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DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA

News updates from Latin America

January 3, 2013 - February 22, 2013 Dedging Contracts

U.S. dredging contracts awarded from January 4 through February 22, 2013

Technical Papers Selected for WODCON XX, The Art of Dredging

Technical Papers Selected for WODCON XX, The Art of Dredging

Plans are being finalized for the World Dredging Congress, WODCON XX, to be held June 3 through 7 in Brussels, Belgium.

Jan De Nul Evaluates Fuel-Saving, Emissions-Reduction Technology

EnerGreen Technologies Ltd., a European distributor for EnerTeck (OTC: ETCK) and EnerTeck Chemical, announced in mid-February that the Jan de Nul Group had launched an evaluation of the companys EnerBurn, a diesel fuel catalytic combustion accelerator and its complementary injection technology.

ABP to Start Port of Southampton Dredging

ABP to Start Port of Southampton Dredging

Associated British Ports (ABP) received consent from the Marine Management Organization (MMO) for a dredging project to improve access to the Port of Southampton, U.K. This marks the final step in licenses, consents and permissions for the project.

Galveston District Completes Beach Renourishment; Begins Canal Expansion

Galveston District Completes Beach Renourishment; Begins Canal Expansion

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District has completed a beneficial use beach renourishment project on South Padre Island in Texas, using beach-quality sand from a local dredging project.

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Dredging Bill

Michigan state senators have introduced a bill to provide state funds for dredging marinas.

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA

North American news items of interest to the dredging industry.

DREDGING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST

Vignettes of dredging history from 1977, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2008

Jamaican Officials Ready to Dredge Kingston Harbor

Jamaican Officials Ready to Dredge Kingston Harbor

One of the worlds largest and deepest natural harbors will be dredged starting later this year.

Tideland Hires New CEO

Tideland Signal Corp. welcomed Matt Scheuing to its management team as chief executive officer.

AGC Lauds Transportation Nominee

Maccaferri Structures Protect the Shoreline During Sandy

Maccaferri Structures Protect the Shoreline During Sandy

During a Nor'easter in March 2010, heavy surf and high winds devastated the dune system protecting beach front homes near the Hamptons, on twin forks of Long Island, in Quogue, New York.

GLDD at Work on Third Arthur Kill Deepening Project

GLDD at Work on Third Arthur Kill Deepening Project

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock will begin work soon on a contract to deepen reach S-AK-3 of the Arthur Kill Channel in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The New York Engineer District awarded a contract for $41,368,100 to Great Lakes on January 31. The contract is to deepen the channel from the existing depth of 43 and 47 feet to 52 feet plus 1.5 feet of overdepth. Great Lakes will use its clamshell Dredge 55 and drill boat Apache on the project.

Corps Dredging Season Ends on Middle Mississippi River; Multi-year Drought Predicted

The Corps completed an extended dredging season, and in February started bringing in equipment in for seasonal maintenance and leave for the crew. The Corps Dredges Hurley and Potter completed dredging operations on the Middle Mississippi the last week of January. The dustpan dredges have been operating well beyond the normal dredging season, which usually ends in early December. The Potter mobilized the first week of July, and has worked throughout the 300 miles of Mississippi River in St. Louis Districts area of responsibility. The Hurley came up river from the Corps Memphis District in December and has been dredging between Thebes and Chester, Illinois, and also supported the rock removal efforts at Thebes by removing sand that had accumulated over the rock pinnacles.

Teledyne Acquires RESON

Teledyne Acquires RESON

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced on March 1 that it had completed the acquisition of RESON A/S. Reson, headquartered in Slangerup, Denmark, provides high resolution marine acoustic imaging and measurement solutions. The acquired company will operate under the name Teledyne RESON. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Captain Rich Hendren Joins TerraSond

Captain Rich Hendren Joins TerraSond

TerraSond Limited welcomed Captain Rich Hendren as the new HSE [health, safety, environmental stewardship] and QM [quality management) Director, working out of the TerraSond corporate headquarters in Palmer, Alaska.

Aqua Survey Helps High Altitude Survey Experiment in Chile

Aqua Survey Helps High Altitude Survey Experiment in Chile

Bathymetric surveys are usually done with the goal of learning the shape and makeup of some part of the planet. But in the case of a recent survey of the high-Andean lake Laguna Negra*, the goal was twofold: learn the shape and makeup of a part of the planet, and also make an expedition to another planet possible.

Coastline Surveys Completes High Resolution Multi-Beam Surveys

Coastline Surveys Completes High Resolution Multi-Beam Surveys

Coastline Surveys Ltd. (CSL) completed three high-resolution multi-beam hydrographic surveys in the South North Sea, using the latest generation R2SONIC 2024 combined with an IxBlue Octans MKIII Gyro/ MRU and C-Nav 3050 RTK GPS positioning. The CSL survey vessel MV FlatHolm completed the three surveys in a short window, as weather permitted, with minimal downtime, the company said.

Ocean Completes Sept-les Maintenance Job Using Clamshell Dredge

Ocean Completes Sept-les Maintenance Job Using Clamshell Dredge

Last year, Quebec-headquartered Ocean performed a maintenance contract for the Port of Sept-les using its clamshell dredge Ocean Borrome Verreault. Sept-les is on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, 325 miles east of Quebec City. The project included dredging the multi-users wharf #35 at Pointe Noire.

Michael Higgs Supporting Vendors and Developing Equipment through New Company

Michael Higgs Supporting Vendors and Developing Equipment through New Company

After 20 years operating, installing, trouble-shooting and repairing hydrographic survey equipment, Michael Higgs, through Higgs Hydrographic Tek, has begun a new track of helping several companies adapt and create new equipment to fill niches in the industry. He has signed as sales representative for a number of companies, and is helping several of them to develop and modify their equipment for the dredging and shallow water hydrographic survey industries.

Financial Partners Visit Panama Canal Expansion Site

Financial Partners Visit Panama Canal Expansion Site

Representatives from the five institutions that have signed agreements for financing the Panama Canal Expansion Program took part in the annual visit to the Canal in January.

Geodynamics Adds 30-foot Survey Boat to Fleet

Geodynamics Adds 30-foot Survey Boat to Fleet

Geodynamics, LLC, based out of Morehead City / Beaufort, North Carolina, took delivery of a 30-foot Armstrong catamaran in the 3rd quarter of 2012. The boat, the R/V Benthos, was custom designed for hydrographic survey operations and configured to be rapidly trailered, which reduces cost to clients, according to Chris Freeman, company president.

ASBPA Calls for Abstracts

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has called for abstracts for its 2013 conference, to be held October 23 through 26 at the Isla Grand Resort in South Padre Island, Texas. One-page abstracts are due by May 17, and should be submitted to abstracts@asbpa.org. See www.asbpa.org for additional requirements.

Ross Labs Ready to Deliver Survey Boat 
to St. Paul District

Ross Labs Ready to Deliver Survey Boat 
to St. Paul District

This spring, Ross Laboratories will deliver a new 24-foot aluminum survey boat to the St. Paul District Fountain City Service Center. The Ross Mini-Sweep system is installed on the boat, which was built by Armstrong Marine Inc. of Port Angeles, Washington, and was custom designed for the St. Paul District.

MarchApril 2013 Editorial

As we go to press, the National Waterways Council is holding its annual Legislative Summit in Washington D.C. Attendees are hearing from Sen. David Vitter, ranking member of the Senate committee on Environment and Public Works; and Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, who are informing attendees of the status of legislation and funding in congress specifically the RAMP (Realize Americas Maritime Promise) Act, which has growing congressional support and broad political support among waterways operators, the dredging industry, and other stakeholders. Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick is talking about the status of the Corps mission, which has a mandate to maintain the nations waterways, but with less and less funding.

Native American 
Pokagon Foundation Awards Dredging 
Funds to Michigan City

Its no news that Michigan lakeshore towns have been having to step up, along with the state, with additional dredging funds in the face of historic low water that threatens the states multi-billion dollar boating and fishing tourism industry. The Corps of Engineers has been strapped for funds to dredge and maintain even federally mandated channels, so states and local communities have had to fill in the shortfalls.

Dredging and Coastal Businesses Urge States to 
Participate in RESTORE

On February 26, Jeffrey Buchanan, Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for Oxfam America, reported an action by dredging and other companies who work on the Gulf Coast to encourage the five Gulf states to participate in the federal RESTORE act. The news release is as follows.

Seafloor Mapping Used for Erosion Control Project

Seafloor Mapping Used for Erosion Control Project

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Germany began a coastal permafrost erosion research project (COPER), funded by the Helmholz Association and the institute, at Herschel Island in Canada. The research project looks to describe and quantify the erosion and related carbon release by using air- and space-born methods together with field research.

National Dredging Meeting Cancelled

NSSGA Highlights Continuing Resolution

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