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Editorial : July-August-2013

Editorial : July-August-2013

CONTRACTS

A summary of dredging contracts awarded in the United States from April 19,, 2013 to July 19, 2013.

EVENTS

DREDGING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST

News items from our archives in 1978, 1983, 1993, and 2003.

Dredging Roundup - Latin America

News items from Latin America of interest to the dredging community.

Dredging Roundup - North America

News items from North America of interest to the dredging community.

Corps Releases Spending Plan

In June, the Corps of Engineers released its work spending plans, through the end of FY13 for five appropriation accounts in the Army Civil Works program.

River Surveys To Improve Shallow Water Navigation

River Surveys To Improve Shallow Water Navigation

Vars Brno a.s. in the Czech Republic and the state enterprise Povodi Labe surveyed the River Elbe for data to help vessel skippers with navigation planning and vessel-loading decisions, based on actual depths.

Work Starts on Port of Liverpool

Over the next two years, a number of dredging campaigns will remove more than a million cubic meters of material to create a new deepwater channel at the Port of Liverpool, England, operated by Peel Ports. The channel will create a deep berthing pocket to secure access to the developing container terminal project, Liverpool2.

ASCE Supports the Additional Infrastructure Funding

In support of the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the following statement:

Boskalis Contracted for Dutch Channel

Boskalis Contracted for Dutch Channel

The Vallei en Veuwe district water board awarded Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. a contract for constructing the Veessen-Wapenveld high-water channel in the province of Gelderlands, the Netherlands. The high-water channel will be between 500 and 1,500 meters (about 1,640 and 4,920 feet) wide and will be formed by building two dikes of around eight kilometers (about 4.97 miles) long between the villages of Veessen and Wapenveld.

Industry Moves to Establish MFD Classifications

Industry Moves to Establish MFD Classifications

Multi-function dredges (MFDs) have been around for nearly two decades – small, versatile machines performing multiple dredging operations. The basic concept has evolved to include dredges that can cut or grab and pump or carry silt, vegetation or floating debris.

Mexico City Purchases Dredge for Flood Control

Mexico City Purchases Dredge for Flood Control

The city of Villahermosa in Tabasco, Mexico added a W&S Wolverine dredge from DSC Dredge, LLC to its flood-prevention arsenal. In 2007, the city experienced a devastating flood. Since then, the federal and state governments, with the assistance of private industry, launched a program designed to help prevent future flooding in and around Villahermosa.

Luedtke at Work on Saginaw Emergency Job

Luedtke at Work on Saginaw Emergency Job

Luedtke Engineering Company began work on the emergency Saginaw River, Michigan dredging project on July 1, the day Notice to Proceed was issued. Dredging is in the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw, and upstream of the Liberty Bridge in Bay City.

Savannah Harbor Deepening Project Clears Court Hurdle

On May 29, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel accepted the settlement agreement between all parties involved in the mediation over the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) in an order that dismissed the federal litigation pending against the proposed deepening of the harbor channel.

WEDA Hosts Annual Meeting in Hawaii

The 33rd Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and the 44th Texas A&M annual dredging conference will take place August 25 to 28, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Corps of Engineers Works to Restore Coastline to Post-Sandy Condition and Better

Corps of Engineers Works to Restore Coastline to Post-Sandy Condition and Better

Hurricane Sandy slammed the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions on Oct. 29, 2012. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 was signed into law three months later on Jan. 29, giving the Corps of Engineers $5.35 billion for rebuilding. In March, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, told Congress that the legislation provides funds to address damages caused by Hurricane Sandy and to reduce future flood risk and economic costs by supporting the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and its communities.

President Appoints New Commission Officers

Brigadier General Margaret W. Burcham, commander of the Army Corps Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, was officially appointed as a member of the Mississippi River Commission by President Barack Obama on May 29. The President also appointed Brigadier Gen. Funkhouser, Northwestern Division, as a member on June 25.

WHO’S WHO

WHO’S WHO

Genesis Water Rob Krause joined Genesis Water, of Denver, Colorado, a water technology company specializing in dewatering, as CEO. The company said it expects ambitious growth after its appearance at the WODCON XX World Dredging Congress in June.

Susanna II starts Dutch project

Susanna II starts Dutch project

Damen Dredging Equipment delivered the second stationary dredge, Susanna II, to Verboon Maasland in June. The first dredge, Susanna, was built by Damen 32 years ago. The new dismountable dredge is similar to the first one, with updated dredging equipment, including a 250-mm (9.85-inch) discharge pipeline, an 18-meter (about 59-foot) long swing ladder with a 28-meter (about 92-foot) swing.

Damen Delivers Dredge for New Nigerian Waterway

Damen Delivers Dredge for New Nigerian Waterway

In April, Damen Dredging Equipment delivered a CSD250 dredge to an industrial park owner in Nigeria. Ossiomo Investments plans to first construct a pond, then a canal, which will become a major access route to the park. Damen said creating the waterway has also helped boost the local economy.

AGG1 2013 Provided a Wealth of Dredging Knowledge

AGG1 2013 Provided a Wealth of Dredging Knowledge

The co-located 2013 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo were held March 19-21, 2013 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Nicaragua Takes Steps Toward Long-Time Canal Project; Experts Say Feasible but Unlikely

Nicaragua Takes Steps Toward Long-Time Canal Project; Experts Say Feasible but Unlikely

The government of Nicaragua has fasttracked a canal project that, if it goes forward, could be the largest dredging project in history.

Artificial Islands Take Shape in Panama

Artificial Islands Take Shape in Panama

Think luxury homes built on artificial islands and what probably leaps to mind is Dubai, not Central America.

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