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July-August 2015

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Agencies Seek to Eliminate DGPS Beacon System

Agencies Seek to Eliminate DGPS Beacon System

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted a notice on August 18 in the Federal Register, describing their intention to deactivate most of the Nationwide Global Positioning System (NDGPS) on January 15, 2016.

MORE DISTRICTS ACQUIRE HYDROLITE-TM SURVEY SYSTEMS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has acquired five HydroLite-TM hydrographic survey systems. Each integrated hydrographic system was equipped with the SonarMite echo sounder and features a portable, integrated hydrographic survey solution that quickly measures and logs depths and is adaptable to any vessel.

CODA RELEASES NEW CONTROL SOFTWARE

Coda Octopus has announced a new release for MOTION, the latest control application for all three products in the MOTION range: the F180, F180R and F175 series. The motion control application provides setup, management, monitoring and replay.

STR CERTIFIED AS ISO 9001:2008

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology company specializing in the design, production and rental of marine survey equipment for the subsea construction, geophysical, ROV inspection and environmental sectors, has announced it is certified as an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standard compliant organization.

FURUNO LAUNCHES IMO ECHO SOUNDER

FURUNO LAUNCHES IMO ECHO SOUNDER

Furuno has introduced a brand-new IMO echo sounder. The FE800 offers an 8.4-inch color LCD display with built-in dual-frequency capability. It also features a new system design that provides immediate retrofit capability of older Furuno units, as well as easy installation on new build vessels.

HYPACK FINISHES DIVER6.DLL TESTING

HYPACK FINISHES DIVER6.DLL TESTING

HYPACK finished testing the Diver6.DLL using a simulator and reading the network datagrams in HYPACK®. Apply the vessel position and heading information in the datagram to determine the diver location in 3D.

PORTUGAL SURVEY COMPANY TESTS KONGSBERG ECHO SOUNDER

The Kongsberg Maritime’s GeoSwath Plus shallow water multibeam echo sounder was released to selected trial customers earlier this year and has already been put through its paces on the river Douro in Northern Portugal by survey company, Lagoa do Ruivo Survey (LRS).

TIDELAND DEBUTS NEW AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Tideland Signal Corporation’s new aids to navigation include SB-1800, the newest to the polyethylene buoy product line, and the SolaMax range of 3 to 7NM -contained lanterns.

CARIS INTRODUCES SONAR CORRECTION ALGORITHM

CARIS™ has introduced a new sound velocity correction algorithm to HIPS and SIPS™ that significantly improves results for many mid and deepwater sonars and benefits some shallow water multi-sector systems as well.

CHARLESTON HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT RECEIVES CIVIL WORKS APPROVAL AND STUDY FUNDING

CHARLESTON HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT RECEIVES CIVIL WORKS APPROVAL AND STUDY FUNDING

On June 25, the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project went before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board and received approval of the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement.

MANSON AWARDED PORT OF L.A. CONTRACT

Manson Construction Co. won a $44.6 million contract from the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners to upgrade berths and backlands. The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals, LLC.

PORT OF LONG BEACH APPROVES BUDGET AND PREPARES FOR DREDGING BID

On June 2, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an $829 million budget for the Harbor Department’s FY 2016. The budget includes more than a half a billion dollars for capital improvements at the port, with $555 million designated for capital investments, namely the port’s major terminal redevelopment and bridge replacement projects.

CORPS COMMITS FUNDING TO PORT EVERGLADES PROJECT

CORPS COMMITS FUNDING TO PORT EVERGLADES PROJECT

On July 7, local elected official gathered at Port Everglades in Broward Country, Florida to announce a $1.2 million funding measure from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to proceed with the pre-construction, engineering and design (PED) phase.

Damen Delivers Dredge to Indonesia

Dredging Roundup / LATIN AMERICA Jul/Aug 2015

NWC 2015 Focuses on Arkansas

The National Waterways Conference 2015 annual meeting will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas from September 16 to 18.

Port of Brownsville Looks to Fund Deepening Project Ahead of Federal Action

The Port of Brownsville is mulling an initiative with tenants in the port to help fund a $251 million dredging project on the Brazos Island Harbor Channel that will allow the port to handle deeper draft vessels, ahead of federal authorization.

Dredging Roundup / NORTH AMERICA Jul/Aug 2015

Riverside Marine Refurbishes Dredge for Australian Market

Riverside Marine Refurbishes Dredge for Australian Market

Brisbane-based Riverside Marine purchased an IHC-built 2,000-cubic-meter dredge, as it looks to expand in the Australian dredging market. The dredge will arrive in October, after it undergoes modifications in Singapore. Riverside Marine General Manager Angus Campbell said the company was targeting harbor and port maintenance contracts around Australia.

Van Oord Wins Dubai Contract

Van Oord will continue work on the Deira​ Island, in Dubai. Van Oord constructed the islands between 2005 and 2008, and now will work building a 23.5-km (14.6-mile) coastline and breakwaters.

Boskalis Awarded U.K. Contract

The Defence Infrastructure Organization of the Ministry of Defence awarded Boskalis a EUR 35 million ($38.5 USD) contract to dredge the approach channel to the port of Portsmouth in the U.K. The work will deepen and widen the seven-kilometer long approach channel, removing three million cubic meters of hard clay, sand and gravel, over eight months. Boskalis will use medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredges and backhoe dredges.

Buffalo District’s New Survey Vessel Honors Buxbaum

Buffalo District’s New Survey Vessel Honors Buxbaum

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District named the latest addition to its hightech hydrographic survey fleet after retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Buxbaum, U.S. Army Retired.

GAO Denies GLDD Bid Protest

On June 8, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock over the cancellation of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract for beach renourishment in Cape May County, New Jersey, on which Great Lakes was low bidder.

Caño Martin Peña Closer to Cleaning up the Waterway

Caño Martin Peña Closer to Cleaning up the Waterway

The environmental and health disaster that is the Caño Martin Peña is slowly marching toward resolution.

WEDA Hosts Annual Safety Commission

WEDA Hosts Annual Safety Commission

At the WesternDredging Association (WEDA) Dredging Summit & Expo, the Safety Commission, led by Julie Hile of Hile Group, hosted its panel on Wednesday, June 24. Other panel members joining the group included Marc Sterns from Manson Construction Co., and a representative from the Corps of Engineers and Terra Contracting Services.

Brennan Honored by Wisconsin Engineers for Broadcast Capping System

Brennan Honored by Wisconsin Engineers for Broadcast Capping System

Dredging and environmental contractor J.F. Brennan Co., Inc. was one of 12 companies who received Certificates of Merit from the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers at its Wisconsin Governor’s New Products Awards (GNPA) ceremony on May 27. Brennan was honored for its Broadcast Capping System (BCS™), which places subaqueous caps and sand covers over contaminated bottom areas.

Registration Opens for Dredging 2015

Registration is open for Dredging 2015 conference, Moving and Managing Sediments, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Georgia, from October 19 to 22.

Gator Dredging Wins Another Cape Coral Contract

Gator Dredging Wins Another Cape Coral Contract

The City of Cape Coral, Florida, has again contracted with Gator Dredging to survey some of the city’s canals and create a management plan for dredging.

Port of Grays Harbor Project Moves into High Gear

Port of Grays Harbor Project Moves into High Gear

Since signing a Project Partnership Agreement on May 26, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners have moved quickly to deepen the Washington State harbor’s navigation channel to -38 feet MLLW.

Panama Canal Authority Focuses Resources on Gamboa, as Canal Nears Completion

Panama Canal Authority Focuses Resources on Gamboa, as Canal Nears Completion

After finishing its work on the Panama Canal expansion, the dredging division of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took no time to rest. It immediately began another ambitious project: widening the navigation channel near Gamboa.

Registration Open for WEDA Eastern Chapter

Registration is open for the 2015 Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Eastern Chapter annual meeting, to be held at Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia, from October 27 to 29.

WEDA Honors Innovative Practices for Environmental Excellence Awards

WEDA Honors Innovative Practices for Environmental Excellence Awards

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) chose its annual Environmental Excellence Awards for Navigation and Environmental Dredging, led by Committee Chair Craig Vogt. The committee presents two awards in each category for the winner and runner up.

Corps Dredge McFarland Responds to Shoaling at Southwest Pass

From the end of March through the end of May, The Dredge McFarland, based out of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, completed 62 days of urgent dredging at the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River 90 miles south of New Orleans.

Sea-Axe Developed for Precise Sediment Removal in Shallow and Deep Water

Sea-Axe Developed for Precise Sediment Removal in Shallow and Deep Water

Alex Whyte has drawn on three decades of experience to design a controlled flow excavator (CFE) that can be precisely controlled in water from a meter and a half (4.9 feet) to 500 meters (1,640 feet) deep. JBS Subsea of Peterhead, Scotland teamed with Whyte to manufacture and market the new Sea-Axe, which had its commissioning in May.

TerraCure Chosen for Oil Site Remediation in Louisiana

TerraCure Chosen for Oil Site Remediation in Louisiana

Michael Behan’s Harbor Resource Management Corporation (HRMC) is about to embark on a commercial demonstration of its TerraCure™ process on a contract in Louisiana to remediate approximately 500 cubic yards of soil contaminated by oil drilling in the early 20th century. The technology was developed for treating contaminated dredged material.

WEDA Annual Conference in Houston Brings Together Industry, the Galveston Engineer District and the Port

WEDA Annual Conference in Houston Brings Together Industry, the Galveston Engineer District and the Port

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) hosted the Dredging Summit & Expo 2015 in Houston, Texas, from June 22 to 25. About 300 attendees gathered for presentations and awards, and they spent time in the sold-out exhibit hall.

Contracts - July/August 2015

Editorial

Editorial

In early May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging the PCBcontaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. This is a historic project for EPA and one of the largest and most complex in Superfund history. The cleanup is being conducted by General Electric Company (GE), with EPA overseeing the project. GE says it has invested more than $1 billion on the cleanup since 2009.

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