Ben Cottrell Is New DCA President
Ben Cottrell V, President, Cottrell Contracting, Chesapeake, Virginia, was elected president of the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) on May 5, 2000 at their annual meeting in Longboat Key, Florida. Over the last two years, Cottrell served as president-elect and senior vice president of the association. “I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next two years to meet the many challenges facing the dredging industry. With so many environmental and budgetary factors affecting the flow of the work, DCA must improve our good working partnership with the Corps of Engineers districts. We must do a better job scheduling, a proven way to help both the government and the private sector,” said. Cottrell.
DCA is the national association for the dredging and marine construction industry. DCA’s members perform dredging contracts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), for state and local governments, for private marine terminal operators, and for private beachfront communities. The federal government accounts for the majority of the work, and approximately 75 percent of these federal contracts nationwide are awarded to DCA members.
DCA is developing a voluntary dredging industry safety program similar to the American Waterways Operators’ Responsible Carrier Program but also drawing from the most popular international models such as ISO 9000 and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. This comprehensive program will be brought on line during Cottrell’s tenure. “Given the marine environment where our people work, I am determined to everything I can to make sure the dredging industry is as safe as possible,” he said.
DCA works on many legislative and regulatory issues that are critical to the future of the dredging industry. The association supports the passage of water project authorization bills every two years, supports the use of innovative alternatives for the placement of dredged material from navigation projects, supports the use of dredged sediment for the rehabilitation of degraded wetlands, supports coalitions that fight for adequate annual appropriations, pushes for sensible maritime and Coast Guard regulations, and advocates “use industry first” policies with regard to the use of government dredges.