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June 2015

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HYDROID HAS ANNOUNCED AUV 2015 TRAINING SCHEDULE

TRIMBLE INTRODUCES NEW RECEIVER

TRIMBLE INTRODUCES NEW RECEIVER

Trimble introduced the SPS356 DGNSS​ Beacon Receiver, which allows contractors to achieve sub-meter accuracy using DGNSS or MSK Beacon station corrections for robust, multi-constellation positioning. Trimble said the receiver is well suited for dredging, vessel positioning and tracking, and bathymetric surveying.

NEW SUEZ CANAL TO USE KIASMA SRL PIPES

NEW SUEZ CANAL TO USE KIASMA SRL PIPES

The dredging operation working on the new Suez Channel is using 30-inch (OD900mm) and 34-inch (OD1000mm) diameter HDPE pipes, from Kiasma Srl, in cooperation with Deriplast Spa (K & D Dredging).

ECTMARINE DEVELOPS DREDGE DESIGN PACKAGE

ECTMARINE DEVELOPS DREDGE DESIGN PACKAGE

ECTMarine has developed “yard packages” for its Prime dredge line, which contain all the engineering, components and services for building a dredge in sizes 45 to 65 cm discharge diameter.

STR INVESTS IN SONAR SYSTEM AND UNVEILS BATTERY PACK

STR INVESTS IN SONAR SYSTEM AND UNVEILS BATTERY PACK

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR) announced the delivery of the first ever deep-water rated, titanium-housed NORBIT iWRMS wideband multibeam sonar system.

STEDMAN AIMS TO EDUCATE ABOUT IMPACTORS

STEDMAN AIMS TO EDUCATE ABOUT IMPACTORS

Stedman is promoting its HIS crusher line, re-educating process engineers about the design aspects of impactors.

CODA OCTOPUS RELEASES C-SERIES ECHOSCOPE

CODA OCTOPUS RELEASES C-SERIES ECHOSCOPE

Coda Octopus announces the new C-Series Echoscope. The Echoscope C500 forms part of the new Echoscope Compact Series (CSeries). The C500 delivers real-time 3D sonar capability in a smaller, lighter, more rugged form factor with a reduced power requirement.

VOSTA LMG CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN DREDGE BALL JOINTS

VOSTA LMG CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN DREDGE BALL JOINTS

In April, VOSTA LMG celebrated an important milestone—50 years since the company started with the development and production of bayonet dredge ball joints.

GEN. BOSTICK VISITS PORT OF SAVANNAH

GEN. BOSTICK VISITS PORT OF SAVANNAH

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Port of Savannah on May 28, for an update on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

PORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY REPORT INCREASED CARGO AND REVENUES

At the Port of Houston, the port authority said through the first quarter of 2015, loaded container units increased by 24 percent over 2014. Import steel at the port continues to exceed projections, up by more than 66 percent for the year. April was also a record month in revenues for the Houston Port Authority.

HOUSTON PORT AUTHORITY CONTRACTS FOR ECONOMIC STUDY

In April, the Port Commissioners for the Houston Port Authority awarded a contract to TCB/GBA Joint Venture for professional engineering and planning services in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ feasibility study of the modifications to improve the Houston Ship Channel system, including the Houston, Barbours Cut and Bayport Ship Channel.

ORION MARINE WINS PORT OF TACOMA CONTRACT

ORION MARINE WINS PORT OF TACOMA CONTRACT

AAPA RELEASES U.S PORT ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) released the results of an economic impact study on U.S. seaports, performed by Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Dredging Roundup / NORTH AMERICA June 2015

Dredging Roundup / LATIN AMERICA June 2015

Dredging Roundup / LATIN AMERICA June 2015

Brig. Gen. Kaiser on Future of Corps Dredging on the Great Lakes

Brig. Gen. Kaiser on Future of Corps Dredging on the Great Lakes

Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio Rivers Division Commander, is responsible for long-term planning and oversight of the dredging operations on the Great Lakes, and in late April, he shared with the Buffalo District his thoughts on the challenges, successes and the road forward for dredging the Great Lakes harbors.

Sennebogen 870 Material Handlers Work Around the Clock on PCB Remediation Project on the Hudson River

Sennebogen 870 Material Handlers Work Around the Clock on PCB Remediation Project on the Hudson River

Approximately three times a week, for six months of the year, trains depart from upstate New York, en route to one of three EPA-approved long-term disposal facilities. The trains, which are loaded with dewatered, PCB-containing sediments, represent the last leg of a complex environmental dredging project undertaken by General Electric Co. in New York’s Upper Hudson River.

WEDA Pacific Chapter Calls for Abstracts

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Pacific Chapter fall 2015 conference will take place from November 4 to 6 at the Embassy Suites San Rafael in California. The board is accepting abstracts for technical presentations until June 12.

Egypt Fisheries Management to Dredge Wetland Lakes

Egypt Fisheries Management to Dredge Wetland Lakes

The General Authority for Fish Resources Development (GAFRD) in Egypt took delivery and received training in the operation of two 10-inch Wolverine Class Dredges, designed and manufactured by DSC Dredge at its Greenbush, Michigan, facility.

Dredging 2015 Preparing Technical Schedule

PIANC USA and the Coasts, Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI/ASCE) expect more than 600 dredging experts from around the world to gather at the Dredging 2015 conference in Savannah Georgia, from October 19 to 22.

Great Lakes Reports First Quarter

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. reported financial results for the quarter that ended March 31, with revenues of $174.6 million, a net loss of $8.4 million, and an adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $4.4 million.

Judge Orders Corps To Dredge All of Cleveland Harbor

Judge Orders Corps To Dredge All of Cleveland Harbor

The Corps of Engineers Buffalo District began dredging Cleveland Harbor May 22 after a federal judge issued an order on May 12 requiring it to dredge all of a disputed area. The district had been refusing to do so unless the state contributed to the cost of disposing of some dredged materials.

CEDA Releases Paper on Environmental Monitoring

CEDA Releases Paper on Environmental Monitoring

The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) has published a new paper. Entitled “Environmental Monitoring Procedures,” this paper describes why and how environmental monitoring is undertaken. It covers the different types of monitoring in relation to the different stages of a dredging project, and includes a series of case studies, which illustrate monitoring methods and uses.

Proposed Expansion Project at Port Everglades Advances

Proposed Expansion Project at Port Everglades Advances

A proposed project to widen and deepen the navigation channels of Port Everglades is nearing the end of its study process. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District expects final approval from the Chief of Engineers will be issued on May 29. The project would deepen the 45-foot channel by 10 feet, as well as widen and extend the channel, to handle large tankers and the deeper-draft post-Panamax cargo ships.

Dredging Resumes in Michigan After Spring Thaw

Dredging Resumes in Michigan After Spring Thaw

By April 20, the ice in the northern reaches of Lake Huron had cleared enough for Luedtke Engineering Company to resume dredging on the Cheboygan River in northern Michigan.

Australian Port Dredging Alleviates Future Maintenance

Australian Port Dredging Alleviates Future Maintenance

CGC Dredging performed work at Port Geographe, located in Western Australia, with cutter suction dredge Cooper II. It dredged seaweed and sand accumulations and preparing the seafloor for rock placement for a new seawall, which would diminish shoaling and alleviate maintenance dredging in the future.

WODA Hosts Acoustics Workshop

WODA Hosts Acoustics Workshop

The World Organization of Dredging Association (WODA) workshop on March 26 in Paris, presented the latest knowledge on the acoustic impacts of dredging on aquatic species. Entitled “Underwater Sound in Relation to Dredging,” the workshop was based on the work of the two working groups that drafted the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) position paper of the same title in November 2011 and the associated WODA Technical Guidance in June 2013.

DSC Wins Gulf Coast Trade Award

DSC Wins Gulf Coast Trade Award

DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, Louisiana, was awarded the inaugural Gulf Coast Trade Alliance Export Achievement Award for the state of Louisiana. The Gulf Coast Trade Alliance honored DSC with the award on April 21, 2015, at a luncheon during the 15th Annual Gulf Coast Trade Alliance World Trade Conference, which took place April 21 and 22 in Point Clear, Alabama.

J. E. Borries Purchses New DSC Dredge for Gulf Coast Barrier Island Reconstruction

J. E. Borries Purchses New DSC Dredge for Gulf Coast Barrier Island Reconstruction

J.E. Borries Inc., a 22-year-old, familyowned, full-service marine construction and dredging company based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, took delivery of an eight-inch Badger Class dredge by DSC Dredge, LLC in December 2014. Prior to this dredge purchase, J.E. Borries dredged by mechanical means, using a long-reach excavator or a clamshell friction crane. Barrier island reconstruction is an ongoing effort along this section of the Mississippi coast, following the siltation that occurred during Hurricane Isaac in 2012. The company recently was awarded a project by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to complete the dredging of three bayous in and around Gulfport, Mississippi.

Corps to Study Lower Mississippi River Deepening Project

Serious consideration is being given to deepening the lower Mississippi River to keep southern ports competitive once the Panama Canal deepening project – regarded by the shipping industry as a game changer – is completed in 2016.

Response Vessels On-Site Within Hours of Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Response Vessels On-Site Within Hours of Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Clean Seas LLC deployed oil spill response vessels hours after thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled into the Pacific Ocean from a ruptured land-based pipeline in Southern California. The oil entered the Pacific Ocean via a storm drain at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County the morning of Tuesday, May 19.

Corps of Engineers Dredge Expert Retires After 33 Years

Corps of Engineers Dredge Expert Retires After 33 Years

In February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ national expert in dredge equipment, Vinton C. Bossert, retired from the Corps’ Marine Design Center (MDC), after nearly three decades building and repowering dredges for the Corps fleet.

Manson at Work in Sabine-Neches Waterway

Manson at Work in Sabine-Neches Waterway

On May 4, Manson Construction Company began a maintenance dredging project in Sabine Pass, the first inland channel in the Sabine-Neches Waterway (SNWW) on the Texas-Louisiana border. The 2013 tonnage figures place the waterway as third in the nation, and the contract requires that the dredging not interrupt the heavy shipping traffic.

WEDA Dredging Summit & Expo Set for Houston

WEDA Dredging Summit & Expo Set for Houston

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and the Texas A&M University will host its annual conference, the 2015 Dredging Summit & Expo at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas, from June 22 to 25. The theme of the conference, “Dredgers, the Environment and Commerce,” will focus on the people and organizations that make dredging happen, and the environmental and commercial impacts of dredging. This includes discussions about the critical economic need for dredging, trends in dredging technology and safety and historical dredging development.

Orion Marine Continues Work in Port of Houston

Orion Marine Continues Work in Port of Houston

Orion Marine Group, Inc. has been working to deepen and widen navigation channels and berthing areas for the Port of Houston Authority (PHA). PHA awarded the $69.8 million contract in 2014 to dredge the Bayport Ship Channel and the Barbours Cut Channel, deepening them by five feet and widening some areas. The project will remove an estimated 6.6 million cubic yards of native and shoaled sediments, and PHA expects the project to be complete by mid-February 2016.

CONTRACTS - June 2015

Editorial

Editorial

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) set forth an unprecedented demand for water resources funding, if Congress can work together to pass an adequate budget. One of the cornerstone provisions of the legislation established annual incremental funding targets for the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), which would lead to full use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for its intended purpose by 2025.

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