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May-June 2007

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GLDD Announces Secondary Share Offering

Top Restored Beaches Announced

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced the winners of the 2007 Top Restored Beach Award on May 18.

General Van Antwerp is New Corps Chief

Senate Passes WRDA 2007

2007 Top Restored Beaches Announced

LTG Van Antwerp Is New Chief of Engineers

Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp became the 52nd Chief of Engineers and commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 18. He assumed this position from Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock, who retired after 36 years of military service.

Environmental and Industrial Dredging Clarifiers Maximize Geotextile Tube Efficiency

Environmental and Industrial Dredging Clarifiers Maximize Geotextile Tube Efficiency

. Clarifiers, or what the industry terms as thickeners, are often the chosen dewatering treatment tools prior to final dewatering.

Wettas Reorganize DSC Management Team

Wettas Reorganize DSC Management Team

. William J. Wetta II, P.E. and Bob Wetta, owners of Dredging Supply Company, have announced a reorganization of their executive team to fill vacancies created by changes in their leadership group.

Swath Sonar System Mapping Nurse Shark Habitat

Swath Sonar System Mapping Nurse Shark Habitat

. The New South Wales Department of Environment & Conservation (NSW DEC) has been using a 125 kHz GeoAcoustics GeoSwath Plus wide swath sonar system for habitat mapping in the states network of marine protected areas.

Panama Canal Advertises First Tender in Expansion Project

. On May 7 the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released a request for proposal for the first construction project in the Canal expansion project.

AIWA Moves

Events May-June 2007

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IN MEMORIAM: John Land

IN MEMORIAM: John Land

. John Land, Director of Dredging Research Ltd, died on April 13 at the age of 55.

St. Paul District to Christen Towboat Warren

St. Paul District to Christen Towboat Warren

. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will celebrate the arrival of its new towboat, the General Warren with a private christening ceremony on May 14, 2007 at the Fountain City Service Base, Fountain City, Wisconsin.

New Orleans District to Repair Company Canal Levees

. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin the process to start repairs on 2,400 feet of floodwalls on the Company Canal, according to Col. Richard Wagenaar, New Orleans District commander.

WEDA Midwest Chapter Members Discuss Dredging Topics, Tour McAlpine Dam Expansion

WEDA Midwest Chapter Members Discuss Dredging Topics, Tour McAlpine Dam Expansion

. Dredging Technologies and Innovations was the topic of the WEDA 2007 Midwest Chapter Meeting, held Wednesday, April 11 through Friday, April 13 at the Marriott Courtyard in Louisville, Kentucky.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tops Exhibit Record; Organizers Announce Improvements to Show

. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 has booked more than two million square feet (186,000 square meters) of exhibit space for the exposition to be held March 11 through 15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Don Hayes Moves to University of Louisiana

. Don Hayes, formerly with the University of Utah, joined the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in January 2007 as an Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering.

Chinese Government Plans Extensive Yangtze Dredging

. The Chinese government will invest one billion yuan (120 million U.S. dollars) to clear shipping channels on the Yangtze River, Chinas longest, this year.

Blue Pelicans Off to a Flying Start

Blue Pelicans Off to a Flying Start

. Blue Pelican Associates is a group of five independent Dutch engineering/consulting companies combining their skills to provide services to a worldwide market.

Vulcan Materials Acquires Florida Rock

. Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), and Florida Rock Industries Inc. (NYSE: FRK), announced on February 19, 2007 that they had signed a definitive agreement for Vulcan Materials to acquire Florida Rock in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $4.6 billion.

Larry Liles takes us on a tour of a pile driving operation; Honoring the WODCON organizers

Book on Falls of the Ohio Available

Book on Falls of the Ohio Available

. The Louisville District has published a new book, Triumph at the Falls, written by Dr. Leland R. Johnson, a historian specializing in Corps history, and Chuck Parrish, District Historian.

Fairway a Total Loss; Boskalis Orders Three New Dredges

. CEO Peter Berdowski of Royal Boskalis Westminster announced on May 9 that the 30,508-cubic meter hopper dredge Fairway would be considered a constructive total loss after being rammed by a container vessel in China on March 8. (See container Vessel Rams W.D. Fairway, IDR, March/April 2007, page 11.)

Odom Delivers 29 Sounders to China

. Odom Hydrographic Systems, Inc and Geo Marine Technology Ltd, Odoms representative in China, announce the delivery of 16 Odom MKIII dual frequency echo sounders and 13 Odom Hydrotrac single frequency echo sounders to the Marine Safety Administration (MSA) in China.

Contract Awards March 16 through May 9, 2007

OCC Joins COWI North America

. Ocean and Coastal Consultants (OCC), has become a member of COWI North America, Inc., which is part of COWI A/S of Lyngby, Denmark.

VPA Awards Craney Island Design Contract

. The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) has awarded a $10 million design contract to Craney Island Design Partners LLC to expand Craney Island eastward, and to turn the site into a new port facility.

Woodley Addresses Beach Group

. In his address to members of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) on March 21, John Paul Woodley, Jr., the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, announced that the federal Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are working on an approach for a long-term solution to the issue of periodic beach renourishment.

Great Lakes Announces First Quarter Profit

. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation reported revenue of $126.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, a 17 percent increase from first quarter 2006 revenue of $108.4 million.

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