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U.S. Steel to Acquire Stelco

Worth Hager Dies at Age 51

Worth Hager Dies at Age 51

Sarah Dilworth "Worth" Hager Gatti, 51, died in her sleep on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. She had been president of the National Waterways Conference since March 6, 2003, and from 1995 to 2000 was vice president of public affairs for the organization. She resigned as executive director on May 30, and had not announced her plans, though she was continuing her efforts to pass the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

Worth Hager Dies at Age 51

Sarah Dilworth Worth Hager Gatti, 51, died in her sleep on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. She had been president of the National Waterways Conference since March 6, 2003, and from 1995 to 2000 was vice president of public affairs for the organization. She resigned as executive director on May 30, and had not announced her plans, though she was continuing her efforts to pass the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

Bush Will Veto WRDA 2007

On Wednesday, August 1, the Bush administration sent a letter to James Oberstar Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure stating that President Bush intends to veto the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, which has been passed by both the House and the Senate and is now in conference.

WRDA 2007 Still in Conference

The 2007 Water Resources Development Act, H.R. 1495, after being passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate this spring, was in conference as of the middle of July, 2007. The House had not appointed its conferees as of that time, while the Senate appointed the following conferees on May 17: Barbara Boxer, chair, (D-Calif.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Joseph Lieberman (ID, Conn.), Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Hillary Clinton (D-New York), Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Warner (R, Va.), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and David Vitter (R-La.)

Thoughts on the World Dredging Conference

Victor Buhr is 2007 Dredger of the Year

Victor Buhr was named the 2007 Dredger of the Year at the World Dredging Conference in Orlando. Presented at the gala dinner on May 31, the award plaque stated that Buhr was being honored for his vision, dedication, leadership and outstanding ability to develop innovative hydraulic dredging solutions that have proven to be of great benefit to dredging industry contractors and clients.

Ellicott Introduces Dredge for Coastal Work

Ellicott Dredges has introduced a new model of dredges designed for coastal applications. The Coastal Dragon features increased freeboard to allow work in rough water. A wider hull increases flotation, and tilting spuds create a low center of gravity for safe towing. The low vertical clearance provided by the tilting spud feature also allows the dredge to enter harbors where bridges or other structures limit clearance, giving the operator a broad choice of harbors during emergency conditions.

International Trade Important, Woodley Tells WODCON Attendees

On Tuesday evening, May 29, John Paul Woodley, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, addressed the WODCON attendees prior to a special dinner. He stressed the importance of international trade in maintaining the stability of the nation, stating that though the citizens of the United States know many of the goods they buy are from overseas, most dont know how they got here.

Barnes Receives 2007 Murden Award

Barnes Receives 2007 Murden Award

Jerry Barnes received the William R. Murden Lifetime Public Service Achievement Award for 2007.

DMC Building Five Dredges for Iraq

DMC Building Five Dredges for Iraq

Dredge & Marine Corporation (DMC) has been awarded a contract to supply five dismountable cutter suction dredges for a customer in Iraq. The machines, scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2007, are being built at the DMC factory in Millersville, Tennessee.

International Trade Important, Woodley Tells WODCON Attendees

. On Tuesday evening, May 29, 2007 John Paul Woodley, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, addressed the WODCON attendees stressing the importance of international trade in maintaining the stability of the nation.

NSSGA Dredging Forum Addressed Vital Topics As Producers Gathered in Omaha

NSSGA Dredging Forum Addressed Vital Topics As Producers Gathered in Omaha

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) dredging forum on June 3 through 5 drew 150 enthusiastic aggregate producers and suppliers. The event underlined the importance of dredging in the aggregate industry.

LTG Van Antwerp Is New Chief of Engineers

. Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp became the 52nd Chief of Engineers and commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 18, 2007.

China to Deepen Xiazhimen Channel

The China government is investing 500 million yuan to deepen the Xiazhimen channel to 22.5 meters below mean low water.

Delaware River Deepening Will Proceed With Port Expansion

On May 20, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell described the benefits of an agreement that will allow dredging of the main channel of the Delaware River to proceed under the direction of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA).

WODCON XVIII: The 18th WORLD DREDGING CONFERENCE, May 27 through June 1, Orlando, Florida

WODCON XVIII: The 18th WORLD DREDGING CONFERENCE, May 27 through June 1, Orlando, Florida

Nearly 500 members of the international dredging community gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 18th World Dredging Congress.

Victor Buhr is 2007 Dredger of the Year

Victor Buhr is 2007 Dredger of the Year

. Victor Buhr was named the 2007 Dredger of the Year at the World Dredging Conference in Orlando.

Thoughts on WODCON and seeing old friends Chuck Hummer and Steve and Liz Bowes

Thoughts on WODCON and seeing old friends Chuck Hummer and Steve and Liz Bowes

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Hemisphere GPS Is Official Company Name

CSI Wireless Inc. (TSX:HEM) officially changed its name to Hemisphere GPS Inc.

Events July-August 2007

Montgomery Point Dam Designer Receives Engineering Award

Montgomery Point Dam Designer Receives Engineering Award

On May 22, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented its Grand Conceptor award to environmental engineering, construction and consulting group MWH at the organizations 40th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition in Chicago.

Rules of the Road Panel Presents Thoughts on Dredging and Environmental Issues

Rules of the Road Panel Presents Thoughts on Dredging and Environmental Issues

In a special WODCON environmental session, eight people from different facets of the dredging industry gave their personal views on effective approaches to environmental issues associated with planning and conducting successful dredging projects. The session took place on Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

VOSTA LMG to Build Hopper Dredge for Dutch Dredging in Vietnam

VOSTA LMG, has received a contract for a complete engineering and component package for a trailing suction hopper dredge for Dutch Dredging BV (Baggerbedrijf De Boer b.v.) in the Netherlands.

CEDA Announces Dredging Days Schedule

. The Central Dredging Association has released the preliminary agenda of CEDA Dredging Days, scheduled for November 6 and 7 at the Ahoy Rotterdam Conference Center.

Contract Awards May 7 through July 11

House Approves Increased Great Lakes Navigation Funding

Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) announced on July 17 that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved increased funding in the FY2008 energy and water appropriations bill to help maintain commercial navigation on the Great Lakes.

Coastal Disasters Conference Set for April

The Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of ASCE is sponsoring the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference 2008, to be held at the Turtle Bay Resort, in Oahu, Hawaii, April 13 through 16, 2008.

Worth Hager Resigns From NWC

On May 31, 2007 Worth Hager resigned as president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC).

WRDA 2007 Still in Conference

The 2007 Water Resources Development Act, H.R. 1495, after being passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate this spring, was in conference as of the middle of July, 2007.

Ellicott Introduces Dredge for Coastal Work

. Ellicott Dredges has introduced a new model of dredges designed for coastal applications.

Steve Lane Manages Start-up Of New Cambodian Dredging Company

Steve Lane Manages Start-up Of New Cambodian Dredging Company

Steve Lane is managing director of HSC, a new dredging company in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Dredging Contract Awards May 7 through July 11, 2007

Korevaar Announces 650 Million In Orders

At a special reception at the World Dredging conference in Orlando, Arie Korevaar of IHC Holland Merwede announced substantial orders received by his company.

Backhoe Cornelius Dredging at Balboa

Royal Boskalis Westminster nv is conducting a contract for the extension of the container port of Balboa, Panama, at the Pacific mouth of the Panama Canal. The work, which began in May, will take approximately 15 months, and is worth 50 million.

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