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June 2014

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IMS Dredges Receives U.S. Presidential Award for Exports

IMS Dredges Receives U.S. Presidential Award for Exports

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA - June 2014

DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA -June 2014

Ellicott Joins Commerce Secretary on African Trade Mission

Ellicott Joins Commerce Secretary on African Trade Mission

Representatives from Ellicott Dredges, LLC were among 20 U.S. manufacturers who accompanied U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a trade mission to Ghana and Nigeria from May 18 to 23. Peter Bowe, president, and Paul Quinn, vp sales of Ellicott, participated in the mission, which focused on Africa’s energy sector.

Cleveland-Europe Freight Service Opens

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced the launch of the Express Ocean Freight Service. The new service will run between the Port of Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and is the first regularly scheduled international cargo shipping service to a U.S. port on the Great Lakes in decades.

Eileen Maher Hired As New WEDA Executive Director

Eileen Maher Hired As New WEDA Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) has announced that they have hired Eileen Maher as its new executive director. She will replace Lawrence Patella, who has served as the organization’s executive director since 1992.

Shipping Industry Testifies Over EPA Fuel Rule

In March, Congressional leaders heard from shipping industry representative Rod Jones, president of the CSL Group, and Bill Terry, CEO of Eagle Rock Aggregates, about a new shipping fuel requirement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), set to take effect in 2015.

WEDA Members Meet in Toronto

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) will host the Dredging Summit & Expo 2014, from June 15 to 18 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Veit Gets Outstanding Performance With DSC Moray Class Dredges

Veit Gets Outstanding Performance With DSC Moray Class Dredges

Veit & Company, Inc., a specialty contracting and waste-management company based in Rogers, Minnesota, started a dredging group in 2012 through the acquisition of Adventure Divers, Inc. (ADI Marine).

IRPT Joins IMX in St. Louis

IRPT Joins IMX in St. Louis

At the WRRDA session, Robert Schuster, Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, gave an overview of the funding issues facing the Corps of Engineers in recent years and the challenges with the 2014 WRRDA legislation.

BBA Pumps Introduces Diesel Pump Package

BBA Pumps Introduces Diesel Pump Package

BBA Pumps has introduced a line of diesel driven bolt-on pump packages, featuring BA or BA-C pumps with a diesel engine and control panel, mounted to a galvanized sub-frame.

Liverpool2 Port Announces Crane Agreement

Liverpool2 Port Announces Crane Agreement

Peel Ports Group has awarded a multi-million pound contract to Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) to supply mega-container cranes for its new Liverpool2 development.

BAM to Build Sierra Leone Oil Terminal

BAM to Build Sierra Leone Oil Terminal

BAM International and its South African joint-venture partner Stefanutti Stocks have been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal of Freetown in Sierra Leone. It will take the joint venture approximately one year to design and complete the project for PetroJetty, Ltd.

Versi-Dredge with DREDGEPACK Selected for Israeli Project

Versi-Dredge with DREDGEPACK Selected for Israeli Project

The Israeli Environmental Protection Minister launched an IMS Versi-Dredge with the DREDGEPACK real-time dredge monitoring system from HYPACK, Inc.

HYPACK Announces New Water Column Logger

HYPACK Announces New Water Column Logger

HYPACK, Inc. has developed the HYSWEEP Water Column logger to collect and log the enormous amounts of water column data provided by multibeam sonars.

Port of Longview Purchases Liebherr Crane

Port of Longview Purchases Liebherr Crane

The Port of Longview in Washington installed its second mobile harbor crane, a 2010 Liebherr LHM500. It will be used for break bulk cargos and project cargos, such as heavy-lift engines and transformers.

Rexroth Offers New Drive Systems

Rexroth Offers New Drive Systems

Bosch Rexroth introduced its IndraDrive CL/ML, a scaled product range of drive solutions from 110 kW to four MW. Rexroth said these drives can improve efficiency, especially through power regeneration.

Tideland Appoints Canadian Distributor

Tideland Appoints Canadian Distributor

Tideland Signal Corporation has appointed DSS Marine Incorporated (DSS) as the master distributor for the Canadian market. DSS will distribute, support sales and provide service for Tideland products to all Canadian customers through four locations across the country.

Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Delivers to China

Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Delivers to China

GeoChirp 3D to the First Institute of Oceangraphy (FIO) in Qingdao, China, to provide three-dimensional acoustical images of shallow sub-seabed structures and buried objects.

NAUTIS Delivers Simulator to Nigerian Academy

NAUTIS Delivers Simulator to Nigerian Academy

NMDC Trains on RESON systems

NMDC Trains on RESON systems

The National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) in the United Arab Emirates extended its cutter dredge simulator to include training on the RESON PDS2000.

IHC Merwede Commissions Company History

IHC Merwede Commissions Company History

IHC Merwede has commissioned a new book, 70 years IHC Merwede. The first copy of the publication was presented to the mayor of Rotterdam, Admed Aboutaleb.

RSC Lubricant Accepted for VGP

HYPACK Field Tests Dynascan

HYPACK Field Tests Dynascan

Teledyne RESON Debuts Training Academy

Teledyne RESON has established a new training course – the Teledyne Reson Academy, to be held at multiple locations.

PIANC Releases Environmental Assessment Guideline Report

PIANC Releases Environmental Assessment Guideline Report

PIANC has released a report from EnviCom Working Group 143 that provides guidance when conducting an initial assessment of the environmental effects of navigation and infrastructure projects.

Engine and Generator Maintenance Increases Dredge Efficiency

Dredge maintenance―and in particular, marine engine, marine auxiliary engine and marine generator set maintenance―is crucial to ensuring a long life in the water and long-term company viability.

CEDA Plans 2015 Conference

The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) will host the CEDA Dredging Days conference, November 5 – 6, 2015, at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands, in conjunction with Europort 2015.

Earthquake Brings Damaging Tsunami to Northern Chile

Earthquake Brings Damaging Tsunami to Northern Chile

An 8.2 earthquake shook everyone in Northern Chile off their couches on April 1, and a large tsunami that followed shortly thereafter sent coastal residents running to the hills.

IMS Dredge Starts Maintenance in Guatemala

IMS Dredge Starts Maintenance in Guatemala

Two years ago HidroXacbal, the division in charge of the Xacbal Dam in Guatemala, approached IMS Dredges to remove sedimentation from the dam, and in 2013, the client’s IMS Depth Master dredge began dredging at the dam, which produces energy in Guatemala City.

Great Lakes Joins Safety Week Celebration

Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Co. (GLDD) joined national and global construction companies in celebrating Safety Week from May 4 to May 10. Through its involvement in the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum, which joined the Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group, GLDD joined the event to collectively raise awareness of safety issues on the jobsite and beyond.

Maritime Administration Hosts Second Strategy Symposium

Maritime Administration Hosts Second Strategy Symposium

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) held its Second Maritime Strategy Symposium on May 6, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The first one was held in January, and both brought stakeholders together to discuss challenges and solutions to maritime issues. From the work at the symposiums, MARAD will work to develop a long-term national maritime strategy.

Dredges Provide Base for Building Roads through the Nigerian Jungle

Dredges Provide Base for Building Roads through the Nigerian Jungle

Ten years ago, John Davids Dredging of Nigeria purchased a dredge from Ellicott to pump sand for road base, a pattern that expanded as African contractors purchased more and more dredges from manufacturers around the world.

Damen Delivers Cutter Suction Dredge to Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Damen Delivers Cutter Suction Dredge to Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Damen has delivered a CSD500 cutter suction dredge to the harbors of Port Harcourt in Nigeria for maintenance dredging. (See map on page 12.) The dredge was assembled on the beach and pushed and tugged into the sea over a wooden ramp.

Patella Stepping Down After 34 Years Serving WEDA

Patella Stepping Down After 34 Years Serving WEDA

In June, Commander (Ret.) Lawrence M. Patella will step down as executive director of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), exactly 22 years after he became executive director and 34 years after taking his first committee position with WEDA.

CONTRACTS - June 2014

EDITORIAL - June 2014

EDITORIAL - June 2014

After making a blind start in the dredging industry without much knowledge about its intricacies, I was immediately struck over and over at the beginning by how much our economy depends on dredging and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep the waterways open and goods flowing, not to mention flood protection, recreation and national security. And I’m sure I’m still missing some there.

Lake Panorama Association Gets Improved Dredge

Lake Panorama Association Gets Improved Dredge

Ocean Expands Business to Central America and the Caribbean

Ocean Expands Business to Central America and the Caribbean

A Canadian company has broken into the international dredging market in recent months with a series of contracts it believes will pave the way for bigger ones.

Congress Passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014

On May 15, the conference report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014), was filed. The House approved the measure 412 to 4 on May 20, and the Senate approved it 91 to 7 on May 22, ending in success a five-year effort to allocate for waterways maintenance all funds collected through the Harbor Maintenance Tax, which was enacted by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.

CodaOctopus Offers 3D Dimension

CodaOctopus Offers 3D Dimension

CodaOctupus introduced a new sonar for ROV and AUV operations. Based on Echoscope 3D imaging technology and software, Dimension provides real-time 3D imaging for subsea vehicle applications.

CodaOctopus Offers Training

CodaOctopus will offer a three-day training and 3D experience event at its 3D Center of Excellence in Lakeland, Florida, and the nearby Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel and Marina, from June 17 to 19.

EdgeTech Announces 2014 Training Seminars

EdgeTech will hold its annual sonar training seminar in New Bedford, Massachusetts, from September 23 to 25. This course will cover sonar theory, operational training, system maintenance and post processing data for all of EdgeTech’s standard sidescan sonar, sub-bottom profiling and combined systems. The format for the three-day seminar includes 2½ days of classroom instruction and a half-day at sea.

John Deere Introduces New Auxiliary Marine Engines

John Deere Introduces New Auxiliary Marine Engines

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) introduced the Marine Tier 3 PowerTech auxiliary drive engines, a full line of radiator-cooled, dry-exhaust-manifold auxiliary engines. They can power a variety of deck auxiliary equipment including, pumps, winches, cranes, hydraulics and generators.

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