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Abstract Deadline for WEDA/TAMU Extended

Van Raalte, Bray to Lead Dredging Seminar

Manufacturers Praise Korean Deal

NMDC to Dredge Ruwais Channel

National Marine Dredging Company will dredge a new access channel and turning basin for a new sulfur handling terminal near Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. The design depth of the channel and basin is 16.1 meters (5

Herbie Maurer Honored by Galveston District, Continues Varied Consulting Career after Retirement

A profile of Herbie Maurer, his 40-year career with the Galveston District, Corps of Engineers, a description of his post-retirement consulting business and some of Herbie's sage advice to young engineers.

Bristol Appoints Engineers for Deep Terminal Project

The Bristol Port Company has appointed specialist maritime engineers joint venture Construct Bristol Terminal(CBT) to carry out detailed site investigation work for its planned deepwater terminal.

Port Authority Could Fund New Delaware River Dredging Phase

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority may step in to provide funding for the channel-deepening projects next phase,

Port of New Orleans Christens New 24-Inch Dredge Edward S. Ned Reed

The Port of New Orleans christened its new dredge, the Edward S. Ned Reed on August 27.

Smart Rivers Abstract Deadline January 24

Water Resources Coalition Supports H.R. 6184

The Water Resources Coalition sent a letter the last week of October urging Congress to support H.R. 6184a bill to amend a provision in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000. The bill would to extend and modify Section 214 by allowing the Secretary of the Army to accept and expend funds contributed by non-federal entities to expedite the evaluation of permits. Without the legislation, Section 214 will expire on December 31st.

International Dredging Review 2010 Index of Articles

Categorized summary of all articles that appeared in the six issues of IDR in 2010. Some articles are in several locations.

Jan De Nul to Deepen Callao

On September 28, Jan De Nul Group signed a contract with the Peruvian Government for the further deepening of the access channel to the port of Callao.

Padma Bridge Proposals Received

Eleven international companies have applied for pre-qualification (PQ) for the river training contract connected with the Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh.

Maasvlakte 2 is On Schedule

Since work began on Rotterdams Maasvlakte 2 two years ago, 170 million cubic meters of sand has been brought in.

Damen Delivers Customized DOP Pumps to Antwerp, Belgium

In September, Damen Dredging Equipment delivered two customized DOP submersible dredge pumps and ladders to SeReAnt for Belgiums Antwerp Harbor tributyltin (TBT) clean-up project

DREDGING Highlights from the Past

News items from 30, 20 and 10 years ago.

Orion Christens Newest Dredge Linda LaQuay

On August 27 Orion Marine Group christened its newest dredge, the Linda LaQuay in Port Lavaca, Texas. The 15,000 horsepower, 24-inch cutter suction dredge with 75-foot digging depth is the largest in Orions fleet and one of the most powerful of its kind in the western Gulf of Mexico, said Waymon Boyd, vice chairman of King Fisher Marine Service.

Bearing on Al Sadr Cutter Shaft Lasts 10 Years with Little Wear

The cutter shaft bearing on NMDC's 27,500 hp Al Sadr was replaced last summer after 10 years of hard use, but could have gone on 10 more years, as it showed little wear.

McDougall Acquires DMC

Nashville-based John W. McDougall Co., Inc. has purchased Dredge & Marine Corporation (DMC), which is headquartered in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

Containment Boom a Major Player in Oil Spill Response

While most photos of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico over the summer included pictures of floating boom corralling oil and protecting wetlands and shorelines, it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the scope of the containment boom part of the project. As a start, this month we relate the experiences of several manufacturers, which will give an inside view of how the crisis was handled in these companies.

An "Energetic Government" Aids Exports

DSC Exports 18 Vessels in First Half of 2010

On July 23, DSC reported that in the first two quarters of the year, they had exported, delivered, and commissioned 18 projects internationally. For 2010, the company expects to exceed its 2009 performance in revenues and number of projects completed.

Ellicott Reports Half of Sales are Exports

Paul Quinn, vice president of Sales for Ellicott Dredges, reports that the company has exported more than 10 cutterhead dredges so far this year. Exports account for more than 50 percent of the companys sales. Ellicott models 370, 670, 1170 and 1870 were delivered to Southeast Asia, Central Asia, including Bangladesh; South America, including Colombia; and Nigeria. The dredges are being used for a range of applications, including navigation dredging, sand and mineral mining, flood control and land reclamation.

Don King is Marking 50 Years in Dredge Building and Exporting

Don King has been in the dredging business for 50 years, and plans to continue in the business as executive vice president of Dredge & Marine Corporation, which he sold to John W. McDougall Co., Inc. in September. This article re-caps his career, in the process describing the histories of AMMCO, Dixie Dredge Corporation, DredgeMasters International and Dredge & Marine Corp.

DSCs Corporate Culture is Evolving as the Company Expands its Global Presence

DSC Dredge LLC, continues to ship dredges to international customers, in an expansion that is an evolution of the companys culture. DSC Dredge LLC includes Dredging Supply Company, Inc., Best Equipment, M&S Equipment, Better Dredges, Inc., W&S Dredge Manufacturer, Reliable Gulf South LLC, Dredge Surplus, and Dragados Sud-America (DSA). Over the summer, DSC delivered a Marlin class dredge and work boat to Azikel Dredging & Construction of Yenagoa, Nigeria, and spent several weeks testing and preparing the equipment for its rigorous work schedule.

Lagan River Project Underway in Belfast

Graham Construction of Northern Ireland has been awarded a 2.7m (US$4.3 million) contract to dredge the River Lagan in Belfast.

August 23 - November 3, 2010

Dredging contract awards in the U.S. - August 23 through November 2, 2010

President Obama Notes U.S. Exports to India

During his November visit as part of the National Export Initiative, President Obama noted that Indiawith its tremendous economic growth and its large and growing middle classis a key market for U.S. exports. Those exports are generating jobs in every corner of the United States and across every major sector. These involve some of our countrys largest companies, but also an increasing number of small and medium-sized enterprises, stated a White House press release, which mentioned Ellicott's delivery of two dredges to Maharashtra Maritime Board in India.

Weir Group Acquires Linatex

The Weir Group PLC finalized the acquisition of the Linatex group of companies on September 17, 2010.

Jerry Farmer Remembers DMCs Early Years

Jerry Farmer, who was Don Kings partner in establishing DMC, sent this reminiscence of the beginnings of the company.

Caterpillar to Acquire Bucyrus

GLDD to Present at Investment Conference

Pasig River Maintenance Complete

281 The Pasig River maintenance dredging project has been completed by Baggerwerken Decloedt & Zoon (BDZ), who turned the river over to the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) on October 11two months ahead of schedule. The river had become clogged with tons and tons of debris and sludge dumped into the waterway by residential houses and industrial firms over the years. Several years ago, the Pasig was declared biologically dead, and it was a flooding threat to the residents of Metro Manila.

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