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March-April 2007

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River Systems Display Wins AEM Award

. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has recognized two U.S. conservation districts for their outstanding overall communications efforts and presented them with an annual award it sponsors through the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).

Surveying in the Rock Island District

Surveying in the Rock Island District

Photo: Rock Island District's SV Koot.

Small Dredge Keeps Rapid Siltation at Bay in Patrol Boat Lifts at Umm Qasr, Iraq

Small Dredge Keeps Rapid Siltation at Bay in Patrol Boat Lifts at Umm Qasr, Iraq

. The Naval Transition Team (NaTT), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, took delivery of an IMS Model 5012 LP Versi-Dredge in early October 2006 at Umm Qasr Naval Base, Iraq.

Panama Canal Board Appoints Barrios Ng Deputy Administrator

Panama Canal Board Appoints Barrios Ng Deputy Administrator

. On March 19, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors unanimously appointed engineer Jose Barrios Ng as its new deputy administrator after serving as ACP chief financial officer since 2002.

Shore Preservation Group Honors Beach Advocates

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) recognized four individuals as top coastal advocates for 2006 at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on March 22.

Florida Governor Recommends Lake and Estuary Cleanup

. Floridas Governor Charlie Crist is recommending that the State of Florida allocate $190 million to clean up the Florida Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.

Atlas Selects Triton AUV Software

Atlas Selects Triton AUV Software

. Triton Imaging, Inc. announced that ATLAS Elektronik has selected the Triton AUV-SuiteTM software for use with their SeaOtter MkII autonomous underwater vehicle demonstrator.

WEDA Brazil Chapter Planned for December

WEDA Brazil Chapter Planned for December

. Western Dredging Association Executive Director Lawrence Patella has announced that the Brazil Chapters first annual conference will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday December 9 through Wednesday, December 12, 2007.

Container Vessel Rams W.D. Fairway

Container Vessel Rams W.D. Fairway

. On March 8 at approximately 2 p.m. local time, the container vessel MSC Joanna ran into the hopper dredge W.D. Fairway in Tianjin, China.

Ohmex Introduces Modem for License-Free Marine Applications

Ohmex Introduces Modem for License-Free Marine Applications

. Ohmex has released the LR modem, a new long range digital radio telemetry modem to complement its tide gauge and weather station products.

Odom Introduces Small Multi-Beam System

Odom Introduces Small Multi-Beam System

. Odom Hydrographic Systems, Inc. announces its new shallow water hydrographic multibeam system.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Purchases Eagle I and Meridian from C.F. Bean LLC

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Purchases Eagle I and Meridian from C.F. Bean LLC

. On April 10, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced that it had signed agreements to purchase the dredges Eagle I and Meridian from affiliates of C.F. Bean LLC.

Weakley Describes Navigation Crisis To House of Representatives Water Committee

Weakley Describes Navigation Crisis To House of Representatives Water Committee

. Lack of investment in the countrys navigation infrastructure has significantly reduced the efficiency of waterborne commerce, said James H.I. Weakley, president of Lake Carriers Association and an officer of Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on Friday, February 16, 2007.

Aggregate Dredging Forum Scheduled For June in Omaha

. The Mining, Reclamation and Dredging Committee of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is sponsoring a dredging seminar on Sunday, June 3 through Tuesday, June 5 at the Hilton Omaha, Nebraska.

Events March-April 2007

Construction to Begin On Hudson River Treatment Plant

. On February 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that while construction of the multi-million dollar processing and treatment facility for contaminated sediment from the Hudson River would begin this spring, the dredging itself would be delayed until the spring of 2009.

GeoAcoustics Demonstrates Man-Portable AUV

GeoAcoustics Demonstrates Man-Portable AUV

. In March, GeoAcoustics Singapore demonstrated a man-portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) at the historic Changi Sailing Club in Singapore.

Contract Awards through April 10, 2007

Pressures on the Delta: Living with Water In a Time of Climate Change

Pressures on the Delta: Living with Water In a Time of Climate Change

. The Aquaterra World Forum was held in Amsterdams RAI Conference Centre from February 7 though 9.

Tracking the progress of the Water Resources Development Act

Royal Boskalis Westminster Reports 116.6 Million Net Profit

Royal Boskalis Westminster Reports 116.6 Million Net Profit

. Royal Boskalis Westminster nv, Papendrecht, The Netherlands, released their 2006 financial statement on March 15.

Civil Works Secretary to Address WODCON Attendees

Civil Works Secretary to Address WODCON Attendees

. John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, will address the attendees at the World Dredging Conference in Orlando on Tuesday, May 29, prior to the Mystery Dinner.

HYPACK Announces Version 6A

HYPACK Announces Version 6A

. Hypack, has released HYPACK 6.2A, an upgrade to version 6.2 of their hydrographic survey software package.

Lands End: Corps Makes a Stand at Venice: Rebuilding is vital to keep Mississippi River ports open

Lands End: Corps Makes a Stand at Venice: Rebuilding is vital to keep Mississippi River ports open

. The Corps will open a rebuilt Venice Sub-Office late in 2007.

Pacific Chapter to Meet In Waikiki

. The WEDA Pacific Chapter is accepting paper abstracts for their fall conference, to be held Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, Honolulu, Hawaii.

A&M Course Simulates Difficult Dredging Conditions

A&M Course Simulates Difficult Dredging Conditions

The January 15-17, 2007 Cutter Suction Dredge Simulator short course attracted nine participants from dredging companies Alan Ritchie Materials, Camden Shipping, Mini-Dredge, and Weeks Marine. The course instructors were Peter deJong, president of Digital Automation and Control Systems (DACS) and Dr. R. E. Randall, director of the Center for Dredging Studies at Texas A&M University.

Echotrac II Specially-Designed for Testing Equipment

Echotrac II Specially-Designed for Testing Equipment

. Odom Hydrographic Systems took delivery of the new 27-foot hydrographic survey boat Echotrac II at the end of 2006.

GeoSwath Seminar Planned For New Hampshire in May

. GeoAcoustics will run a one-day seminar on the GeoSwath interferometric swath bathymetry sonar on Thursday May 24th 2007 at the Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire.

Jan de Nul Creating Crescent Island

. Jan de Nul Group is using the trailing suction hopper dredges Juan Sebastian de Elcano and Gerardus Mercator, and the cutter dredge JFJ De Nul on an island-creation project in Dubai.

Letter to the Editor from John Hall

UMass Team Searching for Civil War Vessel

UMass Team Searching for Civil War Vessel

. A team from the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Boston has set out to locate and eventually preserve the USS Niagara that was scuttled in 1897 in Boston Harbor.

SubPro 1210 Achieves 10-Meter Penetration

SubPro 1210 Achieves 10-Meter Penetration

. General Acoustics has introduced the SUBPRO 1210 sub-bottom profiler.

Letter to the Editor from Peter Bowe

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Reports 2006 Results

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Reports 2006 Results

. On February 16, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ:GLDD) (NASDAQ:GLDDW) reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.

Teams Submit Bids For Miami Tunnel

. The State of Florida announced on March 5 that three teams had submitted bids to build and operate a tunnel that will connect Miamis large cargo and cruise port with the interstate highway system.

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