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IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Robert Engler, October 1941 – March 2015

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Robert Engler, October 1941 – March 2015

VAN OORD ORDERS NEW CUTTER SUCTION DREDGE

Van Oord has ordered a new cutter suction dredge from Damen Shipyards Groups, the Netherlands.

GENESIS WATER AWARDED EUROPEAN PATENT

Genesis Water announced that the company’s dewatering technology has been granted European Patent No. 1286924 by the European Patent Office.

ALLU INTRODUCES GPS 3D POSITIONING SYSTEM

ALLU Group, Inc. has introduced the Allu 3D Positioning System, the newest addition to the Allu lineup of mass stabilization products for the geotechnical market and solidification/stabilization (S/S) in the remediation market. The new system uses GPS signals to precisely locate the Allu PMX excavator-mounted power mixing head, guiding the excavator operator to feed the correct amount of binder and to thoroughly mix each block of the job matrix.

ARC SURVEYING AND MAPPING ACQUIRES MEMPHIS SURVEYING FIRM

Jacksonville, Florida-based Arc Surveying and Mapping, Inc. has acquired Loudenbeck Surveying, Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee.

U.S. NAVY CHOOSES KSI FATHOMETER

Knudsen Systems Inc. (KSI) was awarded an $8.1 million contract by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Keyport, to supply equipment for the U.S. Navy.

LINDROM INTRODUCES NEW VERSION OF SEDIMETER

LINDROM INTRODUCES NEW VERSION OF SEDIMETER

Lindrom, Inc. has introduced a new version of its SediMeter for real-time monitoring of dredged sediment accumulation, when turbidity it monitored for environmental restritions.

ROYAL IHC ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN BRASTEC

Royal IHC (IHC) has acquired a majority stake in Brastec Technologies, based in Brazil.

RSC BIO SOLUTIONS OPENS WAREHOUSE IN ROTTERDAM

RSC Bio Solutions opened a warehouse facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, an expansion which will serve the marine needs in the European Union (EU).

HYPACK HOSTS 2015 TRAINING EVENT

HYPACK HOSTS 2015 TRAINING EVENT

Many attended the HYPACK® 2015 Training Event in San Antonio, Texas on January 6-8. With more than 250 attendees, 25 exhibitors and 6,000 remote viewers, Hypack said the unavailing of its new version of Hypack 2015 was a great success.

KIASMA SRL IMPROVES PIPELINE

KIASMA SRL IMPROVES PIPELINE

The research and development department of Kiasma Srl has improved on its KFC system, for controlling the turbulent motion inside of a pipeline that causes random abrasion. The system ensures the flow in the pipeline is sufficient enough to propel sediment through the circumference of the tube, ensuring uniform abrasion and longer use of the pipeline.

CONTRACTS - January/February 2015

PORT NOLA NAMES NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Brandy D. Christian has been named the new chief operating officer of the Port of New Orleans by president and CEO Gary LaGrange, succeeding Patrick J. Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port. Christian comes to the Port after 14 years with the Port of San Diego, serving for the past five years as vice president, strategy and business development.

PORTS OF SEATTLE AND TACOMA SIGN ALLIANCE AGREEMENT

An interlocal agreement (ILA) submitted by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma in October to form a Seaport Alliance took effect in December 2014.

PORT AUTHORITY OF HOUSTON CONTINUES CHANNEL DREDGING

Dredging of the federal portion of the Barbours Cut Channel is almost complete, and dredging in Bayport Channel began in November.

COLLEGE REPORTS ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR PORT OF VIRGINIA

The College of William & Mary performed an economic study to measure the economic impact the Port of Virginia had on the state in fiscal year 2013. The college’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business released the study on December 29.

PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY AND LOUISIANA PORT SIGN COOPERATION AGREEMENT

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana in early January. The agreement aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Due to their beam dimensions, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway, which will be remedied with the expanded Panama Canal.

FUNDING AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR LAKE WORTH INLET DREDGING

On December 31 the port and the Florida Department of Transportation joined the Corps of Engineers to deal with shoaling in the Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach County, Florida, with an emergency dredging project. The Port of Palm Beach had been under draft restrictions since September 2014.

MAYOR APPOINTS NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES

In January, the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR SAVANNAH HARBOR PROJECT

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) signed the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) in October to launch construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion (SHEP).

CONSERVATION AGREEMENT REACHED OVER CHARLESTON HARBOR PROJECT

CONSERVATION AGREEMENT REACHED OVER CHARLESTON HARBOR PROJECT

In January, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), Lowcountry Open Land Trust (LOLT), Coastal Conservation League (CCL) and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) announced a milestone agreement for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening Project. It includes a significant port contribution to land conservation along the Cooper River Corridor. The collaboration will ensure timely progress on the harbor deepening and conservation of the Cooper River Corridor.

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA - January/February 2015

DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA - January/February 2015

Nicaraguan Canal Project Still Draws Skepticism

Nicaraguan Canal Project Still Draws Skepticism

Despite outcry from environmentalists and locals, skeptical tones from market analysts, and a dearth of details from project leaders, the Interoceanic Grand Canal officially broke ground in December.

Galveston District to Update Navigation Channel Data Online

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has finished uploading deep-draft navigation channel data on its hydrographic surveys webpage. This year, the district will begin posting the same data for shallow-draft channels its maintains along the Texas coast. The data can be found at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.

PIANC Dredging 2015 Conference to Tour Savannah Harbor

PIANC will host Dredging 2015 in Savannah, Georgia, from October 19 to 22. The tour will take place Thursday, Oct. 22 to Savannah Harbor, including the Corps of Engineers disposal area “12A” improvement project.

IADC Releases Dredging in Figures 2013

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) released its review of the global dredging market for 2013 – Dredging in Figures.

Corps Surveys Texas Coast with LiDAR Technology

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District began implementing mobile Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) survey data technology along the Texas coast in November. The software will survey dredging placement areas, assist with hydrographic surveys and collect data that will help analyze beach erosion.

Spanish Yard to Build Van Oord Two Hopper Dredges

Van Oord ordered two 17,000-cubic-meter trailing suction hopper dredges from Spanish Construcciones Navales del Norte S.L., LaNaval. The company will build the dredges at its yard in Billbao, Spain. Both vessels will be delivered in 2017.

CRA and Orion Held ‘Dredging Your Docks’ in November

KEEPING THE DOCKS WORKING Chris Ransome & Associates (CRA, Inc.) and Orion Marine Group sponsored their Dredging Your Docks seminar on November 5, 2014. The purpose of the annual seminar is to raise awareness for maintenance dredging in ports, harbors and waterways such as the Houston Ship Channel. With more marine construction underway and new docks coming online in Texas, there are many challenges that the private industry of the region is now facing, such as the availability of upland placement and the economic disposal of dredged material. On November 5th, around 180 marine terminal operators, civil engineers, shipping agents, port authorities and federal officials gathered at Brady’s Landing Restaurant to learn more about these obstacles as well as other popular dredging topics such as permitting, hazardous waste management, vessel groundings, dredging costs, beneficial use and sediment testing.

Damen Delivers Dredge and Tug to Nigeria

Damen Delivers Dredge and Tug to Nigeria

Damen delivered Pasam, a type STU2208 tug, and Daserah, a CSD500 cutter suction dredge to a Nigerian customer, for river maintenance near the Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The port lies along the Bonny River in the Niger Delta.

Sen. Paul Sarbanes Led the Poplar Island Authorization in 1996

Sen. Paul Sarbanes Led the Poplar Island Authorization in 1996

Poplar Island, a dredged material placement site and ecosystem restoration in Chesapeake Bay, was renamed The Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island in the 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, honoring the individual who led the effort to get the project authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 1996.

Watermaster Dredge Works to Clean Colombian River

Watermaster Dredge Works to Clean Colombian River

A Watermaster amphibious multipurpose dredge from Aquamec, Ltd. worked in the Magdalena River in Barranquilla, Colombia, to clean a water inlet to the river that serves the local water supplies.

NWC Legislative Summit Planned for March

National Waterways Conference 2015 Legislative Summit will take place March 16 – 18 in Washington, D.C. at the Lowes Madison Hotel.

Illumagear Personal Lighting System Wins Awards

Illumagear Personal Lighting System Wins Awards

The Illumagear LED Halo Light, a safety and task light that slides onto a hard hat, received eight product awards in 2014. The 360-degree circle of lights illuminates the entire work area, as opposed to concentrating light on one spot, as an ordinary headlamp would do. In dredging and other construction applications, the light allows workers to see and be seen in low-light areas - inside tanks, engine rooms and other confined areas that are not provided with other light sources, and outdoors in darkness or dim light.

North Atlantic Division Restores Hurricane Sandy Damaged Beaches

On December 21, with the completion of a project in Westhampton, New York, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division finished its last 25 emergency beach repair projects authorized after Hurricane Sandy.

IRPT Hosts 2015 Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana

The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) will host the IRPT Annual Conference at Sam’s Town Resort in Shreveport, Louisiana, from April 27 to April 30.

Puerto Rico Seeking U.S. Funds for Emergency Dredging

Puerto Rico Seeking U.S. Funds for Emergency Dredging

The governor of Puerto Rico has asked the U.S. federal government to spend $600 million to dredge San Juan’s polluted Martín Peña Channel.

Damen Refits Dredge Monitoring System for UK Dredging

Damen Refits Dredge Monitoring System for UK Dredging

Damen Dredge Equipment refit UK Dredging’s UKD Bluefin with a dredging monitoring system for trailing pipe and loading process monitoring. The project made use of the existing sensors on-board.

Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting Featured Coastal Restoration Talks; New Officers Elected

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Gulf Coast Chapter meeting, held on November 19 and 20, featured talks on the restoration of the Louisiana coastline, which gave the attendees a good idea of some of the individual projects and initiatives being used in that gargantuan effort.

Poplar Island Reaching Capacity; Expansion Authorized by WRRDA 2014

Poplar Island Reaching Capacity; Expansion Authorized by WRRDA 2014

Poplar Island, approximately 15 miles south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is an environmental restoration project and placement site for maintenance material from the Chesapeake Bay navigation channels in Maryland. Its official name is the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project.

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

Since the President signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) on June 10, 2014, the landmark and long-awaited legislation has reverberated through waterways from coast to coast, igniting many port projects, and streamlining the process for studying, authorizing and completing projects.

VOSTA TESTS HOSE COUPLING

VOSTA TESTS HOSE COUPLING

PARTRAC TECHNOLOGY FEATURED IN UNIVERSITY PROJECT

DAMEN DREDGE PUMP RANGE EXPANDED

DAMEN DREDGE PUMP RANGE EXPANDED

A NAMAR Completes Jacksonville Sediment Sampling

A NAMAR Completes Jacksonville Sediment Sampling

ANAMAR completed the sediment and water sampling of the St. Johns River, Florida, in early December. The work was in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project to deepen and widen the federal navigation channel.

Coral Relocation Completed for Miami Harbor Deepening; Project in the Final Stretch

Coral Relocation Completed for Miami Harbor Deepening; Project in the Final Stretch

In November, as part of a major deepening and widening project at the Port of Miami, the port, along with the Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) relocated coral colonies from the project area. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is working to deepen the harbor channel from 42 feet to 50, and the project area encompasses the diverse Biscayne Bay, requiring extensive environmental monitoring and mitigation.

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