Nigerian Ambassador Visits Dredge Christening
The occasion was the commissioning ceremony on August 10 of the dredge Incarnate I, a 10-inch Series 370 Dragon, built for Incarnate Holdings Ltd., Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
Ambassador Obiozor noted in his remarks that "Although, I am still in the process of settling down in Washington, D.C., having arrived at this post a little over one month ago, I thought I should accept this invitation because of the significance of this commissioning to United States - Nigeria commercial relations. As we all probably know, one of the reasons why countries establish diplomatic missions abroad is to bring about better economic and commercial relations between them and the host country. Trade is a very important factor in Nigeria's relations with the United States, and as Nigeria's ambassador, I would like to tell you that I am interested to see, during my tenure in Washington, D.C. that the frontiers of Nigeria's trade with this country are extended beyond what they were before my arrival.
"Trade between two countries is, however, an abstraction, because in real terms, trade goes on between entities like Incarnate Holdings Ltd., Port-Harcourt and Baltimore Dredges, LLC. Today, as we commission this new Ellicott Dredger, I would like to congratulate Baltimore Dredges, LLC, for its engineering expertise in the construction of this dredger."
Myrna LaBarre, Executive Assistant of Baltimore Dredges, officiated at the naming and commissioning on behalf of Mrs. Mmama Ime S. Ekpo, wife of the president of Incarnate Holdings.
Peter Bowe, president of Baltimore Dredges, said "In addition to the 10-inch Dragon for Incarnate, the Ellicott Division of Baltimore Dredges LLC has two 12-inch Series 670s and one 14-inch Series 1170 Dragon under construction for middle eastern clients, and multiple larger size machinery packages under construction for Asian clients."
Including its Liquid Waste Technology, LLC subsidiary, the company has about 30 dredges under construction at its Baltimore and Wisconsin facilities. Other clients with dredges on order include customers in Venezuela, Egypt, Canada, Guatemala, and China.