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January-February 2016

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BOSCH REXROTH INTRODUCES GOPAK

BOSCH REXROTH INTRODUCES GOPAK

Bosch Rexroth GoPak™ hydraulic power unites (HPU) bridge the gap between standard and customized products for machine tool, plastics, automotive, material handling, presses, marine, metallurgy and other hydraulic applications. Rexroth’s GoDesigner™ smart configurator software tool expedites the selection of pumps, motors, valves and other peripherals so customers can get quotes in a day, with lead times as short as four to six weeks (three weeks when configured with designated Rexroth ‟GoTo” products).

KIASMA OFFERS SOLAR POWER SYSTEM

KIASMA OFFERS SOLAR POWER SYSTEM

Using photovoltaic energy, Kiasma Srl has created a solar power application for HDPE pipes for the discharge lines on dredging projects. The photovoltaic panels are flexible, lightweight and highly efficient. They are resistant to impact damge and mechanical stress and weathering. The panels are ISO9001 certified for quality, ISO 18001 for safety and ISOL 14000 for the environment. The connectors and cables are designed to work in seawater conditions and in the presence of waves.

EMSTEC REDESIGNS WEBSITE

EMSTEC redesigned its website with a new look (www.emstec. net). The company said the new site also have improved functionality, design and navigation.

DRAGFLOW LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

ANVIL ATTACHMENTS INTRODUCES LEVEL CUT BUCKET

ANVIL ATTACHMENTS INTRODUCES LEVEL CUT BUCKET

CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNOUNCE SUCCESS AT MIAMI HARBOR

CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNOUNCE SUCCESS AT MIAMI HARBOR

CHARLESTON HARBOR PROJECT SIGNS PED AGREEMENT; RECEIVES 2016 FUNDING

On December 18, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District signed the Preconstruction Engineering and Design (PED) Agreement, which marked the official beginning of the project’s PED phase, the final step before construction. Activities in the PED phase will include ship simulation studies, refinement of the cost estimates, coastal monitoring and analysis of beneficial use of dredged material. Some PED work is already underway, with funds appropriated in July 2015, and should be mostly complete by the end of next year, the port said.

PORT OF GULFPORT EXPANSION PROJECT AWAITS APPROVALS AFTER DEIS

In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District held a public hearing for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA)/Port of Gulfport Expansion Project.

MANSON BEGINS WORK ON MILE POINT ALONG ST. JOHNS RIVER

ASSISTANT SECRETARY DARCY VISITS CHARLESTON HARBOR, ANNOUNCES NEXT STEP IN DEEPENING PROJECT

ASSISTANT SECRETARY DARCY VISITS CHARLESTON HARBOR, ANNOUNCES NEXT STEP IN DEEPENING PROJECT

The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works visited the Charleston District in October. Her visit included a trip to Charleston Harbor, where she announced that her review of the Chief’s Report for the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project was completed and it has been passed onto the Office of Management and Budget. After that step, it goes to Congress to be considered for authorization and appropriations.

Port of Morgan City Seeks Dredging Solution to Rapidly Silting Channel

Port of Morgan City Seeks Dredging Solution to Rapidly Silting Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District has released a request for proposals for the maintenance of Atchafalaya River Bar Channel leading from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Morgan City.

Alaska District Puts Deep-Draft Study On Hold

Alaska District Puts Deep-Draft Study On Hold

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District announced a 12-month pause in the feasibility study for the Alaska Deep-Draft Arctic Port System, in order to revalidate the potential economic benefits and justification for the project.

CK Power Discusses Tier 4 Standards for Dredges

CK Power Discusses Tier 4 Standards for Dredges

In 2015, final Tier 4 standards for regulating diesel engine emission standards went into effect. The standards affect all diesel engine applications, including dredges, and Tier 4 requirements should be fully implemented as of the end of 2015 for most applications.

ASCE Presents 2015 Innovation Award to Poplar Island Project

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chose the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island in Maryland, as the winner of the 2015 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award.

In-Stream Sediment Collector under Evaluation by Streamside Technology and COE

In-Stream Sediment Collector under Evaluation by Streamside Technology and COE

Damen Delivers Second Cutter Suction Dredge to Van Oord

Damen Delivers Second Cutter Suction Dredge to Van Oord

On November 16, Damen Dredging Equipment held a naming ceremony in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, for the second of Van Oord’s Model 650 cutter suction dredges, the Mangystau. The naming ceremony was performed by Ms J.P.T.M. Verwijs, wife of the chairman of Van Oord’s Works Council.

North Atlantic Division Makes Significant Progress on Sandy Repairs

Three years after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the 25th and final flood control and coastal emergency project in October 2015.

Project in Denmark Excavates a Basement Garage by Dredging

Project in Denmark Excavates a Basement Garage by Dredging

Faced with having to build a parking garage below the water table, a contractor in Copenhagen, Denmark, turned to watering and dredging as a cost-effective alternative to dewatering and excavating.

Dredging Roundup / NORTH AMERICA Jan/Feb 2016

Dredging Roundup / NORTH AMERICA Jan/Feb 2016

Houston Explains Effects of EPA Regulation Mandating Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Dredges

Houston Explains Effects of EPA Regulation Mandating Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Dredges

Matt Houston, market manager for marine construction for RSC Bio Solutions, discussed the 2013 vessel general permit and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants at PIANC’s Dredging 2015. His presentation was entitled “New EPA Regulations for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and their Effect on the Dredging Industry.”

IADC Releases 50th Anniversary Book Beyond Sand & Sea

IADC Releases 50th Anniversary Book Beyond Sand & Sea

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has released “Beyond Sand & Sea,” a book describing in text and highquality photos the achievements of its members in the 50-year history of the organization. Photos and accounts of 50 “iconic projects” fill the 204 pages of the 9.5- by 9.5-inch high quality, full-color volume. The focus is on the accomplishments of IADC members decade by decade, starting in 1965, the year IADC was formed with 38 members from 12 countries. That number has swelled to 100 affiliated members “with regional offices and joint ventures … on every inhabited continent and in every ocean and sea,” IADC President Peter de Ridder writes in the foreword.

Agencies Will Announce NDGPS Decision in Federal Register Notice

The three agencies responsible for the fate of the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) will post their decision in the Federal Register as soon as it is signed by all representatives, Capt. Scott Smith, Coast Guard Chief of Navigation Systems told IDR on January 18. Representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been analyzing comments received in response to their August 18, 2015 announcement that they intended to shut the system down.

EPA Declares End to Hudson River Dredging, Maybe

EPA Declares End to Hudson River Dredging, Maybe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reopened the door to further dredging in the Hudson River, at least a little bit.

Contracts - January/February 2016

Editorial - Congress Passes Another Omnibus Spending Bill for 2016

Editorial - Congress Passes Another Omnibus Spending Bill for 2016

At the end of the year, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, H.R. 2029, halting a government shutdown at the end of the year, but this time with less public fanfare. Or perhaps the fear of a government shutdown and the sweeping legislation that follows has become old news already for the mainstream media.

PANOLIN OFFERS NEW STERN TUBE LUBRICATING OPTIONS

To complement its Stella Maris environmentally acceptable stern tube lubricant, Panolin introduced Stella Maris NRT for older vessels. The company’s stern tube lubricant is based on its 100 percent saturated synthetic ester technology, which it says has proven to be the most robust and technically advanced lubrication option. In the design of the lubricant, Panolin said it considered lubrication needs, water ingress, contamination/cleanliness, heat and equipment compatibility. Panolin’s NRT is more compatible with older seals or more traditional seal materials, Jared Mikacich, sales and marketing manager at Panolin, said. Fluid compatability with seals will prevent them from swelling, shrinking or drying out. In most applications, when using Stella Maris, the seals should be replaced with newer bio-seals.

JEA SELECTS ARC SURVEYING & MAPPING FOR HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS

Arc Surveying & Mapping, Inc. has been selected by the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) to perform hydrographic surveys at several JEA facilities along the St. Johns River in Florida.

TIDELAND ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF IMT

In November, Tideland Signal Corporation announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IMT B.V. Group of Companies.

Barnegat Bay Dredging and Philadelphia District Establish Marsh Restoration Projects Along NJIWW

Barnegat Bay Dredging and Philadelphia District Establish Marsh Restoration Projects Along NJIWW

From October 1 to November 15, Barnegat Bay Dredging Co., Inc. dredged sediment from the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJIWW) near Mordecai Island in Beach Haven, New Jersey. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District project placed the sediment into a breach on the island, removing a shoal and navigation hazard from the waterway and rebuilding the island where it had eroded.

Great Lakes Remediation Group Completes Key Wildlife Restoration on Harsens Island

Great Lakes Remediation Group Completes Key Wildlife Restoration on Harsens Island

Great Lakes Sediment Remediation, LLC (GLSR) has completed the Krispin Drain Habitat Restoration, moving the State of Michigan one step closer to eliminating a major environmental area of concern (AOC).

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Hosts Annual Meeting in New Orleans

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Hosts Annual Meeting in New Orleans

The Western Dredging Association’s Gulf Coast Chapter (WEDA) held its annual meeting November 19 at the Marriot AC Hotel in downtown New Orleans. The one-day seminar, which attracted about 130 registrants, featured speakers that included U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials, coastal restoration leaders, a port director and even a Louisiana gubernatorial candidate.

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