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Woodside Removes Siltation Before Embrey Dam Breaching

Woodside Removes Siltation Before Embrey Dam Breaching

Woodside Construction dredged 300,000 cubic yards of material from the Rappahannock River (Virginia), River.

Woodside Removes Siltation Before Embrey Dam Breaching

Woodside Construction dredged about 300,000 cubic yards of material from the Rappahannock River (Virginia), River Mile 109, in preparation for demolition and removal of Embrey Dam. They used a 10-inch Ellicott 370 dredge for the job. The material is mostly sand and gravel, which tested at safe or undetectable levels of contaminants.

Wakeman to Manage Iraq Port Recovery

Thomas H. Wakeman III, who oversees The Port Authority of New York and New Jerseys $2 billion port dredging program, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Defense to assist Iraq in rebuilding its national port system. His tour will begin on March 1, 2004, and continue for up to 18 months.

OMB Underfunds Civil Works; U.S. Waterways at Risk

"We are beginning to hear and feel the first effects of the Administration's recently released FY2005 budget request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," said Worth Hager, president of the National Waterways Conference, Inc., on February 10. "The slowdown in the Corps' civil works program has already begun, and termination letters for some on-going projects have been sent. Communities and stakeholders all over the country are crying foul," she said. Hager was commenting on the shortfall in the budget for water resources projects which the Corps had scheduled for fiscal year 2005.

Wakeman to Manage Iraq Port Recovery

Federal Budget Shortchanges Channel Maintenance

Puerto Rico Issues RFP for Port Redevelopmnet

Federal Budget Shortchanges Channel Maintenance

The American Association of Port Authorities expressed alarm on February 3 that the administrations fiscal year 2005 (FY05) budget for the Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects fails to adequately fund critical deep-draft navigation projects. The group called for release of funds from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). Based on the fy 05 budget just announced, the fund surplus is expected to grow by an additional $377 million between fy 04 and fy 05, to more than $2.6 billion.

Budget Lacks Funds for Port Facility Security

Rowan/OEM to Build New Corps Dredge

Rowan/OEM to Build New Corps Dredge

Rowan Electric, Inc. (dba Oilfield Electric Marine -- OEM) will build a 20-inch cutter suction dredge to replace the Dredge Thompson for the Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. The company was awarded the $9,837,500 contract by the Philadelphia District Marine Design Center on September 30, with an expected Notice to Proceed at the end of October 2003.

Eagle Deepening Oxnard Channel

Eagle Deepening Oxnard Channel

Eagle North America is dredging a water intake channel for Reliant Electric in Oxnard, California, using a 10-inch Barracuda Class dredge purchased from Dredging Supply Company The project involves removing 70,000 cubic yards of sand and silt from a water intake channel. The project will be complete in spring of 2004.

Boskalis/DEME Completes Glory Hole

A partnership between Boskalis Offshore BV, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster NV group, and Tideway, a subsidiary of Belgian group DEME, has dredged two glory holes 120 meters (394 feet) below the water's surface. The southernmost hole was completed on July 22, and the northern hole on August 10. They are 350 kilometers (217.5 miles) off the Newfoundland coast in Husky Oil Company's White Rose Field.

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