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R.S. Weeks to Dredge In Southwest Pass

CORRECTION: Panama Conference Dates

Wilber Rodriguez Dies

WEDA Panama Chapter Issues Call for Papers

Taylor Announces Jupiter Inlet Sand Trap Dredging Contract

Sealed bids for the Jupiter Inlet Sand Trap Dredging will be received by the Jupiter Inlet District at its offices at 400 North Delaware Blvd. Jupiter, Florida 33458 until 2:00 p.m., local time, Tuesday, January 12, 2010, then publicly opened and read aloud.

Panama Chapter Issues Call for Papers for April Meeting

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Panama Chapter has issued a call for papers for its annual meeting to be held April 26 through 28, 2010 at the Hotel El Panama Convention Center in Panama, Republic of Panama. The theme of the conference is Dredging and the Panama Canal Expansion An Update and will focus on dredging and environmental issues associated with dredging projects in Panama.

Taylor Announces Jupiter Inlet Sand Trap Contract

Ritchie Bros. To Acquire Martella Auction Company

AGC Predicts Drop in Federal Highway and Transit Funding

Contractors Launch Ad Campaign Calling for Funding

AGC Predicts Drop in Federal Transportation Funding in 2010

Nearly 20 percent decline in construction spending will cost more than 430,000 jobs next year for hard hit Construction industry and other fields. Federal investments in highways and transit systems are expected to decline by over $15 billion in 2010 compared to this year according to analysis of transportation spending trends conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The estimated 19.3 percent drop in federal formula and stimulus funding for transportation projects next year is likely to force more than 430,000 layoffs throughout the economy, the association predicted.

Markel Ventures Acquires Ellicott Dredges

CARIS Seeks Papers for March User Conference

CARIS is accepting submissions for papers for its annual International User Group Conference, CARIS 2010: Stronger Together People, Products, Infrastructure. The five-day event will be held from March 22 through 25, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners Approve Waterfront Redevelopment

Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners Approve Waterfront Redevelopment

On September 30, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the San Pedro Waterfront Project. The 400-acre waterfront infrastructure and revitalization initiative will extend from the Ports inner harbor cruise facilities to Cabrillo Beach in the outer harbor. Included in the plans are the creation of three new small harbors for visiting and commercial boats along the waterfront, requiring 605,000 cubic yards of dredging.

IHC Launches Boskalis Hopper Dredge Gateway

IHC Merwede held a naming and launch ceremony for the 12,000 cubic meter hopper dredge Gateway on September 26. The event took place at the companys yard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands.

WEDA and Texas A&M Honor Larry Patella

WEDA and Texas A&M Honor Larry Patella

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and the Texas A&M Center for Dredging Studies honored Larry Patella with two separate awards in June. Both awards were given in the course of the WEDA 29th annual meeting and Texas A&M 40th Dredging Seminar in Tempe, Arizona.

Sanborn Joins Moffatt & Nichol

David C. Sanborn has joined Moffatt & Nichol as senior port consultant, the company announced on November 2.

Port Hueneme CAD Project Wins AAPA Award

Port Hueneme CAD Project Wins AAPA Award

The American Association of Port Authorities presented the 2009 Facilities Engineering Award of Excellence to the Port Hueneme California Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) site. Anchor QEA provided environmental review, permitting support, design, construction document development, and construction support for the Southern California CAD facility, and Manson Construction Company was the contractor.

Kingston Cleanup Past Halfway Point

Ten months after 5.4 million cubic yards of wet fly ash burst an earthen containment pond owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and spilled into the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee Rivers and across 300 acres of land at Kingston, Tennessee, the cleanup is making good progress and has removed more than 1.5 million of the three million cubic yards of ash from the Emory River. The effort is headed for a target date of having all ash out of the river by April 2010.

Manson Christens Offshore Vessel EP Paup

On August 29, Manson Construction Company christened the EP Paup at the companys Houma, Louisiana yard. The new vessel is a 1000-ton derrick barge that will serve the Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Industry.

Bo Temple Is New Corps Deputy Commanding General

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced on October 16 that Major General Merdith W.B. (Bo) Temple will become the Deputy Commanding General (DCG) of the Corps of Engineers in January 2010.

WEDA 29th Annual Meeting Held in Tempe, Arizona

WEDA 29th Annual Meeting Held in Tempe, Arizona

The Western Dredging Association 29th Annual Meeting and Texas A&M 40th Dredging Seminar were held at the Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona on June 14 through 17. The theme was The Importance of Dredging, and 35 technical presentations on this theme were given.

HYPACK 2010 Features Announced for January Users Conference

Export to Google Earth, improved OpenGL graphics, new sonar interfaces, new SURVEY window, and new ADCP logging and processing capabilities are among the new HYPACK software features to be demonstrated at the 2010 HYPACK annual training conference. The event will take place from Monday, January 18 through Thursday, January 21 at the new Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Tampa, Florida. The training will cover all the aspects of single beam and multi-beam hydrographic surveying and dredge management using HYPACK, HYSWEEP and DREDGEPACK packages.

Orion Reports Third Quarter Results; Record Backlog

On November 5, Orion Marine Group, Inc. (NYSE: ORN) reported net income for the three months ended September 30, 2009, of $5.4 million ($0.22 diluted earnings per share). These results compare to net income of $3.8 million ($0.17 diluted earnings per share) for the same period a year ago.

Instructions for Installing Dual GPS Antennas

Trimble has provided these instructions for mounting GPS antennas when using Trimble SPS361 and SPS461 heading receivers and SPSx51+SPS551H, which are dual-antenna systems.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Reports Record Bidding Activity, Brings Two Dredges Back to U.S.

On November 3, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation NASDAQ:GLDD) reported financial results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009. ARRA and beach projects are cited as two reasons for an unusually good quarter and nine months ended September 30.

New Products: SF Marina USA; VOSTA LMG; HollandMT

New Products: SF Marina USA; VOSTA LMG; HollandMT

Descriptions of new concrete docks, a small multi-functional dredge and a specialized excavator equipped with a Liebherr excavator.

DEME Wins IADC Safety Award

The Board of the International Association of Dredging Contractors (IADC) has presented its 2009 Safety Award to DEME Environmental Contractors (DEC), for its safety performance on the project Remediation of the Acid Tar Lagoons in Rieme, Belgium.

Jorge Gardea-Torresdey Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

The University of Texas at El Paso announced that Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Chemistry, has been honored with the 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award by SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Boskalis Reports 102.7 Million Half-Year Net Profit

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. realized a net profit of 102.7 million in the first half of 2009, compared to 110.0 million in the first half of 2008, excluding a non-recurring gain relating to the hopper dredge W.D. Fairway ( 92.0 million).

2009 INDEX OF FEATURES

List of all articles and features that appeared in IDR in 2009, sorted by topic

U.S. CONTRACT AWARDS July 31 - November 3, 2009

Collins to Head ESCO Engineered Products

Cal Collins has been promoted to president of ESCOs Engineered Products Group. The announcement was made on September 3 by Larry Huget, ESCOs president and chief operating officer.

Stimulus Funding Helps Navigation Infrastructure

In the U.S., the Recovery Act (Stimulus) funds have made the year very profitable for navigation dredging and environmental remediation.

Van Oord to Dredge in Suape, Brazil

Van Oord, Suape, Brazil, Complexo Industrial Portuario Governador Eraldo Gueiros, 2009, overseas dredging contracts

Port of Houston Commissioners Consider Funding for Dredging

Marine Beacons Rushed to Gulf Coast

Boskalis, Smit Agree to Merge

CARIS Seeks Papers for March User Conference

CARIS is accepting submissions for papers for its annual International User Group Conference, CARIS 2010: Stronger Together People, Products, Infrastructure. The five-day event will be held from March 22 through 25, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

CARIS Seeks Papers for March User Conference

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