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July-August 2012

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Orion Wins $10 million Bulkhead Project

Work crews reach million-hour safety milestone at Wolf Creek Dam

William Steckel is New GLDD CFO

Appeals Court Gives Delaware Dredging Go-Ahead

A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania rejected appeals by New Jersey and ruled on July 3 that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers can proceed to deepen a 102-mile stretch of the Delaware River from the mouth of the bay to Camden, N.J. In a 67-page ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals refused New Jerseys demand for new studies to protect the environment. The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it would review its options in the rulings wake. Christie and his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) oppose the Corps plans to deepen the Delaware River channel from 40 to 45 feet.

Yellow Bar Hassock Restoration a Beneficial Use Project

The New York District, Corps of Engineers has completed restoration of Yellow Bar Hassock,part of a marsh island complex within the 26-square mile Jamaica Bay Park and Wildlife Refuge that was the countrys first national urban park and one of the Gateway National Recreation Areas.

Weeks Christens 18,000 Horsepower Cutter Dredge McCaskill

Weeks Marine (WMI) christened the 18,000 horsepower, $41 million ocean-going hydraulic cutter suction dredge C.R. McCaskill, on July 16, 2012, at the companys Houma, Louisiana, marine yard.

Bowe Attends Ex-Im Bank Act Signing

Peter Bowe, president of Ellicott, was one of a handful of American exporters invited to witness President Barack Obama sign the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 2073) on May 30. The bill renews the charter of the Export-Import Bank for three years, and increases the banks lending cap to $140 billion from the current $100 billion.

Dredge Arthur J Sinks in Lake Huron

The 110-foot-long dredge Arthur J and the 38-foot-long tugboat Madison, both belonging to MCM Marine, sank in rough weather in 22 feet of water in Lake Huron in the early morning of July 19. The U.S. Coast Guard said it was coordinating the response to the two sunken vessels. The sinkings occurred about two nautical miles from the Michigan shoreline.

South Carolina Votes to Fully Fund Charleston Dredging

On June 29, the South Carolina legislature underscored its commitment to the Charleston Harbor dredging by voting an extraordinary fund of $300 million, adding to a previously-set-aside $180 million, to fully fund the Charleston dredging after its approval by the U.S. Congress.

CEDA Dredging Days to be in Abu Dhabi

CEDA Dredging Days 2012 will be held at the Beach Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on December 12 and 13. The location takes advantage of many ongoing dredging projects supporting the extensive coastal infrastructure developments in the region, as well as the development of the offshore oil and gas industry.

Contract Awards, February 16, 2012 through July 16, 2012

Siemens Introduces Multi-Parameter Flowmeter

Siemens Industry Automation Division has introduced the Sitrans FC430 Coriolis flow meter. This new Coriolis flow sensor measures mass flow, volume flow, density and temperature simultaneously.

Leonard Green Acquires Tank Holding Corp.

Tank Holding Corporation, (THC), which includes polyethylene tank manufacturers Snyder Industries and Norwesco, has been acquired by Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (LGP) and the executive management team.

Port of Los Angeles Container Volumes Increase 5.5 Percent in July

Mike Hooks Gets Texas City Channel Job

GLDD Building 15,000 cy Hopper Dredge

Hydro Society Issues Call for Papers

Guyana Officials Seeking Solution for River Maintenance Problems

Guyana's Demerara River channel leading to the country's major port is having maintenance dredging problems, because its aging hopper dredge Steve N is unable to dredge the hardened material. Gaico Construction Inc. is stepping in by purchasing dredging equipment to use for maintenance dredging on Guyana's rivers.

National Dredging Meeting Addresses Pipeline Location, Corps Planning Issues

The Dredging Contractors of America presented graphic and chilling evidence of the danger dredgers are in from un-located and mis-located pipelines; General Walsh outlined the new fast-track plan for planning and finishing projects; and Gary Loew received the 2012 William R. Murden Lifetime Public Service Achievement Award.

Latin America Dredging Roundup By Katie Worth

A roundup of maintenance dredging information for the following Latin American ports: Port of Santos, Brazil; Puerto Buenos Aires, Argentina; Puerto Callao, Peru; Baha Blanca, Argentina; Puerto Valparaiso, Chile; Puerto Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio Grande, Brazil; Sa Luis, Brazil; Panama Canal

Weir Minerals Introduces Improved Knife Gate Valve

Weir Minerals of Madison, Wisconsin has introduced the Isogate WS Series knife gate valves and valve sleeves.The sleeves incorporate Linatex wear resistant lining, which is used in abrasive and corrosive environments.

GIW MDX Pump Increases Production in Chilean Copper Mine

Pump designer and manufacturer GIW Industries has announced that its installation of MDX (Mill Duty Extra Heavy) pump technology at a major Chilean copper mine has resulted in a dramatic reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) for those pump applications amounting to millions of dollars in savings for the customer.

Neptune Introduces Non-Slip Pipe Floats

Neptune Flotation has released its line of cable, hose, and pipe floats with Clamp Tite, a patent pending closing system that prevents the floats from slipping on the pipe.

Corps To Shore Up Delta With Mississippi Mud

The Corps of Engineers is proposing to use up to 10 million cubic yards of Mississippi River mud from upriver every two years to shore up the mouth of the Mississippi River delta on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, instead of depositing it in traditional areas reserved for dredged material, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on June 19. In a plan released in May, the Corps said it wanted to use mud from routine dredging operations along the river to build up the Plaquemines-Balize delta, also called the Birds Foot delta, in West Bay at the western edge of rivers mouth as it extends into the Gulf of Mexico. It was given that name because its alluvial spread looks like a birds foot from the air. It is sinking about an inch a year.

Italian Aggregate Producer Using Metso Thomas WD Pump

Italian dredge builder Metalmeccanica Strobietto has installed a Metso Thomas TU46WD underwater dredge pump on the aggregate dredge Nessie.

Richmond Introduces Bill Authorizing 50-foot Mississippi River Channel

On July 10, Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisianas 2nd District introduced the DREDGE Act of 2012 - Dredging for Restoration and Economic Development for Global Exports. The bill would authorize deepening the present 47-foot Mississippi River channel to 50 feet, and create a pilot project to promote the rebuilding of wetlands using maintenance material from the river.

July-August 2012

IRPT Concerned About Lock Reduced Hours

Documents Available for Kishon River, Israel Project

Hydrographic Society to Meet in New Orleans, March 2013

Port of Los Angeles Container Volumes Increase 8.75 Percent in June; First Half of 2012 Overall Volumes Up 6.45 Percent

L.A. District Issues Public Notice for Newport Bay Dredging

APWA Commends MAP-21 Signing

President to Sign Transportation Bill Today

CORRECTION: President to Sign Transportation Bill Today

CEDA Dredging Days Planned for Abu Dhabi

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