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May-June 2013

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Editorial

Editorial

This issue, May/June 2013, is my last as editor of IDR. Starting on June 1, I will be editor emeritus, the “face of IDR”, feature writer and advisor. You’ll keep hearing from me, because my job will be to know what is happening in the industry.

Dredging Roundup – North America

News items from North America of interest to the dredging community.

Dredging Roundup – Latin America

News items from Latin America of interest to the dredging community.

Events

Business Happens Where People Meet

DREDGING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST

News items from our archives in 1977, 1983, 1993, 2003, and 2008.

Contracts

A summary of dredging contracts awarded in the United States from January 29, 2013 to April 24, 2013.

Port of Los Angeles Celebrates  53-foot Deepening

Port of Los Angeles Celebrates 53-foot Deepening

On April 3, the Port of Los Angeles celebrated the completion of its latest deepening project. The 10-year, $370 million project brought the main channel and turning basins to 53 feet. This is the latest milestone in a project that started in 1980 to deepen the then-35-foot channel to accommodate modern vessels. It was deepened to 84 feet in 1984.

GLDD Terminates Shipyard Contract; Is Seeking Another Dredge Builder

On April 17, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) announced that it had terminated its contract with shipyard Signal International Inc. for building a new trailing suction hopper dredge.

Senate Passes WRDA; Still Up For Vote in the House

The U.S. Senate has passed S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA) in May, and the bill’s fate is now with the House of Representatives, as it holds subcommittee hearings in preparation for a vote.

Ruud Ouwerkerk Retires  from DTC

Ruud Ouwerkerk Retires from DTC

In February, Ruud Ouwerkerk, president of DTC (Dredge Technology Corporation) sent a letter informing his North American colleagues, including those at IDR, of his forthcoming retirement and the resulting changes in his corporation Dredge Technology Corporation (DTC) is the North American office of Dutch dredge builder IHC Merwede.

House and Senate Still Working on FY14 Budget

The House and Senate budgets were both passed in March. Eli Zupnick, spokesperson for the Senate (Majority) Budget Committee, said the president weighed in with his proposal, “and now we are hoping to move to a conference committee and work toward a bipartisan budget deal.”

Damen Completes Hopper Dredge

Damen Completes Hopper Dredge

In May, the hopper dredge Jean Ango was delivered to its owner, Dragages-Ports for maintaining the French river Seine. The 1,500-cubic-meter (about 1,965-cubic-yard) dredge was designed and built in Spain by Astilleros de Murueta, using Damen dredging equipment.

Buckets for Maintenance Dredging

Buckets for Maintenance Dredging

This environmental clamshell is under construction for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) at Cable Arm’s facility near Detroit. GLDD will use the bucket to remove maintenance material prior to deepening the channel in the Arthur Kill at the Port of New York and New Jersey. At a 1.8-foot depth of cut, the bucket has a capacity of 30 cubic yards. Marinex Construction Company has ordered a 50-cubic-yard bucket, and Cashman Dredging has ordered a 70-cubic-yard bucket from Cable Arm, both for maintenance dredging.

Detroit District Awards Green Bay  Maintenance Contract to Roen Salvage

Detroit District Awards Green Bay Maintenance Contract to Roen Salvage

Roen Salvage Company has won a $1,741,400 contract for maintenance dredging in Green Bay Harbor. It is a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) from the Detroit Engineer District.

Boskalis and Van Oord  Complete First Stages of Maasvlakte 2

Boskalis and Van Oord Complete First Stages of Maasvlakte 2

Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors B.V. (Van Oord) and Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) completed the first stage of Maasvlakte 2, an expansion of the Port of Rotterdam on April 17. PUMA, the joint venture of the two contractors, started the project five years ago.

McKee Is Permanent Navigation Chief

Jeffrey McKee, acting chief of the Corps of Engineers Navigation Branch since December, 2012, has been permanently appointed to that position, as of May 17.

President Obama Visits Ellicott

President Obama Visits Ellicott

President Barack Obama toured Ellicott Dredges on Friday, May 17, as part of his program to promote jobs and opportunities for the middle class.

IADC Seminar Students Tour Açu Superport

IADC Seminar Students Tour Açu Superport

For millennia, the most action happening in the vast and sparsely populated expanse of jungle-backed beach south of São João da Barra, Brazil, was the sea turtle nesting season. Starting each December, the shelled giants would crawl out of the water and lay their eggs along the wide stretches of white sand; by March, tens of thousands of infant marine turtles would be journeying into the sea for the first time.

Van Oord’s Newest Dredge Artemis to Dredge Harbor in Western France

Van Oord’s Newest Dredge Artemis to Dredge Harbor in Western France

Van Oord delivered the newest addition to its fleet, Artemis, whose first project will be deepening the Grand Port Maritime de la Rochelle harbor basin and dredging a trench in the access channel.

Students Get Hands-On Experience at  IADC Seminar in Brazil

Students Get Hands-On Experience at IADC Seminar in Brazil

Our group pored for days over what we were sure was the best and most efficient plan to dredge El Salvadorian bay Puerto Cortes and reclaim land there for a new wharf. We had gotten as far as making cost estimates and evaluating how long it would take to mobilize our equipment from Venezuela to the dredging site, if we won the bid. We had gone through the pre-bid meeting and thought we had all the information we needed to make what we hoped would be the winning offer less than 24 hours later.

GLDD Wins Miami Deepening Contract

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ:GLDD), announced on May 16 that it had been awarded a $122 million contract to deepen Miami Harbor. The project is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and will deepen Miami’s shipping channel to 50 feet. The Corps of Engineers awarded the base work for this project, which includes deepening the offshore entrance channel. Option work involving the deepening of the inner channels to provide access to the port’s berthing areas is expected to be awarded by January 31, 2014. These options, if awarded, will bring the value of the project to $206 million.

Battelle Conference Examined All Aspects of  Contaminated Sediment Removal and Treatment

Battelle Conference Examined All Aspects of Contaminated Sediment Removal and Treatment

The environmental dredging community was well-represented at the Battelle Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments at the Dallas, Texas Hyatt Regency Hotel on February 4 through 7.

WEDA Midwest Chapter Meets in St. Louis

WEDA Midwest Chapter Meets in St. Louis

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