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January-February 2003

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Hypack 2003 Held In Phoenix

Safety Equipment and Services

Maj. Gen. Griffin Approves DSMP

Bean Responds to Jones Act Allegations

Jim Bean, president of C.F. Bean LLC of New Orleans, gives a detailed explanation of the activities of Bean Stuyvesant, a joint venture of Bean and Royal Boskalis Westminster of the Netherlands. The company's activities are within the scope of the Jones Act, he says.

Jim Bean Responds to Jones Act Accusation

Contractors Protest Safety Manual Change

Contract Awards, September to January 2002 and 2003

Dredging contract awards spanning September 2002 to mid-January 2003

Safety Equipment and Services

Descriptions of four suppliers to the safety aspect of dredging: Bay State Safety & Training, Inc., Jacksonville Fire & Safety, Miller Fall Protection and Ritz Safety.

Contractors Protest Safety Manual Change

The Corps of Engineers Safety Office presented proposed revisions to their official safety manual to industry in late 2002, giving contractors just four days to respond to the changes in the comprehensive document. The Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) informed LTG Robert H. Flowers, chief of engineers, that this was not sufficient time to review the changes, and were granted a 30-day delay.

Hypack 2003 Held In Phoenix

Hypack 2003 Held In Phoenix

Pat Sanders announced a new feature for DREDGEPACK users at the Hypack conference in early January. Dredgepack Viewer incorporates a bitmap image of an individual dredge into the software, so a dredge operator will see his own cutterhead or hopper dredge, with name and company logo, on the screen. The Coastal Oceanographics HYPACK 2003 training conference was held outside Phoenix, Arizona this year, at the resort and conference center owned by the Gila Indians, known officially as the Akimel Ootham Pee Posh, or People of the River.

Maj. Gen. Griffin Approves DSMP

38On November 18, Maj. Gen Robert H. Griffin, Corps of Engineers director of civil works, signed a letter of implementation telling the Corps Districts that a certificate from the Dredging Contractors of America Dredging Safety Management Program (DSMP) must be accepted as the operating safety program on a government contract. Dredges without a DSMP certificate must submit an accident prevention plan and comply with the Corps of Engineers Safety Manual (Publication 385-11). In the letter, Maj. Gen. Robert H. Griffin directs Corps commanders to John Torgersen, manager of the DSMP with any questions. Torgersen received 36 calls from Corps districts soon after the letter was issued, some from people who had no information on the DSMP. He plans to hold a series of meetings around the country to acquaint the Districts with the program.

Port of Panama City Legal Announcement

Legal Notice from the Port of Panama City requesting bid for dredging 256,000 cuibc yards from berths, with disposal at an upland site across St. Andrew Bay on Navy property. The channels will be deepened to 36 feet plus maximum two-foot overdepth. Bid opening date is February 19, 2003, 3 p.m. Contact Charles P. Lewis, Jr., Deputy Director, Port Panama City, 5321 W. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401.

Port of Panama City Legal Announcement

Port of Panama City Legal Announcement

Legal notice inviting bids on deepening berths at the Port of Panama City to 36 feet, with two feet of overdepth. A total of 256,000 cubic yards will be dredged, with an additional 150,000 cubic yards of overdepth. Disposal is at an upland site across St. Andrew Bay on Navy property. Contact Charles P. Lewis, Jr., Deputy Director, Port Panama City, 5321 W. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401.

CHIDA Plans Shanghai Conference in May

CHIDA Plans Shanghai Conference in May

The China Dredging Association (CHIDA) and the Eastern Dredging Association (EADA), in association with the Shanghai Waterway Bureau, will hold an international Dredging Congress and exhibition in Shanghai on May 20 through 23 (Tuesday through Friday). The theme is Dredging and Social Advancement, Economic Development and Environment Protection.

Thomas Galvin Dies

Thomas Galvin Dies

Thomas Keough Galvin Jr. died Friday September 20th of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 75 and had lived in Baltimore for 50 years. He joined Ellicott Machine Corporation in 1952 and established and managed the company's Paris office in the early 1960s. He was involved in the sale of many large dredges of significance from an industry perspective.

Isaac Ike Carter Dies

. Isaac Ike Freeman Carter Jr. died of cancer on Wednesday, January 15. He was 75. Mr. Carter was in the dredging business for 50 years, and performed marine contracting jobs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private entities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

Robert Jantzen Dies

Robert Jantzen Dies

Robert J. Jantzen died on September 30, 2002 of cancer. He was 68. Widely known in the dredging industry as a dredge engineer and builder, Mr. Jantzen designed seven dredges and modified more than 50 since starting Jantzen Engineering Co., Inc. in 1966. Among his designs are the clamshell dredge Virginian, owned by Norfolk Dredging Company, the Jim Bean, (now the Carolina, owned by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company), and the cutterhead dredge Sir Walter Raleigh (now the Arizona, owned by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.)

Mobile Pulley Auction Held

Corps Restoring Lost Wildlife Habitat

Corps Restoring Lost Wildlife Habitat

The Upper Mississippi River System consists of 1,300 miles of waterways from Cairo, Illinois, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Legislation in 1986 established the Environmental Management Program (EMP) for the purposes of restoring, protecting, and monitoring the natural resources of the system. The EMP is a partnership effort involving federal and state agencies and the public, put into effect by the Corps of Engineers. It has become the most significant effort to restore and protect the natural resource values of the Upper Mississippi River.

Ostervold Provides Parts and Engineering

Ostervold Provides Parts and Engineering

Lars Bernie Ostervold has been selling pump parts and engineering advice to aggregate companies in the Southeast for more than 20 years. Headquartered in Columbus, Georgia, his company, Pearce Pump South, Inc., handles all equipment from the front of the dredge to when the aggregate comes off the conveyor belt (after processing). This includes parts for pumps, conveyors and processing plants, and rubber products such as hoses and sleeves.

Sediment Management On Upper Mississippi

Sediment Management On Upper Mississippi

By Jon S. Hendrickson St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers Originally presented at the Western Dredging Association Midwest Chapter Meeting, October 1 & 2, St. Paul, Minnesota Sediment management on the Upper Mississippi River involves providing a safe and reliable inland navigation channel, improving habitat quality and diversity, and maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the river for recreational users and riparian land owners. These challenges must be met while balancing the multiple, competing uses of the river.

Pump Conversions Increase Productivity

Pump Conversions Increase Productivity

GIW Industries is offering pump conversion as a way of producing more profitable operation in old, inefficient or ineffective pump designs. To operate at peak production levels, dredges need more than just functional equipment; they need machinery that runs at optimum level with minimum maintenance. At the heart of this mix is the dredge pump. Cost effective pump performance can boost productivity and play a vital role in maximizing return on investment.

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