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November-December 2012

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IRPT President Extols the Lock and Dam System

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, president of the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals association, writes: We all know the cost effectiveness of barges and that a 15-barge tow carries the same amount of product as 225 rail cars or nearly 1,000 trucks in a far safer and less polluting manner. We certainly have the safest, most cost-effective and least polluting transportation mode, and we proudly share that with others. Why then is it so darn difficult to get ANY money directed toward maintaining or upgrading our locks and dams?

Boskalis on Course for Acquisition of Dockwise

2012 Index of Articles

A listing of all articles appearing in IDR in 2012. Key to issue numbers: #1 - January/February; #2 - March/April; #3 - May/June; #4 - July/August; #5 - September/October; #6 - November/December

DREDGING ROUNDUP North America

News items of interest to the dredging industry

Third Year of Hudson River Dredging Ends

Third Year of Hudson River Dredging Ends

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that when the third season of dredging ends in mid-November, a total of more than 1.3 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment contaminated will have been removed from the Hudson River since the project began in 2009.

NRC Says Corps of Engineers Infrastructure on an Unsustainable Path

The National Research Council (NRC) committee on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering and Planning has released a report entitled Corps of Engineers Water Resources Structure: Deterioration, Investment or Divestment? It reports that the Corps has been unable to maintain its navigation channels, locks, dams, and levees in recent years because of constantly declining budgets.

On the cover IMS Aquatic Weed Harvester Destroying Totora  in Laguna de Colta, Ecuador

On the cover IMS Aquatic Weed Harvester Destroying Totora in Laguna de Colta, Ecuador

Local authorities in the municipality of Colta, Ecuador recently purchased an IMS Model 5012 LP Versi-Dredge with 12-inch discharge, newly-developed Razor Tooth Weedmaster Cutterhead aquatic plant harvester and interchangeable horizontal cutterhead.

CableArm Bucket on the Job at Pickering, Ontario

CableArm Bucket on the Job at Pickering, Ontario

DREDGING ROUNDUP Latin America

News items about Cuba; Puerto Rico; Brazil, Uruguay, Nicaragua; Panama; Costa Rica; Venezuela; Colombia; Argentina; Bolivia; El Salvador; Suriname

Paraguay Dealing with Lethal Algae Bloom in Ypacara Lake

Paraguay Dealing with Lethal Algae Bloom in Ypacara Lake

Paraguayans are worried that their favorite resort lake could become a memory as it becomes increasingly choked with contamination and toxic algae. One of the proposed solutions to the problem is to conduct environmental dredging of the lake but leaders in Paraguay are still split about whether this is the most effective method to stop the bacteria.

Dredging Highlights from the Past

Highlights of dredging news from 1977, 1982, 1992, and 2002

Virgin Islands Port Authority to Expand Channel

Your economy depends on cruise ship tourism. The cruise ship industry demands you dredge your port deeper to prepare for a new class of larger ships on an extremely tight timeline. But your the ports doesnt really have the financing to pay for such an ambitious project, especially on short notice. What do you do?

Philip Spadaro Joins The Intelligence Group

Philip Spadaro has joined The Intelligence Group as a managing director in the companys Environmental Services Practice.

Indian Port Considers 20-Year Dredging Contract

Ongoing dredging difficulties at the port of Kochi (Cochin) are threatening the performance of one of Indias showcase projects, the Vallarpadam Island container transshipment terminal. As a result, the port is studying the feasibility of opening bids for an unprecedented 20-year dredging contract.

St. Paul District Orders Boat and Sweep System from Ross Labs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District has awarded a contract to Ross Laboratories, Inc. of Seattle, Washington to provide a turn-key multi-channel sweep system installed on a 24-foot Armstrong Marine aluminum work boat.

Corps Seeks Exemption from Savannah Approval

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked Congress to give it a formal exemption from the need to get permit approval from South Carolina to dredge Savannah Harbor.

Great Lakes Group Cites Navigation Constraints, Calls for Adequate Dredging Funds

October 4, 2012. The water levels on the Great Lakes have begun their seasonal decline, so the impacts of the dredging crisis will become even more pronounced in the fourth quarter. Even before the lakes began their dip, the largest ships were forfeiting more than 6,200 tons of cargo each trip. In the weeks and months ahead, each inch that the lakes decline will slash another 50 to 270 tons from the already deflated totals.

BMT Secures Maintenance Dredging Planning Contract for Rio Tinto

BMT Secures Maintenance Dredging Planning Contract for Rio Tinto

265 BMT JFA Consultants (BMT) of Western Australia, a subsidiary of engineering and risk management consultant BMT Group Ltd., has been commissioned by Pilbara Iron Company Pty. Ltd. (part of the Rio Tinto Group) to provide specialist dredging consultancy services. The objective is to prepare a maintenance dredging plan (MDP) for Rio Tintos iron ore export operations at the ports of Dampier and Cape Lambert on the northwest coast of Western Australia.

Vogt Represents WODA at London Convention Event

Vogt Represents WODA at London Convention Event

Craig Vogt represented the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) at a meeting of contracting parties to the 1972 London Convention and its 1996 Protocol (LC/LP), held October 29 through November 2. The meeting was held at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and included a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the LC, which was signed on Nov. 13, 1972.

AGG1 and World of Asphalt Already Record Size

Darcy Outlines Administration's Dredging Policy in Dredging 2012 Keynote Speech

Darcy Outlines Administration's Dredging Policy in Dredging 2012 Keynote Speech

Secretary Darcys keynote address at Dredging 2012 describes the Obama Administrations initiatives and policies regarding dredging and waterborne transportation, which will continue in the Presidents second term. During Dredging 2012 in San Diego on October 23, Assistant Secretary of the Army (CW), the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, spoke at the Opening Plenary Session about the mission of the Army Secretariat Civil Works under the Obama Administration, the current initiatives for navigation, and how to move the nations waterways into the future. Our challenge is to carry out these missions, balancing the engineering, the economy, and the environment, Secretary Darcy said.

Elastec/ American Marine Wins Award for Innovation

Elastec/ American Marine Wins Award for Innovation

On The Today Show on October 1, Popular Mechanics magazine awarded Elastec/American Marine a 2012 Breakthrough Award for its patented Grooved Disc oil skimmer technology. The awards, now in their eighth year, recognize innovators and products that have dramatically advanced the fields of technology, medicine, space exploration, automotive design, environmental engineering and more.

EPA Releases $243 Million Grasse River Cleanup Plan

After years of study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated river sediment at the Grasse River Superfund site in Massena, New York, downstream of where Alcoa Inc. has operated an aluminum smelting and manufacturing plant since 1903. The Grasse River flows northeast and empties into the St. Lawrence Seaway.

ASL Group Acquires VOSTA LMG

VOSTA LMG has announced that effective on November 12, a conditional sale and purchase agreement of VOSTA LMG Group of Companies and CFT International GmbH by a company of ASL Marine Group has been agreed upon.

Dredging 2012 Looked at 40 Years of Innovation

Dredging 2012 Looked at 40 Years of Innovation

1570 Words Dredging 2012, the fourth in a series of international conferences held every ten years, gathered in San Diego, California on October 22 through 25. The conference was a look back at 40 years of dredging and environmental innovation and the future of the industry.

Hurricane Sandy Stops Dredging Projects; Devastates U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Sandy Stops Dredging Projects; Devastates U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Sandy came ashore on the U.S. East Coast on the evening of Monday, October 29 in a swath that affected the shoreline from South Carolina to New York.

November-December 2012 Editorial

Washington must do its job; comparing horses to Congress

Dredging Contracts - Sept. 11 through October 23, 2012

Boskalis Acquires Dockwise Shares

ASL Marine Group Acquires VOSTA LMG

C-NAV Opens Maca, Brazil Office

Boustany in Runoff Election

Maritime Industry Responding to Hurricane Sandy

Construction Spending at a Three Year High

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