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Boskalis Orders IHC Megacutter

Damen Karamara Starts Work in Nigeria

Damen Karamara Starts Work in Nigeria

Ellicott Delivered Dozens of Units in 2013

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA

DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA

CONTRACTS - Jan Feb 2014

Editorial : January-February-2014

WHO’S WHO

Hydroid Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced changes to its leadership team. Christopher von Alt, one of the company’s founders, has elected to resign from his position as president, effective January 1, 2014.

WEDA Midwest Chapter Meeting Planned for Cincinnati; Call for Presentations

The 2014 Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Midwest Chapter meeting will be April 9 – 11 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Millennium Hotel.

Van Oord Starts More Dredging in Indonesia

Van Oord Starts More Dredging in Indonesia

Van Oord was award a EUR 20 million ($27.2 million) contract for building land at the port in Surabaya, Indonesia. The public-private project partnership includes the port authority, and the new land will house an industrial estate.

DIAP Dredges on Jurong Island, Singapore

DIAP Dredges on Jurong Island, Singapore

EPA Releases New Vessel General Permit Guidelines

EPA Releases New Vessel General Permit Guidelines

The second issuance of the EPA’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) took effect December 19, 2013, replacing the first one issued in 2008. The permit affects commercial vessels, greater than 79 feet, in U.S. waters, to monitor incidental discharges in normal operations, as defined in the Clean Water Act.

Cashman Continues Work on St. Lucie Inlet

Cashman Continues Work on St. Lucie Inlet

Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co., LLC backhoe dredge Capt. AJ Fournier continues work in the federal channel and adjacent basin at St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County, Florida, following the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Boskalis Deepens Southampton Approach Channel

In November 2013, Royal Boskalis Westminter N.V. acquired a contract from the Associated British Ports to deepen the Southampton approach channel. The contract is worth approximately EUR 35 million (about $48 million).

Brazilian Government to Finance $240 Million Dredging Project at Port of Santos

Brazilian Government to Finance $240 Million Dredging Project at Port of Santos

Latin America’s largest port is far from its deepest – a problem that has rankled the terminal operators and shipping companies that depend on it – but a massive new dredging contract should improve the situation in the years to come.

Boskalis and Van Oord Reinforce Northern Dutch Coastline

In December 2013, Holland’s Noordekwartier Regional Water Board and the Department of Public Works and Water Management awarded a Van Oord and Boskalis joint venture a contract to reinforce and maintain the Hondsboossche and Pettemer Sea Defense from Petten to Camperdium, the northern stretch of the Dutch coastline.

BRP Issues Engine Safety Recall

In November 2013, BRP US, Inc. announced a safety recall for after sales Evinrude/Johnson remote control devices. If installed incorrectly, they can result in loss of boat control.

Dredge Central Refurbishes Mud Cat Dredge

Dredge Central Refurbishes Mud Cat Dredge

Dredge Central, LLC announced the latest addition to its growing inventory of refurbished used dredges, with the completion of a Mud Cat model MC-15 horizontal auger dredge. The refurbished dredge is ready to work.

EarthCam Offers New Camera

EarthCam Offers New Camera

This construction camera, the first automated outdoor gigapixel webcam, will document jobsite progress with megapixel images. The custom tiling player can display high resolution images, and the camera also produces presentation-ready images and time-lapse movies. Pictures can be analyzed in extreme detail, up to 17x optical zoom.

Bosch Releases Resource Kit

Bosch Rexroth Corp. released educational resource kits, covering factory automation, linear motion mechatronics, hydraulics, packaging and printing, and mobile technology. The kits help machine builders, systems integrators and manufacturing end-users address engineering challenges through case studies, software tools and web resources.

Steinert Unveils Mobile Separation Plant

Steinert US unveiled a complete mobile processing plant, for anywhere a power source and fairly level ground can be found.

Martin Engineering Introduces Vibrator Rental Program

Martin Engineering Introduces Vibrator Rental Program

Martin Engineering offers the industry’s first factory-direct vibrator rental program for its line of industrial vibrators, designed for vibratory screens, such as shale shakers and other solids separation equipment.

Trimble Establishes New SITECH® Centers

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that SITECH® Technology Dealers were established in Colorado, New Mexico and El Paso county in Texas.

Tideland Warning Systems Mark Shetland Platforms

Tideland Signal Corp. installed temporary warning systems on two platforms in the Clair Ridge development, west of Shetland, which lies north-east of mainland Britain. The system will mark the platforms for two years, while work continues on the topsides and subsea pipelines.

Kongsberg Delivers Cameras for Pacific Ocean Program

The Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. Camera group Systems & Projects Team delivered the first set of cabled IP Digital Still Camera Stations (CAMDS) to the University of Washington.

VSTEP to Supply Simulators for Dutch Training Center

VSTEP to Supply Simulators for Dutch Training Center

Iskes Towage & Salvage signed an agreement with VSTEP for the delivery of two NAUTIS Tug and Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) simulators. These simulators are the first units purchased for the new Iskes/Damen Training Centre, set up in the new Iskes office building at the port entrance to the ports of the Amsterdam Northsea canal area.

T&T Salvage Responds to Kiel Canal Disaster

After a cargo ship and an LPG carrier collided in a canal in Germany, T&T Salvage, a division of US-based Techman Group, assisted in the vessel recovery.

IHC Delivers Heave Compensator to China

IHC Merwede signed a contract for the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) delivery of an Active Heave Compensation (AHC) system for deep-water subsea installation of heavy modules in dynamic sea states.

UK University Surveys Ancient Greek City

UK University Surveys Ancient Greek City

To view underwater antiquities, researchers from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom conducted a marine geoarchaeological survey in Methoni, Greece, with the Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Dual Frequency Side Scan Sonar and GeoPulse Pinger Sub-Bottom Profiler.

Leica Offers Laser Distance Meter

Leica Offers Laser Distance Meter

The Leica DISTO D810 Touch is the first laser distance meter with a touch screen. The integrated camera can be used to take pictures and download them to a computer and works with a free app, Leica DISTO sketch.

EdgeTech Assists in Pipeline Survey

EdgeTech Assists in Pipeline Survey

The Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Technological University deployed an OceanServer Iver AUV with an EdgeTech 2205 combined Side Scan Sonar and Bathymetry system with the goal of imaging an underwater pipeline.

DSC Delivers Dredge to Nigeria

DSC Delivers Dredge to Nigeria

DSC Dredge, LLC delivered an 18-inch x 18-inch Marlin Class dredge and workboat to a contractor in Nigeria for channel dredging, land development and reclamation, and mining sharp sand out of the Nigerian rivers.

Hall Contracting Expands in Malaysia

Australia-based dredging, civil contracting and marine civil company, Hall Contracting celebrated its expansion within the international market, opening a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Veolia Partners with Genesis Water

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies announced a partnership with Genesis Water, as the exclusive Genesis partner in the global mining market. Veolia will deploy the Genesis RDS to help mining companies improve tailings management, recycle water and reduce reliance on tailings ponds, providing a sustainable solution while meeting regulatory requirements.

HYPACK Introduces 2014 Version

Hypack, Inc. introduced Hypack® 2014 at its training event in Mobile, Alabama, January 13 – 16. The official release will take place in February.

ALLU Assists Ohio Cleanup Project

ALLU Assists Ohio Cleanup Project

ALLU Group, Inc. continues work on a job site in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, with its in-situ Mass Stabilization System and its D-Series Screener Crusher processing attachments. The cleanup project will dredge 120,000 cubic yards of sediment from the harbor bottom.

Maj. Gen. Walsh Retires as Deputy Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Walsh Retires as Deputy Commanding General

Ecuador Seeks to Deepen Ports for Post-Panamax Ships

Ecuador Seeks to Deepen Ports for Post-Panamax Ships

Damen Converts Vessel to Trailing Suction Dredge While Afloat

Damen Converts Vessel to Trailing Suction Dredge While Afloat

Dredging Industry Will Be Represented at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2014, March 4 - 8 in Las Vegas

Dredging Industry Will Be Represented at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2014, March 4 - 8 in Las Vegas

Vosta Launches Dredge in Singapore, on Ship-Launching Airbags

Vosta Launches Dredge in Singapore, on Ship-Launching Airbags

Charleston Harbor Deepening Project is On Track

Charleston Harbor Deepening Project is On Track

Proponents of deepening Charleston Harbor to beyond the existing 45-foot authorized depth have dubbed the project the “Charleston Harbor Post-45 Project.” The deepening will allow the port to better serve the post-Panamax ships that will begin plying the seas in greater numbers when the Panama Canal expansion is complete next year.

Kokosing Working Indiana Harbor Superfund Job

Kokosing Working Indiana Harbor Superfund Job

In 2012, Kokosing Construction Co./O’Brien and Gere, Inc. joint venture started a long awaited Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging project, within the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal. Over the past 112 years, the canal has been home to heavy industry, which has led to historic contamination of the surrounding waters and sediments.

Corps of Engineers MVD Holds Gulf Dredging Meeting

Corps of Engineers MVD Holds Gulf Dredging Meeting

The Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) held a dredging meeting at the New Orleans District (MVN) on November 5. The meeting replaced the traditional presentation of area dredging schedules at the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Gulf Coast Chapter meeting.

New MARAD Study Sets Course for U.S. Port Expansions

New MARAD Study Sets Course for U.S. Port Expansions

In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a study that detailed the impacts on U.S. ports, once the Panama Canal expansion is complete, with the greatest impacts on the East and Gulf Coast and inland states east of the Mississippi River.

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