

Board Reports on Dave Blackburn Fire

This is a summary of events on October 23, 1996, in which a fire engulfed the Dredge Dave Blackburn, working in Tiger Pass, Louisiana. It was distributed by the National Transportation Safety Board to the WEstern Dredging Association, who was asked to inform its member of the events in an effort to increase safety awareness.

Great Lakes Building Dredge New York

Great Lakes is building a new mechanical dredge. To be named the New York, the dredge is a Liebherr Model P996 backhoe excavator with a 13-cubic-meter (17 cubic yard) hard material bucket and 17 cubic meter (22.2 cubic yard) soft material bucket.

Smith Berger Supplies Anchor Fairlead

Smith Berger Marine is a small, employee-owned company that produces fairleads for handling heavy duty wire rope applications. Their products have many uses on board dredges. In early 1999, the company provided the anchor handling fairlead for the Royal Boskalis Westminster hopper dredge [i]Queen of the Netherlands[/i]

Houston Deepening to Begin

The first project to deepen the Houston Shipping channels to 45 feet began in the beginning of 1999. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company brought the 30-inch cutterhead dredge California from her last job in Mexico to work on the Houston-Galveston Lower Bay widening and deepening project. This is a 10 million cubic yard contract awarded on September 4, 1998 for $52,285,040. This article describes the nine dredging contracts that will achieve the deepening of all the channels in Houston.

Transportation Firm to Serve Dredging

Cindy Reavis, of Rye, New Hampshire, has started Marine Transportation Services, to broker tug and barge service for the dredging industry.

Cohasset Dredging Includes Capping

A maintenance and improvement project at a small Massachusetts fishing harbor will include a capping demonstration at the Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site (MBDS.)

Dredging the Clatskanie River

Government agencies appeared to hinder rather than help the community of Clatskanie, Oregon when the tiny community planned a flood control dredging project in their river, which flows through the center of town. It had flooded disastrously in February 1996. Ogden Beeman & Associates was hired to perform hydraulic modeling of flood reduction options for the river, which is a federally authorized channel.

Great Lakes Finishes Mystic River Job

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company complete the first part of a $31.9 million contract for the Boston Harbor Deepening project, in which the channles are being deepened to 40 feet from the existing 35 feet. This article describes the project in detail, including which dredges are in use, cost, mitigation and placement of clean and contaminated materials.

Westminster Wins Harwich Deepening

Westminster Dredging Company, a Boskalis Company, received the contract for deepening the Harwich deep-water channel, on England's East Coast. The article describes the project and the dredges to be used.

Disposal Site Buoy Visits Ireland

A buoy used by the Corps of Engineers New England District to mark a dredged material disposal site was recovered off the coast of Ireland. Dr. Fredette describes how the buoy was recovered by Hugh Boyles in Carrigart, Letterkenny, County Donegal and identified by a visiting American, Jim H. McCord III, and eventually returned to the New England District.

Ellicott Acquires LWT

LWT, a leading designer and manufacturer of portable, small dredges, especially those with remote controlled operation and automation capabilities, was acquired by an affiliate of Ellicott International.

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