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IADC’s Annual Review of the Global Dredging Market Available Online

IADC’s Annual Review of the Global Dredging Market Available Online

Dredging in Figures (DiF) is an annual review of the global dredging market compiled by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC). The 2015 report was published digitally on the website of the association in December 2016 and is available free of charge.

Dutch Flood Protection Program to Begin Reinforcing Houtribdijk, Critical Dike Across the IJsselmeer

Dutch Flood Protection Program to Begin Reinforcing Houtribdijk, Critical Dike Across the IJsselmeer

Western Dredging Association Eastern  Chapter Fort Lauderdale Meeting

Western Dredging Association Eastern Chapter Fort Lauderdale Meeting

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Meets in Galveston for Annual Conference

The Western Dredge Association (WEDA) Gulf Coast Chapter held its annual meeting November 14 to 16 at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas. In addition to presentations related to the dredging industry at large, attendees heard presentations by representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston, New Orleans and Mobile Districts regarding planned dredge schedules for 2017.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eastern Region Dredging Conference Meets in Fort Lauderdale

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eastern Region Dredging Conference Meets in Fort Lauderdale

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eastern Region Dredging Conference was held on October 26, 2016, following on the heels of the WEDA Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting the day before. Both events were held the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The location was an ideal spot to view the work that the Corps of Engineers and its contractors are performing on the East Coast of Florida. In two days, two impressive sides of the dredging and maritime industries were pro-filed. While the WEDA meeting introduced a series of speakers from the private sector, on the second day, the Corps gave insights into its rigorous work and the intensive cooperation and communication with the private U.S. dredging industry.

Tribal Protests in North Dakota Spur Further Talks on DAPL Pipeline Route

Tribal Protests in North Dakota Spur Further Talks on DAPL Pipeline Route

An oil pipeline crossing permit is at the center of a dispute in North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe (SRST) is protesting the transit of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a high volume, high pressure crude oil pipeline, under Lake Oahe in the Missouri River. The lake is the primary source of drinking water for the 11,000-member tribe.

Two Environmental Scientists Receive Inaugural IHS DPC Innovations Awards in Dredging

Two Environmental Scientists Receive Inaugural IHS DPC Innovations Awards in Dredging

At a gala dinner on November 10, 2016, in London’s Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, in England, the first IHS DPC Innovations Awards were presented to a variety of people and companies for outstanding contributions to the dredging and maritime construction industries. According to the organizers, more than one hundred entries were received from across a wide swath of the industry. Often unnoticed, and certainly underestimated, the dredging community took time out on this evening to honor some of its own. Among the recipients were two members of the World Dredging Association (WODA), one from the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), the other from the Central Dredging Association (CEDA), both known for their work with environment and dredging.

CDMCS Elects New Co-Chairman

CDMCS Elects New Co-Chairman

The Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (CDMCS) announced that Devon Carlock has been elected co-chairman of the organization. As an active member, Car-lock worked with council members and Corps leadership in efforts to address industry safety concerns including new regulations. In his position as co-chair, he will address initiatives including a hand safety campaign, arc flash safety awareness, interactive video webinars, redesigned website and increased partnering sessions with industry safety leaders and Corps leadership. He joins Albert Wong, Corps senior program manager for Construction & Operations Safety, at the helm of CDMCS.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Set for March 7 to 11 in Las Vegas

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Set for March 7 to 11 in Las Vegas

CONEXPO/CONAGG, co-located with IFPE, will take place on March 7 through 11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hall Pacific Rebuilds Borrow Pits Left from WWII; Aid Project Wins Award

Hall Pacific Rebuilds Borrow Pits Left from WWII; Aid Project Wins Award

Hall Pacific won an award for the 2016 Innovate Awards of Excellence, held in New Zealand in September. The dredging and civil construction company, wholly owned by Hall Contracting of Australia, worked in conjunction with New Zealand’s Calibre Consulting on an aid project in Tuvalu, a small island country, located approximately halfway between Australia and Hawaii.

European Dredging Association Annual General Meet-ing and Conference Focuses on Global CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

European Dredging Association Annual General Meet-ing and Conference Focuses on Global CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

The 2016 Conference and Annual General Meeting of the European Dredging Association (EuDA) was held at the Stanhope Hotel Brussels, Belgium on November 15. According to Paris Sansoglou, EuDA’s Secretary General, “Our conferences try to bring timely topics to the attention of our members. The theme of this year’s Conference ‘Global CO2 Emissions: New Business Opportunities for the European Dredgers?’ is clearly something on the minds of those in the maritime industries.”

Day Two and Three: WEDA Pacific Chapter Coverage

Day Two and Three: WEDA Pacific Chapter Coverage

Mo Chang, president of Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Pacific chapter, and chief, Corps Navigation for the Los Angeles District, opened the Thursday morning session of WEDA Pacific chapter conference on October 20 after coffee and a continental breakfast in the lobby. Chang thanked participants for attending, and introduced Marshall Merrifield, Port of San Diego chairman of the board of port commissioners, who spoke about the creation of the Port of San Diego and future planned development enhancements. The Port Com-mission manages the state lands of California within its jurisdiction and serves primarily as a landlord regulating and renting to private developers and operators. Merrifield explained how the Shelter Island and Harbor Island areas of San Diego Bay were created from the initial dredging of the harbor channel and other Port areas, and the importance of ongoing navigation and shoreline maintenance in the Bay.

Day One: WEDA Pacific Chapter Conference Focused  on State of the Industry and Fiscal 2017 Projects

Day One: WEDA Pacific Chapter Conference Focused on State of the Industry and Fiscal 2017 Projects

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Pacific Chapter 2016 Conference welcomed a packed house of industry project managers, port and harbor staff, regulators, contractors and environmental consultants in San Diego. The three-day conference ran from October 19 to 21 and about 114 industry professionals attended.

KELLER Delivers  Gearboxes for  Chinese Dredge

KELLER Delivers Gearboxes for Chinese Dredge

Powertrain technology depends on the reliability and robustness of their individual components. These include the gearbox and gear wheels, and IDR talked with specialist trans-mission manufacturer, C.u. W Keller GmbH & Co. KG (KELLER) about meeting customer demands for larger and stronger dredges with its custom designed gearboxes. The company also recently delivered gearboxes for a large dredge in China.

Panama Canal Authority to Dredge 1,350-meter Berths at Controversial Port of Corozal

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) should spend $70 million US to dredge a large part of the proposed Port of Corozal, whose 20-year concession should be granted this year, when the winner for the public tender is announced.

Beverly Fedorko-Ott Retires from NYSA, Opens Consulting Company

Beverly Fedorko-Ott Retires from NYSA, Opens Consulting Company

Beverly Fedorko-Ott is hanging out her shingle after retiring from the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) on October 1, culminating a 25-year career in port and transportation-related organization and management.

Osterchrist is New President of Ellicott; Other Changes Announced

Registration Open for WEDA Midwest Chapter Meeting

Registration is open for the 2017 Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Midwest Chapter meeting at the Embassy Suites in Omaha, Nebraska from March 8 to 10. All conference attendees should register online. Visit www.westrendredging.org for more information.

Jan de Nul Advances Dredging at Argentina’s Port of Quequén

In November 2015, Jan de Nul ended the fourth phase of a maintenance dredging contract it sealed in December 2014 with one of Argentina’s largest ports, the Port of Quequén.

Sevenson Completes Gowanus Canal Pilot Project

Sevenson Completes Gowanus Canal Pilot Project

WEDA Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting, Day One,  Covers Broad Terrain with Diverse Speakers

WEDA Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting, Day One, Covers Broad Terrain with Diverse Speakers

URUGUAY TO BUILD US$61 MILLION DREDGE

URUGUAY TO BUILD US$61 MILLION DREDGE

ILLEGAL DREDGES DESTROYED IN COLOMBIA

MAINTENANCE DREDGING COMPLETED AT KILOMETER 11 OF PORT OF BARRANQUILLA

ECUADORIAN MINISTRY AWARDS GUAYAQUIL CITY 25-YEAR DREDGING CONTRACT

DREDGING ADVANCES IN CHILE’S VALDIVIA CITY RIVERS

BRAZIL INKS DEAL TO DREDGE MADEIRA RIVER

BRAZIL’S PORT OF PECÉM TO ADD THREE NEW BERTHS

PORT OF BARRANQUILLA’S ACCESS CHANNEL REACHES 10 METERS

BOSKALIS WINS EUR 120 MILLION DREDGING CONTRACT IN BRAZIL

BOSKALIS WINS EUR 120 MILLION DREDGING CONTRACT IN BRAZIL

NICARAGUA BUILDING ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS TO BOOST TOURISM

IADC PRESENTS WEBINAR ON ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES

IADC PRESENTS WEBINAR ON ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES

A webinar on “Ecosystem Services” was presented free of charge on November 16 by Dr. Annelies Boerema of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, under the auspices of the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC). This is one of several webinars organized by the IADC over the last few years. For those who missed the live presentation, the Ecosystem Services webinar (and the others as well) can be seen online.

CEDA CONDUCTING YEAR-LONG WEBINAR SERIES

The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) has been conducting a year-long series of webinars on Dredging Equipment and Technology. The webinars focus on the Cutter Suction Dredge and the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge. All six in the series have been presented by two internationally renowned authorities on the subject, Dr. Cees van Rhee and Dr. Sape Miedema, both of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

DUTCH DREDGING WINS TEN-YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT IN NEW ZEALAND

DUTCH DREDGING WINS TEN-YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT IN NEW ZEALAND

Five ports in New Zealand have signed a ten-year contract with Baggerbedrijf de Boer-Dutch Dredging of Sliedrecht, the Nether-lands. The contract was signed in early November 2016, and will provide maintenance work for the New Zealand port authorities of Napier, Taranaki, Timaru, Lyttelton and Tauranga. The cooperation among these competing ports for maintenance dredging is a sound decision with economic advantages for all of them, as there is not enough maintenance dredging for each port individually to have a dredge on a full-time basis. This joint contract helps to spread the costs and allows a dredge to be permanently stationed in New Zealand for the length of the contract. Dutch Dredging will deploy its trailing suction hopper dredge Albatros for the task.

EXPANSION AT PORT OF TEMA, GHANA BEGINS

Work on Ghana’s Tema Port Expansion Project officially started in early October 2016, according to the Ghana Ports & Harbors Authority (GPHA). This capital development project is being executed by the Meridian Port Services (MPS), which is a consortium of three main institutions, Bolore Africa Logistics, APM Terminal and GPHA. The contract for the construction of the Tema Port Expansion Project was awarded to the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) and AECOM professional services (Ghana). The $1.5 billion construction works are being financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The funding for the first phase of the project includes $195 million from IFC’s own account and $472 million from three commercial banks – Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Standard Bank – as well as the Dutch development bank FMO. MPS shareholders are providing the balance of the funds.

DAMEN REOPENS DDE OFFICES IN NIKERK

DAMEN REOPENS DDE OFFICES IN NIKERK

On November 9, 2016, Kommer Damen, chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group, officially reopened the offices of Damen Dredging Equipment (DDE) in Nikerk.

AQUAMEC LAUNCHES NEW WATERMASTER DREDGE, CLASSIC V

AQUAMEC LAUNCHES NEW WATERMASTER DREDGE, CLASSIC V

In November 2016, Aquamec launched a new Watermaster Classic V dredge, with 50 percent more suction dredge capacity, com-pared to the Classic IV model.

2D LAUNCHES PNP ESTIMATING SOFTWARE

2D LAUNCHES PNP ESTIMATING SOFTWARE

In November 2016, in2Dredging (i2D) launches its new software program, Pumps ‘n Pipeline (PnP) v1.1. The company said PnP is the first commercial pumps and pipeline estimating tool for the dredging and mining industry.

DAMEN LAUNCHES NEW HOPPER DREDGE LINE FOR AGGREGATES

DAMEN LAUNCHES NEW HOPPER DREDGE LINE FOR AGGREGATES

Damen Shipyards Group announced a new line of trailing suction hopper dredges – Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 4000 and 5600 vessels. The dredge line was introduced in response to market research that showed the aggregate industry is facing rising demand and an aging fleet.

DSC DELIVERS TWO DREDGES TO NIGERIA

DSC DELIVERS TWO DREDGES TO NIGERIA

Two local contractors in the Delta State, Nigeria, recently took delivery of 10-inch Wolverine class dredges from DSC Dredge.

OSIL SUPPLIES BUOY PLATFORMS TO JAN DE NUL

OSIL SUPPLIES BUOY PLATFORMS TO JAN DE NUL

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) supplied eight buoy platforms to Jan de Nul Group, platforms for environmental monitoring on dredging and renewables projects. The 1.2-meter (3.9-foot) buoy incorporates a variety of sensors with specialized seabed frames from different manufacturers, including AML Oceanographic, Campbell Scientific and Nortek.

ROYAL IHC LAUNCHES DEME’S FIRST LNG DREDGE

ROYAL IHC LAUNCHES DEME’S FIRST LNG DREDGE

In December, Royal IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdik, The Netherlands, held a launch ceremony for DEME’s 3,500 cubic meter (4,578 cubic yards) LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredge Minerva. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

January/February 2017 - Contracts

Editorial - President Signs WIIN Act, Including WRDA 2016 Provisions and More

Editorial - President Signs WIIN Act, Including WRDA 2016 Provisions and More

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, were both outspoken and confident that a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for 2016 would become reality this Congressional session, and on December 16, President Obama signed the bill.

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