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January-February 2007

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Van Antwerp Nominated Corps Chief

On February 2, 2007 the president announced the nomination of LTG Robert L. (Van) Van Antwerp to be the 52d Chief of Engineers.

Alain Charles to Sponsor Yangtze Port Conference

Alain Charles Publishing will sponsor a networking conference for Western investors and suppliers to meet decision-makers at the major Yangtze ports. To be held in Shanghai April 12, 2007, the Yangtze Business Network 2007 will be the first time that so many port managers and government officials will be gathered together for the sole purpose of meeting potential foreign investors.

The Complete OSHA Guide to Fall Protection

OSHA Guide to Fall Protection reviewed.

Intracoastal Waterway Group Pressures Congress to Fund Channel

During their annual meeting in North Carolina on November 15 and 16, 2006 62 members of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to create a permanent dedicated funding source for the maintenance of the waterway.

Resolution of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association resolution wording.

GLDD Safety Leadership Team Commitment Statement

The GLDD Safety Leadership Team is committed to and accountable for providing leadership in the creation of an Incident and Injury-Free (IIF) work environment, in which all employees return safely to their families.

Partrac to Co-ordinate UK Contaminated Sediments Strategy Partrac to Co-ordinate UK Contaminated Sediments Strategy

The United Kingdoms Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced an initiative to create a strategy for managing contaminated marine sediments aimed at providing a holistic, ecosystem-based structure within which practical management of dredged contaminated sediment can be achieved.

Yangtze River Ports 2006

Yangtze River Ports 2006

Greater co-operation and co-ordination at both local and central levels is key to the modernization of the Yangtze River as a shipping channel, says a leading official from Chinas Ministry of Communications in Yangtze River Ports 2006.

Presidents FY2008 Corps Budget: $4.817 Billion

The FY2008 proposed presidents budget for the Corps of Engineers was released on February 5.

Mansons IIF Heart: Building an Incident And Injury Free Workplace

Manson Construction Company is looking for an objective approach to upgrade the company safety program and reduce incident rate.

WODCON XVIII Announcements

Useful information about the upcoming WODCON XVIII conference including hotel room rates and tours.

Dutch Contractor Combines with Damen to Develop Bomb-Proof Suction Mouth

Equipment Roundup: Pumps When Dutch dredging contractor Martens en van Oord discovered ammunition in the material it was dredging in Holland, the job was shut down and they had to find a solution.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Commits To an Injury-Free Goal

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Commits To an Injury-Free Goal

Between 1996 and 2004, incidents resulting in injuries at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) declined by 40 percent under a safety plan guided by Dave Simonelli and Glenn Thomas.

Beier to Provide Dynamic Positioning Systems for Offshore Vessels

Beier Radio has signed a contract with Bourbon Offshore to deliver 36 DP-2 systems for their vessels to be built in China.

Dredging safety anecdotes; Working toward waterways funding

Iraqi Translator Develops Contractor Safety Program for Corps Gulf Region

Iraqi Translator Develops Contractor Safety Program for Corps Gulf Region

Rizgar A. Mohammed, an Iraqi translator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division, was selected to be a safety representative for the Gulf Region North District.

Events

Environmental Toxicity of Dredged Materials a Significant Topic at SETAC Meeting

Environmental Toxicity of Dredged Materials a Significant Topic at SETAC Meeting

Several presentations at the recent meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) focused on assessing the ecological impacts of dredged materials. The 27th annual SETAC meeting was held November 5 through 9, 2006 in Montral, Qubec.

Dredeco, Boskalis Win Port Kembla Job

A joint venture of Dredeco and Boskalis has won a $20 million contract for the dredging portion of a $140 million expansion of the Port Kembla, NSW, Australia inner harbor.

Ship Cargo Hits Cherokee in Cape Fear River

Ship Cargo Hits Cherokee in Cape Fear River

Booms of container cranes loaded on the Chinese ship Zhen Hua 16 struck Southern Dredging Companys cutterhead dredge Cherokee in the Cape Fear River, North Carolina on Saturday, February 3, 2007.

Corps of Engineers Honors Dredge America with Two Safety Awards

Corps of Engineers Honors Dredge America with Two Safety Awards

Dredging Safety Dredge America, Inc. was recognized by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District on December 6 and 7, 2006 for two awards: 2006 Zero Accident Award and 2006 Safety Honor Roll Award.

CEDA Africa Meets In Tangiers

CEDA Africa Meets In Tangiers

CEDAs Africa section held its second International Dredging Days in Tangiers, Morocco on November 1 through 3, 2006, with the theme Protection of the Coastline, Dredging and Sustainable Development

Alemn Zubieta Receives French Legion of Honor

Alemn Zubieta Receives French Legion of Honor

In a ceremony on Monday, December 18, 2006 the French Government honored Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemn Zubieta with the Ordre national de la Lgion d honneur or Legion of Honor in recognition of his successful management of the famous waterway.

JMJs No-Injury Safety Goal Helps Companies Eliminate Accidents

Two dredging contractors have embraced a safety program that is aimed not at reducing, but eliminating accidents and injuries. Other companies are looking at their success and are considering the benefits of the program.

Contracts December 22, 2006 through February 1, 2007

Leningrad River Port Purchases Sand Pumps From Metso

Leningrad River Port Purchases Sand Pumps From Metso

In November 2005, Metso Minerals signed a $1,016,804 contract with OSJ Leningrad River Port in St. Petersburg Russia for the supply of dredge pumps, Hydra-Jets, spares, and service. OSJ purchased a fourth Matri-X MA-54 in July 2006, which was delivered in November 2006.

Boskalis, Jan de Nul Win LNG Contract

Royal Boskalis Westminster nv and Jan de Nul have won a joint venture contract for construction of an LNG export terminal in Soyo, Angola. The contract involves creating new land at sea as well as dredging an access channel.

CH2M HILL Appoints Sediment Experts

CH2M HILL Appoints Sediment Experts

CH2M Hill has appointed Eastern and Western vice presidents of Sediments, Ports and Waterways.

Meeting Set to Discuss Pascagoula Channel Widening

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District has scheduled a public scoping meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the Gautier Community Center, 2012 Library Lane, Gautier, Mississippi beginning at 6:00 pm.

Dredging Seminar Set for Mexico in March

Crown Prince to Open Dredging Seminar

His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange will open Aquaterra, the world forum on delta and coastal development on February 7, 2007 at the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands.

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