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VAN OORD AWARDED CONTRACTS FOR OFFSHORE WINDFARMS IN HOL-LAND AND GERMANY

VAN OORD AWARDED CONTRACTS FOR OFFSHORE WINDFARMS IN HOL-LAND AND GERMANY

CORPS PROPOSES MAINTENANCE DREDGING OF CHATHAM STAGE PROJECT

The New England Engineer District is proposing periodic maintenance dredging of the Chatham Stage Harbor Federal Navigation Project in Chatham, Massachusetts. The congressionally authorized project provides for an entrance channel 150 feet wide and 10 feet below Mean Lower Low Water, extending from Chatham Roads through Harding Beach for a distance of about 2.1 miles.

KINGS BAY ENTRANCE CHANNEL DREDGING COMPLETED

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced that the Kings Bay Entrance Channel dredging project was completed by April 12, about a month ahead of schedule.

CASHMAN TO DREDGE BEALS HARBOR, PIG ISLAND GUT

On April 20, Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Company was awarded a $3.4 million contract by the New England Engineer District to perform maintenance dredging of the Beals Harbor and Pig Island Gut Federal Navigation Projects.

JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT AWARDS NEW CONTRACT TO SOUTHERN DREDGING

The Jacksonville District also announced a $10.4 million contract award to Southern Dredging Company on April 8.

DREDGING IN ST. JOSEPH HARBOR BEGINS

An MCM Marine dredge arrived from Sault Ste. Marie in mid-May to begin dredging the outer harbor of St. Joseph, Michigan, on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore across the lake from Chicago. Representative Fred Upton, who represents the district in Congress, had earlier announced $1 million to help pay for the work.

HUMBOLDT BAY DREDGING UNDERWAY

The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District’s cutterhead suction dredge Nehalem was dredging the Humboldt Bay navigation channel at press time. Channel depths, which are authorized at 48 feet, were as shallow as 20 feet in some places due to recent heavy rains and silting.

BOSKALIS TRANSPORTS AND INSTALLS DOLWIN(2)BETA PLATFORM

BOSKALIS TRANSPORTS AND INSTALLS DOLWIN(2)BETA PLATFORM

Last summer, the installation of the DolwinBeta, the offshore High Voltage Direct Cur-rent (HVDC platform) that will connect three offshore wind farms in the German part of the North Sea, was completed. The offshore converter station is part of the DolWin2 project, which will be operated by transmission system operator TenneT. The Dolwin(2)Beta converter is presently being tested this spring and is expected to be fully connected to the grid in December 2016.

JAN DE NUL ANNOUNCES OFFSHORE CONTRACTS IN BELGIUM AND FINLAND

JAN DE NUL ANNOUNCES OFFSHORE CONTRACTS IN BELGIUM AND FINLAND

In March of this year, Jan De Nul (JDN) announced two important wind park contracts. One was the appointment by Nobelwind of JDN as Engineering-Procurement-Construction-Installation (EPCI) contractor to install all foundations and the 50 3.3 megawatt (MW) MHI Vestas wind turbines offshore at its fourth offshore wind farm in Belgian territorial waters. These turbines will have an installed capacity of 165 megawatt and will supply green power to 186,000 Belgian households yearly. The first foundation components arrived in the harbor of Oostende on March 23. The first installation offshore started in May, when the installation vessel, Vole au vent, picked up the foundation components and brought them to the site at sea. The installation of all foundations is expected to last until the beginning of September, depending on weather conditions. Jan De Nul Group christened the newest offshore installation vessel, Vole au vent, on April 28, after which returned to a nearby quay in the port to resume the activities for the Nobelwind project. The 140-meter (459-foot) long vessel has a Liebherr crane on deck.

DEME SIGNS CONTRACTS FOR OFFSHORE WIND FARMS IN THE GERMAN NORTH SEA

DEME SIGNS CONTRACTS FOR OFFSHORE WIND FARMS IN THE GERMAN NORTH SEA

At the end of March, DEME announced that it will help develop MEG I offshore wind farm, in partnership with Nordsee Offshore, in the German North Sea. MEG I will be one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms and is located in the German Bight, some 45 kilo-meters (28 miles) north of Borkum. This 400 megawattsw (MW) project will provide renew-able energy to more than one million people and realizes a reduction of 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions every year. DEME will participate in the further development of the wind farm until financial close. Afterwards, DEME will be involved in the construction and maintenance of the wind farm and its long-term funding.

EUROPEAN CONTRACTORS PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN OFFSHORE WIND FARMS

Both 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 saw a series of new contracts with major dredging companies for the installation of European off-shore wind farms. These contracts constitute a significant part of the turnover for the four major European dredging companies. (See stories below). In general, the dredging companies are responsible for operations such as preparing the seabed to receive the windmill foundations, placing them and backfilling with rock after the platforms have been placed to stabilize and protect them from currents and severe weather. Next to these activities, however, the dredging companies are more and more often joint venture partners and main contractors, providing both financing and managerial capability, as well as extensive maritime expertise.

DEME STARTS PHASE 1 OF TUAS TERMINAL DEVELOPMENT

DEME STARTS PHASE 1 OF TUAS TERMINAL DEVELOPMENT

Work on Phase 1 of the Tuas Terminal in Singapore was formerly started on April 29 with the launching of the first caisson by Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan. This marked the start of the contract for the construction of the first phase of a new $1.82 billion mega-port in Singapore. The contract was awarded in May 2015 by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to a joint venture between Dredging International Asia Pacific Ltd. (DIAP), a subsidiary of Belgium’s DEME Group, incorporated in Singapore and DAELIM Industrial Co., Ltd., headquartered in Seoul, Korea, a global developer and contractor.

JAN DE NUL DREDGES PORT OF MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

JAN DE NUL DREDGES PORT OF MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

Dredging at the Port of Maputo, Mozambique is now underway. As reported by Jan De Nul, on May 21 trailing suction hopper dredge De Lapérouse kick-started the dredging works after being mobilized from Durban, South Africa.

JAN DE NUL’S CABLE LAYING VESSEL ISAAC NEWTON HEADS TO MARJAN OIL FIELD

On February 2, Jan De Nul (JDN) Group, a provider of installation works for subsea cables and umbilicals for the oil and gas and renewable energy markets, announced it will install two new power cables for Saudi Aramco at its Marjan Field, offshore of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. The 115 kV subsea power and communication cables, supplied by Nexans Norway, are being transported to the Marjan Gas Oil Separation Plan (GOSP) project executed by McDermott Middle East, Inc. McDermott International, a provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services for offshore and subsea field developments worldwide, is headquartered in Houston.

GERMAN DREDGING MARKET LEADER STRA-BAG WASSERBAU ACQUIRED BY BOSKALIS

In early January, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced a ‘heads of agree-ment’ with STRABAG SE for the acquisition of the dredging activities and assets of STRABAG Wasserbau GmbH, formerly known as Möbius Wasserbau. STRABAG Wasserbau, based in Hamburg, Germany is the market leader in the German dredging sector. The company has an annual turnover of approximately €£50 million ($55 million) with a broad array of equipment. By April 4, the Boskalis’ acquisition of the dredging activities and assets of STRABAG Wasserbau GmbH was concluded for the agreed transaction price of €£70 million ($78 million). This does not include any goodwill and has been financed entirely from Boskalis’s own cash flow.

Corps Commanding General Retires

Corps Commanding General Retires

The 53rd Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, retired from military service at an Armed Forces Full Honors Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony on May 19 at on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.

Dredging Presence Grows at IMX

Dredging Presence Grows at IMX

The Inland Marine Expo (IMX), held from May 10 to May 12 at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, drew many attendees and exhibitors, its largest show to date. As the conference grows, so has the presence from dredging industry companies focused on the inland waterways. The 2017 IMX will be held at the Dome in the America’s Center from May 22 to 24.

Kansas Water Office and Partners Celebrate Start of John Redmond Reservoir Dredging

Kansas Water Office and Partners Celebrate Start of John Redmond Reservoir Dredging

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. on May 17 to ceremoniously direct the official dredging of the John Redmond Reservoir to begin, a much-needed project to restore storage capacity at the reservoir and water supply for the long term. The Great Lakes 22-inch electric dredge LP started work at the reservoir in May.

Portland Industry Days Event Focuses on Small Business, Columbia River Jetties

Portland Industry Days Event Focuses on Small Business, Columbia River Jetties

The Portland Engineer District’s two-day Industry Days in April drew more than 200 attendees. The program on April 26 focused on small business contracting, and April 27 was devoted to the Mouth of the Columbia River (MCR) Jetty Major Rehabilitation Project.

Senate EPW Committee Introduces WRDA 2016

Editor’s Note: On May 25, at presstime, the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced its version of the bill, H.R. 5303. We will detail that bill in the next issue.

Brevard County Project Proves Gator Aquatic Technologies New Treatment Process

Brevard County Project Proves Gator Aquatic Technologies New Treatment Process

In January 2016, Gator Aquatic Technologies launched as a new company, armed with numerous projects and demand for its new technology that combines liquid solids separation with soluble nutrient and contaminant removal in a single phase. The technology is at work on a project in Brevard County, Florida, in the Indian River Lagoon, removing phosphorus and nitrogen from the contaminated sediment and water along the waterway.

Italian Chemical Industry Adopts Dragflow’s  Remote-Controlled Dredge DRP18

Italian Chemical Industry Adopts Dragflow’s Remote-Controlled Dredge DRP18

Dragflow has recently delivered a small, remote-controlled dredge, the DRP18, to Candeo Agostino of Padova, Italy, as part of the remediation program at Momentive, an internationally known chemical company with an important presence in Italy. Candeo Agostino is in the field of cleaning and environmental hygiene, with ecological interventions for small, medium and large users for civil and industrial applications. The company conducts environmental inspections and analyses, including sludge dewatering, water filtration, transport and disposal of waste.

Coastal Engineering Expert Orville T. Magoon Dies

Coastal Engineering Expert Orville T. Magoon Dies

Orville T. Magoon died on March 19 after suffering a massive stroke on the previous day, as he and his wife Karen were returning to San Francisco following a cruise to Hawaii.

Cashman Completing Land Reclamation Project for 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda

Cashman Completing Land Reclamation Project for 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda

Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Company, LLC is nearing the completion of a project to create a nine-acre site that will house the events village for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. The new land will provide a viewing area for the races in nearby Great Sound.

IADC’s Dredging Seminar held in Panama in April for the First Time

IADC’s Dredging Seminar held in Panama in April for the First Time

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC), with the support of the Organization of American States-Inter-American Committee on Ports (OAS-CIP) and other interested parties, held its Seminar on Dredging and Land Reclamation at the Hotel Riu Plaza in Panama City, Panama from April 11 to 15. This was the first time the seminar was held in Panama, and the demand was clear. The seminar drew a full house of 33 participants from a variety of countries and organizations.

Rutgers Engineering Building to be Named for Richard N. Weeks

Rutgers Engineering Building to be Named for Richard N. Weeks

The new flagship building of the School of Engineering at Rutgers University’s Busch, New Jersey campus will be named after Richard N. Weeks, chairman of Weeks Marine Inc. and a 1950 alumnus of the Rutgers School of Engineering.

DSC Dredge Wins President’s E-Star Award

DSC Dredge Wins President’s E-Star Award

In a ceremony held on May 16, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Ptritzker, awarded DSC Dredge, LLC the 2016 President’s E-Star Award for exports. DSC is only the third company in the program’s history to receive a second E-Star Award.

Newt Marine Services Creating Wildlife Islands in Upper Mississippi River

Newt Marine Services Creating Wildlife Islands in Upper Mississippi River

Newt Marine Services of Dubuque, Iowa, is in the second year of a three-year project to create wildlife habitat in the Upper Mississippi River in Harpers Slough.

MANSON COMPLETES NEW FLOW-WAY FOR ST. JOHNS RIVER PROJECT

MANSON COMPLETES NEW FLOW-WAY FOR ST. JOHNS RIVER PROJECT

Dredging work has open a new flow-way in Chicopit Bay and its connection to the Intracoastal Waterway system, which is necessary for the Mile Point project to improve navigation on the St. Johns River.

PORT OF HOUSTON AUTHORITY TO HOST NEW GULF SHIPPING CONFERENCE

The Port of Houston Authority has entered into a host port sponsorship agreement with The Journal of Commerce, an HIS company, for the 2016 JOC Gulf Shipping Conference, from June 13 to 14, at the Houston Magnolia Hotel.

PORT OF SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL DREDGING ISSUES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF WRDA 2016

In November 2015, the Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin participated in a Congressional rountable before the House Committee on Transportation and Infra-structure. At the request of Congressman Garret Graves, the meeting was held in New Orleans at the Louisiana State Supreme Court and the discussion focused on “The Importance of Port, Waterway, Flood Control & Ecosystem Restoration Improvements to the Nation’s Economy: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).” The roundtable high-lighted for the committee current issues facing Southeast Louisiana and the need to include them in the 2016 WRDA bill.

KSO Ciputra Yasmin and PT Boskalis International Indonesia Sign Contract for the Makassar Reclamation Works Project

KSO Ciputra Yasmin and PT Boskalis International Indonesia Sign Contract for the Makassar Reclamation Works Project

KSO Ciputra Yasmin and PT Boskalis International Indonesia Sign Contract for the Makassar Reclamation Works Project

DAVID EVANS AND ASSOCIATES CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

In 1976, the professional services consulting firm of David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) opened its doors in Portland, Oregon, and in 2016, the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

SANDVIK LAUNCHES NEW WEAR SEGMENTS

SANDVIK LAUNCHES NEW WEAR SEGMENTS

Sandvik Construction launches new HX900 wear segments – bars, buttons and runners. The company said HX900 wear segments maintain the original shape of vital equipment surfaces on, for example, crushers, loader buckets, chutes, excavators, rock box edges and on weld on hammer tips.

DAMEN FITS PUMPS AND VALVES FOR DEEP SEA MINING VEHICLES

DAMEN FITS PUMPS AND VALVES FOR DEEP SEA MINING VEHICLES

Damen Dredging Equipment fitted dredge pumps and valves in remote operated deep sea mining vehicles, also called Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs), manufactured by Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD).

POSTLE INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES TUBULAR HARDFACING ELECTRODES

POSTLE INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES TUBULAR HARDFACING ELECTRODES

Postle Industries announced its latest hardface welding development, tubular hardfacing electrodes for severe abrasion applications. For the dredging and aggregate industries, the products are applied to the wear surfaces of dredge pump impellers, cutterheads and teeth, dredge bucket lips and teeth, tooth adaptors, cutter arms, clam-shell buckets, auger suction dredges, wear plates and screens, crushers, hammers and gravel washer augers.

DSC DREDGE RELEASES NEW WEBSITE

DSC DREDGE RELEASES NEW WEBSITE

DSC Dredge, LLC announced the release of its new website (www.dscdredge.com). The company said it is designed with a fresh new look, improved navigation and enhanced functionality.

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Editorial - WRDA 2016 Takes the Stage for Bipartisan Support

Editorial - WRDA 2016 Takes the Stage for Bipartisan Support

On April 28, S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, introduced by Senator Jim Inhofe (R- OK), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the EPW Committee, was approved by the committee, a first step in realizing the bill for the 114th Congress this year.

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