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November-December 2007

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Great Lakes Purchases Brazilian Dredges

. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ: GLDD) announced on October 22, 2007 that it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase two dredges from Dragaport Ltda.

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Meets in New Orleans: Program gives good overview of dredging in the area

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Meets in New Orleans: Program gives good overview of dredging in the area

. The Gulf Coast Chapter of WEDA met on November 15 and 16, 2007 in New Orleans after a two-year hiatus as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Regional Corps of Engineers/Industry meeting.

Marine Aggregate Producers Issue Sustainability and Economic Reports

. The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association has launched two new reports that both help to engender a greater understanding of the sectors sustainable development footprint and underline its importance to the economy of the United Kingdom.

Corps Districts Purchase Odom ES3 Systems

. The Corps of Engineers Philadelphia and Huntington Districts have purchased ES3 multibeam systems from Odom Hydrographic Systems, Inc.

Congress Overrides WRDA Veto

. The House of Representatives voted to override the presidents veto of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) by a vote of 361 to 54 on November 6. The Senate followed suit, overriding the veto by a vote of 79 to 14, on November 8, 2007.

2007 Index of Features, Volume 26

. Listing, by category, of articles published in 2007 issues, Volume 26, of International Dredging Review.

Boskalis Places Order With Chinese Shipyard For Large Fallpipe Vessel

. On November 15, 2007, Royal Boskalis Westminster nv placed an order with the Chinese shipyard Yantai Raffles Shipyard Limited for a 21,500-ton offshore fallpipe vessel.

Jan De Nul Group, Baulderstone-Hornibrook Win Botany Expansion

. Jan De Nul Group has won an AUS$1 billion design/build contract in partnership with its Australian partner Baulderstone-Hornibrook for the expansion of Port Botany Container Terminal in New South Wales, Australia.

IHC Companies Merge To form IHC Merwede

IHC Companies Merge To form IHC Merwede

. As of November 6, 2007, IHC Holland was integrated with its parent company IHC Holland Merwede BV, to form one company to be known as IHC Merwede BV.

Great Lakes Group Endorses Ballast Water Bills

. The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has endorsed two ballast water bills now before Congress.

A 2007 Retrospective

Letter to the Editor from Chuck Hummer

. ALS Association fundraiser

Events November-December 2007

. Future events of interest.

URS Corporation Acquires Washington Group International

. URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) announced on November 15, 2007 that it had acquired Washington Group International, Inc. (NYSE: WNG) for approximately $3.1 billion.

Dredging Contracts October 22 through November 30, 2007

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HYPACK 2008 Will be Introduced At Savannah Conference

HYPACK 2008 Will be Introduced At Savannah Conference

. The three-day HYPACK training session on January 6 through 9 will cover the new features of HYPACK 2008, which will be introduced at the conference.

TMT Introduces Underwater, Remotely Controlled Dredge

TMT Introduces Underwater, Remotely Controlled Dredge

Tornado Motion Technologies has developed a remotely-controlled dredge that can operate at unlimited depths and pump 2000 feet without a booster.

Gavia AUV Produces Images of Arctic Ice

Gavia AUV Produces Images of Arctic Ice

The GAVIA man-portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has returned from its latest trip to the Arctic circle, where it collected bathymetry and side scan data from the underside of the Arctic ice sheet.

ADB Funds Damietta, Egypt Container Terminal

. On December 5, 2007, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved a US$150 million loan to finance the Damietta container terminal on Egypts Mediterranean coast.

CEDA Dredging Days 2007: Dont Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.

CEDA Dredging Days 2007: Dont Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.

Tomorrow always seems rather far away. But if one thing was clear from this years annual CEDA Dredging Days held in the Ahoy Conference Center in Rotterdam from November 7 through 9 tomorrow is actually here and now.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG To Feature Safety Zone

. The CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 exhibition, to be held March 11- 15 in Las Vegas, will focus on industry safety training and the need for a qualified industry workforce

Hemisphere GPS Offers XF100 for Handheld Mapping

Hemisphere GPS Offers XF100 for Handheld Mapping

. Hemisphere GPS announced on November 19 that it had incorporated their Crescent GPS technology into a series of ruggedized handheld receivers for entry-level surveying and professional GIS applications such as mapping utility infrastructures or municipality assets.

Van Oord Building Guatemalan Fishing Port

. Van Oord has won a contract to build a new fishing port at the Port of Champerico, Guatemala. The contract value is 24 million.

H.R. Wallingford Acquires DRL

H.R. Wallingford Acquires DRL

Nick Bray, director of Dredging Research Ltd. (DRL), has announced that the company has been acquired by H.R. Wallingford Ltd.

Berth 59, Elizabeth, New Jersey: Survey, Marine Salvage and Diving Companies Remove Large Object from the Channel

Berth 59, Elizabeth, New Jersey: Survey, Marine Salvage and Diving Companies Remove Large Object from the Channel

In July, 2007, several containers fell or were knocked from a ship unloading in Berth 59 at the Port of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The terminal operator retained Donjon Marine to locate and remove them, using the crane barge Columbia New York.

Port Group Applauds WRDA Veto Override

Congress Overrides WRDA Veto

Congress Overrides WRDA Veto

AAPA Responds to WRDA Veto Override

Great Lakes Group Calls for Override of Vetoed Water Bill

The Great Lakes shipping industry is calling on Congress to override President Bush's veto of legislation that will accelerate dredging and authorize construction of a second Poe-sized Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. These provisions and others benefiting the Lakes are included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 vetoed by the president on Friday, November 2.

Great Lakes Group Calls for Override of WRDA Veto

Bush Vetoes WRDA Bill; Ports Urge Congress to Override

As expected, President Bush today vetoed the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (HR 1495), which would authorize critically needed legislation to advance water resources projects throughout the United States, including those that would improve navigation, repair hurricane damage, restore wetlands and prevent flooding. In response, America's seaports and related port industries will mount a "full-court press" on Congress to lock-in the first veto override of the Bush Administration.

WEDA Issues Call for Papers for 2008 Annual Meeting

The Western Dredging Association technical paper committee has issued a call for papers for its 18th annual meeting and Texas A&M annual dredging seminar, to be held June 8 through 11 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bush Vetoes WRDA Bill; Ports Urge Congress to Override

President Bush today vetoed the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (HR 1495), which would authorize critically needed legislation to advance water resources projects throughout the United States, including those that would improve navigation, repair hurricane damage, restore wetlands and prevent flooding. In response, America's seaports and related port industries will mount a "full-court press" on Congress to lock in the first veto override of the Bush Administration.

Dragages Ports Christens Gambe dAmfard

Dragages Ports Christens Gambe dAmfard

In a festive ceremony mid-July, Dragages Ports christened their new hopper dredge Gambe dAmfard. Dragages Ports is the French government-owned dredging company.

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