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March-April 2001

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LMG to Describe Vasco da Gama at WODCON

Dasa Project to Proceed in Hamburg

On February 20, a German judge ruled that the billion-Deutsch mark Dasa project in Hamburg can proceed.

Brisbane Gets New Hopper Dredge

The Port of Brisbane (Australia) Corporation took delivery of the new $40 million hopper dredge Brisbane on November 3, 2000. Leaving the NQEA shipyard in Cairns on October 24, the new dredge sailed down the Queensland coast, calling at Townsville and Gladstone en route. The Port of Brisbane will use the dredge to maintain its shipping channels in Queensland ports, replacing the dredge Sir Thomas Hiley, which was retired after 27 years of service.

Cable Arm Receives Large Order

Cable Arm Clamshell has received an order for five Environmental Clamshell buckets for a major PCB cleanup in the St. Lawrence River at Messina, New York.

HYPACK-MAX Adds ADCP Module

Coastal Oceanographics will introduce an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP) module for their HYPACK software at Oceanology International Americas. The module will run with the RD Instruments Workhorse ADCP to provide real time current information. The user will then be able to combine the ADCP measurement information with cross sectional depth profiles to calculate flow rates, and to output color coded section diagrams.

WEDA to Visit Houston Channel Deepening

The annual meeting of the Western Dredging Association will include a field trip to visit portions of the Houston Ship Channel Deepening project. To be held in Houston, June 24 28, the meeting will include technical papers, an exhibition, and social functions. It is the 21st annual meeting of the organization.

DEME Orders Second

IHC Holland announced on January 31 that they had received an order from Dredging Environmental & Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME) of Belgium, for a trailing suction hopper dredge. The 13,700 cubic meter, 20,000 dead weight ton dredge is a copy of the 1998 Lange Wapper, delivered to the same company.

Blackwater Bayou is Object of Study

Moffatt & Nichol Engineers Raleigh, North Carolina, office is providing hydraulic and hydrologic engineering for the Black Bayou wetland project in Cameron Parish in southwest Louisiana. The object is to restore hydrologic conditions over 3600 acres by using a numerical model to simulate and analyze alternative solutions affecting hydraulic conditions.

CEDA Dredging Day to Feature Outsiders

Plans are set for Dredging Seen From the Outside Looking In, the CEDA Dredging Day, on November 15 at the Amsterdam RAI. The talks will be clients, agencies, funders and special interest groups related to, but outside the dredging industry.

St. Paul District Plans Dredging Meeting

AAPA Spring Meeting Planned for March 20

China Offshore Buys Multibeam

China Offshore Oil Geophysical Corp. (Tianjin, P.R.C.) has contracted with Triton Elics International, Watsonville, California, for a fully integrated TEI Hydro Suite Multibeam Survey System. Hydro Suite collects high resolution bathymetry with a 120 degree swath to a depth of 300 meters. China Offshore will use the Hydro Suite system to support oilfield engineering and oil exploration.

St. Paul District Gets New Survey Boat

St. Paul District Gets New Survey Boat

Ross Laboratories delivered a multi-channel sweep boat to the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers on September 20th. Officially named Launch 21, the 24-foot boat was tested in the Mississippi River at LaCrosse, and used to demonstrate a sub-bottom profiler before going into storage for the winter at the district service base at Fountain City, Wisconsin. Kevin Ressie will operate and manage the new boat.

Boskalis to Build New Dredge

Royal Boskalis Westminster nv, Papendrecht, the Netherlands, has announced plans for major equipment investment in 2001, including building a new hopper dredge of the Waterways class and expanding the hopper dredge WD Fairway by 54 meters.

Two Hydro-Mates Delivered

Hydraulic Boat Company, Inc. (HBCI), of Port Byron, in Upstate New York has built and delivered two new model AM-2000 Universal Water Management Boats, to the State of New York and to Robinson Lake, New York.

Dredging Contract News. City of Benicia to Dredge Marina

The City of Benicia Public Works Department is planning a procurement to perform maintenance dredging of the Benicia Marina. The work entails dredging of the entire marina to restore the harbor basin to its authorized dimensions. The dredging work is scheduled for this summer.

Benicia to Dredge Marina, Issues Bid

Bisso Raises Falcon Rig

Bisso Raises Falcon Rig

On August 15, 2000, R&Bs Falcon Rig 55 overturned in Block 52 of Main Pass in Breton Sound, Gulf of Mexico. It took 31 days for Bisso Marine to raise the vessel, including six days of downtime for inclement weather.

Martin Marietta Using Marlin Dredge

Martin Marietta Using Marlin Dredge

Dredging Supply Company Inc. delivered a 14-inch electric Marlin cutterhead dredge to Martin Marietta, Noldesville, Indiana, in late 1999. Martin Marietta is using the new dredge to mine sand and gravel, and it has been operating successfully since its installation, said a company representative. The dredge is an all-electric dredge with no hydraulics in the lever room, which allows the Marlin to meet MSHA noise level ratings. A key benefit of the clean-running dredge is that is can run longer with low maintenance, requires no fuel, and is environmentally friendly, said Tommy Wetta, DSC vice president.

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Wayne Boyd is New King Fisher President

Wayne Boyd is New King Fisher President

Wayne A. Boyd was named president of King Fisher Marine Service, Inc. effective January 15, 2001.

Tungsten Carbide Overlay Used

Tungsten Carbide Overlay Used

In May 1988, Dredging International began dredging at Leam Chabang, Thailand, where the Thai government was creating a port. The material to be dredged was abrasive, sticky clay with a high concentration of titanium dioxide (TiO2.) Using their 850mm (33-inch) cutterhead dredge Amazone, D.I. began the project consuming between 500 and 700 teeth per day, depending on where they were working. Many different types of hardfacing materials were tested on the teeth, including all iron-based chromium and complex carbide types. A significant step towards the increase of cutter tooth life was made by using a tungsten carbide hardfacing product manufactured by Durum of Krefeld, Germany. The first results, with a minimum product applied, increased the life by a factor of four.

Eco-Canal One Step Closer

The Concession Contract between the Government of Nicaragua and the private company Ecocanal, S.A. was signed on Wednesday, November 1, 2000. This is the final legal step needed to proceed with the construction of the private waterway to re-connect Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea. All these procedures were approved by the National Assembly of Nicaragua at the end of last year.

Norfolk Dredging in Charleston

Norfolk Dredging in Charleston

Norfolk Dredging Company has upgraded the clamshell dredge Atlantic, which is working on the Charleston Harbor deepening project, along with the companys other clamshell dredge Virginian.

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