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ACP Marks Opening of Expanded Panama Canal

ACP Marks Opening of Expanded Panama Canal

On Sunday, June 26, the new Panama Canal was inaugurated, with the passage of the 984-foot Chinese Neopanamax container ship from COSCO Shipping Panama through the Agua Clara locks at Colón. Colón is a city and sea port on the Caribbean Sea, near the Atlantic entrance to the Canal and the locks are named for the province of Agua Clara. The Chinese vessel had departed from the Greek port of Piraeus on June 11, and two weeks later was greeted with fireworks and cheers from a crowd that had gathered to witness this historic event. This marked the official opening of the expanded Panama Canal which represents a US$5.25 billion investment.

Kruse Integration Teams with RG Group to Add Hydraulic System Design and Installation

Kruse Integration Teams with RG Group to Add Hydraulic System Design and Installation

On June 8, Jay Wise and business partner Mike Sassano signed a strategic alliance with the RG Group of York, Pennsylvania, to pro-vide custom hydraulic systems in conjunction with Kruse Integrations automation and control systems.

WODCON Concludes with Paper Awards, Harbor Cruise

WODCON Concludes with Paper Awards, Harbor Cruise

Marcel Hermans, new president and chairman of the board of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), took the podium for the closing session of the World Dredging Conference (WODCON) May 17, when the best paper awards were presented and door prizes given.

WEDA Environmental Commission Presents Sustainability in the Dredging Industry

WEDA Environmental Commission Presents Sustainability in the Dredging Industry

“What is Sustainability? What does it mean in dredging projects?” Those were the questions that Craig Vogt, chair of the WEDA Environ-mental Commission, posed to launch the panel on sustainability that took place, June 17, the last day of the WODCON XXI conference, hosted by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) in Miami, Florida. Moderator Frederic Roose, project coordinator at the Government of Flanders, and member of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) introduced the panel members. They included Donald Hayes, chair and professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; René Kolman, secretary general, International Association of Dredging Companies; Martha Robbart, the Southeast Florida regional manager for Dial Cordy and Associates; and Todd S. Bridges, senior research scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Survey Boat Demonstration Adds to Educational Opportunities at WODCON

Survey Boat Demonstration Adds to Educational Opportunities at WODCON

Lou Nash brought the Measutronics 24-foot demonstration vessel A Nickel More to Miami to demonstrate integrated hydro-graphic survey systems at WODCN XXI in June. Moored in the Miami River just outside the back doors of the conference hotel, the boat was in action every day of the conference, taking attendees for short cruises.

J.F. Brennan, Wallace McGeorge Crew Receive Safety Awards

J.F. Brennan, Wallace McGeorge Crew Receive Safety Awards

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) presented its 2016 Annual Safety Awards to J.F. Brennan & Company and Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company at the WODCON Awards Banquet on June 16. The awards were given to a dredging project and to a dredging contractor

U.K. Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme Wins WODCON Coastal Resilence Environmental Award

U.K. Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme Wins WODCON Coastal Resilence Environmental Award

Medmerry Managed Realignment is the largest open-coast scheme in Europe, the first in the United Kingdom, and one of the most sustainable projects the United Kingdom Environment Agency has ever delivered. Located on the south coast of England in Sussex, it was known to be one the most flood-prone and vulnerable parts of the southern coastline. The threat of flooding has long caused concern because of the risk to nearby towns as well as to the natural wetland and intertidal habitat.

WEDA Shares Environmental Statement by the World Organization of Dredging Associations at WODCON

A the 21st World Dredging Congress and Exposition, WODCON XXI, from June 13 to 17, Western Dredging Association (WEDA) President Ram Mohan read the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) statement on climate change. Craig Vogt, WEDA Environ-mental Commission Chair said the statement is a recognition of the role that the dredging industry has in addressing climate change and sea level rise.

Boeing’s Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway Receives Environmental Dredging Award

Boeing’s Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway Receives Environmental Dredging Award

Boeing recently completed a multi-faceted environmental restoration of a one-mile portion of the Duwamish Waterway, removing contaminated sediments and creating acres of new aquatic habitat critical for endangered salmon migration as well as new vegetated marsh and riparian areas. The birthplace of the Boeing Company and the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that was critical to national defense during World War II has been transformed by innovative remediation dredging methods (RDMs) developed for the project. These RDMs demonstrate that contaminated sediment can be removed efficiently without adverse release of chemicals to the water. The Duwamish Waterway area has gone from a camouflaged bomber plant that helped win World War II to an invaluable natural habitat. The project addressed more than a century of impacts from industrialization along the waterway and throughout the entire watershed.

Dredge Hurley Works Along the Mississippi River

Dredge Hurley Works Along the Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Hurley performed maintenance work outside of New Madrid port in New Madrid, Missouri. Prior to that the Memphis District dredge was working at the Olmstead Lock and Dam project, clearing sediment from the winter months at the project site, which it has done for the last several years. The dustpan Dredge Hurley works up and down the Mississippi River, along with the Corps’ Dredge Potter, to remove shoals and keep navigation open.

MCM MARINE DREDGES LUDINGTON HARBOR

MCM Marine executed its contract with the Corps of Engineers to dredge Ludington Harbor on Lake Michigan’s east coast. The work began June 10 and lasted about 20 days. The contract called for an area of Lake Michigan west of the harbor’s north and south breakwaters to be dredged to a depth of 34 feet.

J.F. BRENNAN DREDGES IOWA’S LAKE MANAWA

J.F. Brennan has been dredging the waters of Iowa’s Lake Manawa since April.

POTTER DREDGES NEAR ALTON, ILLINOIS

The Corps of Engineers’ dredge Potter, named after Brig. Gen. Charles Lewis Potter, was doing maintenance dredging of the channel at Mile 203 of the Upper Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois, at the end of June.

BUFFALO DISTRICT DREDGES ROCHESTER HARBOR

The Corps of Engineers Buffalo District began dredging at Rochester Harbor in New York on May 17 and continued through mid-June.

CORPS REPLENISHES LONG ISLAND BEACHES

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company’s trailing suction hopper dredge Liberty Island was working off Long Beach Island in New Jersey in July. The 315-foot-long dredge is executing part of a $142 beach replenishment project for the Corps of Engineers. Work began last May and, after a winter hiatus, continued in April of this year.

JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT AWARDS CONTRACT TO SOUTHWIND

The Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced July 2 that it has awarded a maintenance dredging contract for $1,655,872.00 to Southwind Construction Corporation of Evansville, Indiana, to dredge the Gordon River in Naples, Florida.

PORT OF PALM BEACH REMOVES LAKE INLET NAVIGATION PROJECT FROM MASTER PLAN

In May, Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners voted to exclude funding for a proposed Corps Lake Worth Inlet navigation project, as part of the port’s master plan update.

EPA RELEASES PORTLAND HARBOR SUPER-FUND SITE PROPOSED PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

On June, the Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The public may submit comments on the plan through September 6.

JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT ADDRESSES CRITICS OF PORT MIAMI AND PORT EVERGLADES DEEPENING PROJECTS

In response to local criticism of the Port Miami deepening project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District released a statement at the end of May, addressing what it saw as inaccuracies in local reporting and outlining the environmental protection plan and and coral relocation program for the Port Miami project.

SHIP SIMULATION COMPLETED FOR POST 45 PROJECT

SHIP SIMULATION COMPLETED FOR POST 45 PROJECT

At the Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (EDRC), in Vicksburg, Mississippi, an exact computer replica of the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project is conducting a ship simulation to determine which areas of the channel should be widened and which areas can be maintained. Holly Carpenter, Corps project manager, said the work is being done along with the Charleston Harbor pilots, local tug captains and docking pilots, and could provide cost savings or decreased construction times, if parts of the widening planning in the feasibility study are deemed not needed.

EAST COAST PORTS WELCOME POST-PANAMAX VESSELS AS EXPAND-ED CANAL OPENS

A number of ports on the East Coast welcomed the largest container ships ever at its docks, following the opening of the newly expanded Panama Canal in June.

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Editorial - House T&I Committee Approves Its WRDA 2016 Bill, H.R. 5303

Editorial - House T&I Committee Approves Its WRDA 2016 Bill, H.R. 5303

On May 25, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee unanimously approved H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. On April 28, the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced and approved its version of WRDA 2016, S. 2848 (detailed in the last editorial). Before a final WRDA 2016, both bills must pass the House and Senate and a separate combined bill goes before the full Congress. It’s a long road, but support is widespread for WRDA legislation from both Republicans and Democrats, and both committee bill introductions were met with a lot of praise.

Tecnoimport in Cuba Orders Hopper Dredge from Royal IHC

Tecnoimport in Cuba Orders Hopper Dredge from Royal IHC

Royal IHC, headquartered in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, has signed a contract with a Cuban company for a state-of-the-art dredge. The Easydredge® 3,700 trailing suction hopper dredge was ordered by Tecnoimport and Empresa Constructora de Obras Marítimas of Havana, Cuba. The contract was signed in early June in the presence of Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands and Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, vice president of the Council of Ministers and Executive Committee of Cuba. The signers were area sales director at Royal IHC Hans Hesen and Jose Tomas Romero Villar, managing director of Tecnoimport.

WEDA Hosts Large Crowd for WODCON XXI in Miami

WEDA Hosts Large Crowd for WODCON XXI in Miami

More than 600 people attended the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) 21st World Dredging Congress and Exposition, WODCON XXI, at the Hyatt Regency Miami from June 13 to 17. WEDA members were joined by sister associations the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) and the Eastern Dredging Association (EADA), which together form the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA). WODCON is held once every three years.

Outstanding Dredging Professionals Honored at WODCON Gala Dinner; Venue for 2019 Conference Announced

Outstanding Dredging Professionals Honored at WODCON Gala Dinner; Venue for 2019 Conference Announced

Dr. Michael Palermo was named the 2016 Dredger of the Year by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) board of directors, and Dr. Robert Randall received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award presentations were made at the Gala Banquet on June 16, during the World Dredging Conference (WODCON) in Miami.

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