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January-February 2012

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Soy Transportation Director Will Address Legislative Summit

Pacific Chapter Issues Call for Abstracts

Dredges are Working in Southwest Pass

Almodovar Steps Into PIANC Role

Manson to Dredge Anchorage Harbor

Ritchie Bros. to Sell Rock Equipment in Fort Worth

President Obama Includes Delaware Deepening in 2013 Budget

Great Lakes will Participate in Wheatstone LNG Project

Boustany to Add RAMP Amendment to Transportation Bill

Ruth Ann Bond Dies

Pacific Chapter Draws 160 to Portland Meeting

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Pacific Chapter met in Portland, Oregon on October 26 through 28, presenting Corps of Engineers contracts planned for 2012 and a full schedule of technical talks about dredging projects in the region. About 160 people attended the conference 40 more than were expected. Allen Churchill, incoming president, urged those planning to attend the 2012 meeting in Alaska to register early, even if they are just probably coming, as accurate numbers will be important in that remote area. Wednesday, October 26th was devoted to a Corps/dredging

The Status of Bio-Fluids: Using Green Lubricants without Sacrificing Performance

The Status of Bio-Fluids: Using Green Lubricants without Sacrificing Performance

In the past several years there has been a worldwide mandate that companies begin to adopt lean and green initiatives, and the hydraulic world is no stranger to this concept.

Letter from Allen Dupont and Ruud Ouwerkerk

Letter and reply regarding design of new Weeks dredge and the Eagle 1 in 1981.

Dredging Roundup Latin America

Short news items from Latin America.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG  - A Photo Story

CONEXPO-CON/AGG - A Photo Story

CEDA Publishes Position Paper On Underwater Sound

CEDA Publishes Position Paper On Underwater Sound

Frank Thomsen, chair of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) Working Group on Underwater Sound, presented a report on the groups efforts in the course of Dredging Days. A position paper designed and produced by DPC was released during the event.

DREDGING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST - January 2012

BAM Divests Van Oord Share

BAM Groep nv (BAM) announced in December that it had transferred its 21.5 percent share in Van Oord nv to a consortium consisting of three Dutch investment companies (Janivo, Breedinvest, Rinkelberg) and one Belgian investment company (Cobepa).

Main Has History of Mine Safety Activities

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. (Joe) Main has been involved in mining and mine safety since he began working in coal mines in 1967. He is a native of Greene County, Pennsylvania, which leads the state in coal production. From the outset of his career he has been an advocate for miners safety and health. He was nominated by President Barack Obama as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA), and confirmed by the Senate on October 21, 2009.

House Passes Dust Regulation Measure

House Passes Dust Regulation Measure

On December 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, a bill to protect producers of resource-based products, including aggregates, as well as farmers and ranchers, from increased regulation of a naturally occurring substance. The bill passed with a vote of 258 to 150, with 33 Democrats joining all Republicans in favor.

Eni SpA Sells TAG Stake

Italys energy group Eni SpA has completed the sale of its majority stake in the TAG pipeline, which brings Russian gas to Europe, Eni said in a statement in January.

Vulcan Rejects Martin Marietta Takeover

Vulcan Materials Co, (NYSE: VMC) a major worldwide producer of sand, gravel and other construction materials, said on December 22 that it had rejected Martin Marietta Materials Inc.s (NYSE: MLM) hostile takeover bid, which valued the company at about $5 billion.

Bosch Rexroth Integrates Hgglunds Drives

In 2008, Bosch Rexroth began the legal integration of its then-latest purchase, the Swedish company Hgglunds Drives. Bosch Rexroth, a subsidiary within the German Robert Bosch GmbH, is one of the world-leading suppliers within drive and control technology. The Drive and Control Company develops, produces and sells Bosch Rexroth components and systems in more than 80 countries.

Governments Bordering Rio de la Plata System Heading Toward Agreement on Channels

Rio de la Plata, the mammoth, sea-like estuary whose shores are home to Argentine capital Buenos Aires and the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, is fed by two main tributaries: the Paran River, which runs northward through Argentina and eventually becomes its border with Paraguay; and the Uruguay River, which curves to the northeast, creating borders between Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Its no humble ambition: to make the Rio de la Plata river system become to South America what the Mississippi is to North America. But first the countries that border it must move past a decade of political stalemate and get on with the dredging.

Pre-Assessment Conferences Will Reduce Burden on Mines and Aggregate Producers

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will begin conducting pre-assessment conferencing in January 2012 to help reduce a backlog of violations before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

IDR Welcomes New Reporter for Latin America

Katie Worth has joined the International Dredging Review (IDR) staff as reporter for Central and South America, starting with the January/February 2012 issue. From her residence in Santiago, Chile, she will cover dredging-related news in Central and South America. Her first article, on expansion of the Rio de la Plata river system, appears in this issue. She will write a roundup of short items of dredging news in Latin America, to appear in each issue.

Ellicott Wins Award for Rohr Acquisition

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Maryland Chapter has awarded its Deal of the Year Award to Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC for its purchase of selected assets from Rohr Corporation.

CEDA Conference Focuses on Diversity in Dredging

CEDA Conference Focuses on Diversity in Dredging

The Central Dredging Associations (CEDA) Dredging Days 2011 took place on November 10-11 with 280 dredging experts from more than 20 countries attending. It was held in conjunction with Europort 2011 at the Ahoy Exhibition Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Cameron Finalizes Acquisition Of LeTourneau

LeTourneau Technologies, a Cameron company. Thats how switchboard operators are answering the phone at LeTourneau for now, as its integration into Cameron International (formerly known as Cooper Cameron Corporation) became complete in the fourth quarter of 2011. The sign on the building outside said only Cameron, the operator said. The employees have been receiving internal communications on the integration, which has been covered by financial and business publications, but the company has not yet issued a press release on the final naming. For now, LeTourneau is keeping its own Web site, with a special banner link to a Web site called www.CameronAcquiresLeTourneauDrilling.com

Weir Linatex Announces New Hose Products

Weir Linatex Announces New Hose Products

Weir Minerals Linatex, Gallatin, Tennessee, has announced two new products and a product enhancement - pre-formed hose bends; Wear Indicator System; and cut end hose with enhanced aluminum flanged couplings.

Corps Slowdown Continues to Hammer Orion

In reporting a net loss of $6.2 million for the three months ending September 30, 2011, compared to net income of $7.1 million for the same three months a year earlier, Orion Marine Group Inc. again blamed continued funding inaction by the federal government as dredging projects slowed in a climate of funding uncertainty. The same causes had led to a second-quarter loss of $3.2 million for Orion, as it shed about 300 people from its workforce.

Brannans Novels are Set in Mines

Review of Sandra Brannan's mystery novels set in mines in Colorado and South Dakota.

DMC Introduces Main Frame Dredge Design Concept For Export Customers

Almost 40 percent of the attendees at Europort are directly involved in the dredging industry, and these attendees represent countries that we do not reach with the other shows. In addition to Europe, the conference is attended by potential customers from Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, to name a few.

DSC and Supreme Join to Form New Company

On November 10, 2011, DSC Dredge, LLC and Supreme Dredge & Processing LLC form a new company Supreme-DSC Dredge, LLC a Louisiana-based corporation with its major manufacturing component in Stoneboro, Pennsylvania. The company allows the two companies to combine forces to complement each others product lines and build clamshell dredges for aggregate mining.

Dutra Group Purchases Dredge Stuyvesant

Dutra Group Purchases Dredge Stuyvesant

The Dutra Group has purchased the 11,144-cubic-yard hopper dredge Stuyvesant from General Electric. The purchase was finalized on December 30, and announced on January 2.

Highway Bill Scheduled for Senate Floor Next Week - RAMP Language Pushed

IT'S TIME TO PASS HMTF REFORM

Jan de Nul Completes Channel for Tonkolili Mine in West Africa

Jan de Nul Completes Channel for Tonkolili Mine in West Africa

Last February, African Minerals Limited (AML) contracted Jan de Nul to re-establish a navigation channel along the Sierra Leone River from Pepel to Freetown, Sierra Leone. The channel will allow passage of HandyMax Bulk carriers from the Pepel loading jetty to the offshore transshipment area, as part of AMLs Tonkolili Iron Ore Project 200 km inland from the coast.

Bangladesh Gets Three New Dredges

John D. Colonel Dies

Bentley Calls for Expansion of HMT

Dredging Contract Awards, November 2, 2011 to January 6, 2012

U.S. dredging contracts awarded from November 2, 2011 to January 6, 2012

Congress Funds Corps at $5 Billion

Dutra Acquires Dredge Stuyvesant

Marinex To Dredge Savannah and Brunswick Inner Harbors

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