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November-December 2013

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Great Lakes Reports Record Third Quarter Results

In a conference call with investors, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation CEO Jonathan Berger and CFO William Steckel reported that the company had revenue of $198.8 million, net income of $1.4 million and adjusted EBITDA of $19.6 million for the third quarter, an all-time third quarter high for the company. The total company backlog, including seven dredging projects worth more than $10 million each, is a record $606 million, excluding $94.6 million in domestic dredging low bids and options pending awards.

DREDGING ROUNDUP North America

Spotlight on Conrad and Detyens Shipyards

Spotlight on Conrad and Detyens Shipyards

Conrad Deepwater Shipyard in Amelia, Louisiana, performs repairs on all types of dredging equipment. Its customers include Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel, Mike Hooks, Manson, Weeks and Great Lakes. Some of the dredges the company has worked on are: for Mike Hooks, Dredge 32, Dredge Mike Hooks, and Missouri H; for Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel, Dredge Marion and Alabama; for Weeks Marine, RS Weeks and EW Ellefsen; for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Key West, California, Texas and Alaska: and for Manson Construction Company, Bayport and Newport.

Jan De Nul Fleet Dredges 14 Million CY in 10 Weeks

Jan De Nul Fleet Dredges 14 Million CY in 10 Weeks

The Russian branch of Jan De Nul N.V. sent 18 vessels to dredge 10 million cubic meters (14 million cubic yards) for the future liquefied natural gas (LNG) Port of Sabetta, located on the Yamal Peninsula in Northern Russia.

DSC Dredge Joins Department of Commerce for Trade Mission

DSC Dredge Joins Department of Commerce for Trade Mission

DSC Dredge, LLC was invited by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to join twelve other U.S. companies on a trade mission to the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand in September 2013. The focus of the trade mission was on helping these countries address their growing energy and environmental needs. While most of the companies on the trip addressed renewable energy, DSC was one of the few able to focus on the environmental needs of each of the countries. Charles Sinunu, international sales director for DSC Dredge, as well as DSC local representatives in Asia participated during this weeklong trip.

Vortex performs maintenance in Sacramento and Stockton Ship Channels

Vortex performs maintenance in Sacramento and Stockton Ship Channels

At the end of August, Vortex Marine Construction, Inc. of Oakland, California, began maintenance dredging in the Sacramento and Stockton deepwater ship channels. The Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will likely ask for an extension, past the dredge window, to finish in December.

Partrac Celebrates 10 Years

Partrac Celebrates 10 Years

Partrac Ltd. celebrated a ten-year anniversary in September. The three founding directors Kevin Black, Peter Wilson and Sam Athey, started Partrac Ltd. in 2003, and the company now has 22 staff and a warehouse full of the latest marine technology, including a number of innovative and unique marine instruments and technologies.

PIANC World Congress Planned for San Francisco

The U.S. Section of PIANC (World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure) will host the 33rd PIANC World Congress 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in California, June 1 – 5, 2014.

Louisiana Mitigation Bank Approved to Supply Credits

Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC announced the approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District of a new 867.9- acre wetland and stream mitigation bank serving north and central Louisiana. The Little Eva Mitigation Bank, located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, will establish and maintain 770.5 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands, more than 13,590 linear feet of stream and nearly 60 acres of riparian buffer habitat. Mitigation credits resulting from restoration efforts within the project area will be used to compensate for unavoidable wetland and stream impacts from permitted project activity in the Red River Drainage Basin.

Hypack 2014 Planned for Mobile, Alabama

Dawson Making Frac Sand from Tailings

Dawson Making Frac Sand from Tailings

Since 2008, Ricky Dawson, of Bluff Creek WAM, has been using the Pump Vacuum Systems (PVS) JetPump to mine and separate aggregates from sand in two locations in Louisiana. (See IDR, January/February 2008, Jet Pump Drives Portable Unit that Re-Mines Tailings.) Because the sand did not meet the size requirements for concrete or hydraulic fracturing (frac) sand, it was stockpiled.

DREDGING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST

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DREDGING ROUNDUP Latin America

Contracts

A summary of dredging contracts awarded in the United States.

EPA Completes Fourth Season of Hudson River Dredging

EPA Completes Fourth Season of Hudson River Dredging

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed dredging for this season on the Hudson River in November, with the project nearly three-quarters done. More than 612,000 cubic yards of river bottom sediment contaminated with PCBs were removed from the upper Hudson River during 2013, exceeding the annual goal of 350,000 cubic yards for project.

Duluth Project Receives TIGER Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for the Duluth Intermodal project, one of 52 transportation projects in 37 states that will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the grant program.

U.S. Maritime Administration Announces Public Meeting

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) will hold a public meeting January 14 through 16 for maritime stakeholders and other interested members of the public. The discussion is intended to gather ideas for improving the nation’s cargo opportunities and sealift capacity, while ensuring sustainability.

New York District Continues Sandy Recovery

New York District Continues Sandy Recovery

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s 80 mile-per-hour winds and 30-foot high waves pounded the eastern coast of the United States. The storm made its way from Florida up to Rhode Island.

Manson Receives Norfolk District Safety Award

Manson Receives Norfolk District Safety Award

The Corps Norfolk District awarded Manson Construction Co. its Spirit of Safety Award in recognition of Manson’s completion of the Craney Island Eastward Expansion Stage 2A contract with no lost-time injuries. This included 28,861 man-hours over the 151 days of the project.

IADC Hosts Seminar in Singapore; Releases Annual Report

IADC Hosts Seminar in Singapore; Releases Annual Report

WEDA Annual Conference Set for Toronto

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and Texas A&M will host the annual WEDA 34th and Texas A&M 45th annual dredging conference at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada, June 15 –18, 2014.

WEDA Eastern Chapter Meeting Affected by Shutdown

WEDA Eastern Chapter Meeting Affected by Shutdown

The WEDA (Western Dredging Association) Eastern Chapter met in Washington, D.C. on October 15 for a half-day meeting and evening reception. The Industry Corps Hopper Dredge Management Group (ICHDMG) meeting took place the following morning.

Product and Performance News

Trimble Selected for Military Contract Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) will provide construction-grade control and survey systems for the U.S. Marine Corps and Army, under a five-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) contract.

WHO’S WHO

In September, Rep. Peter King (R – NY) received the 2013 Champion of Maritime Award from the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), a group representing the domestic maritime industry in New York and across the U.S.

Cartagena Deepening Bocachica Canal in Colombia

Cartagena Deepening Bocachica Canal in Colombia

Like their counterparts in all major ports in the Americas, leaders at the port of Cartagena, Colombia, would like to deepen the port to accommodate post-Panamax ships. But unlike most other ports, what’s holding back this expansion isn’t money: it is history.

Johnson Presents Dredge Operator Training at DSC

Johnson Presents Dredge Operator Training at DSC

Over the past seven years, Charles Johnson has developed a dredge operator training course that explains the basic functions of each dredge type, production and maintenance goals, and most important, how to achieve these goals.

CONEXPO-CON/ AGG Registration Is Open

Registration is open for CONEXPO-CON/ AGG and IFPE 2014, to be held March 14 through 18, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, announced AEM (Associate Equipment Manufacturers), show organizers.

Ocean Dredges First Time in Mexico

Ocean Dredges First Time in Mexico

Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean Inc. won a contract to dredge the Port of Dos Bocas on the east coast of Mexico – its first project outside Canada. Along with its Mexican partner Dragados del Golfo, Ocean will dredge the harbor, beginning November 1.

New Equipment Makes Dry Polymers More Economical

New Equipment Makes Dry Polymers More Economical

Dewatering operations at dredging sites use polymers to clarify water so the water can be returned to the source and regulatory requirements. Projects generally choose liquid polymers over powder polymers, because they are more economical on temporary project sites.

Moin Chosen for New Port in Costa Rica

Moin Chosen for New Port in Costa Rica

Costa Rica would like to take advantage of its proximity to the world’s most important inter-oceanic shortcut. A contract for a new terminal has the capacity to accommodate the larger ships that will soon be plying the waters of the expanded Panama Canal.

Dredge Currituck Rescues Stranded Boater

Dredge Currituck Rescues Stranded Boater

As the crew of the Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck returned from a project site on Bennet’s Creek in Suffolk, Virginia, September 16, it came across a signal flare, and took action to save a man’s life.

House Passes WRRDA Bill 417 - 3

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3080 – the Water Resources Reform and Development (WRRDA) Act – nearly unanimously on Wednesday, October 23. The final vote was 417 for and three against the measure.

Editorial : November-December-2013

Editorial : November-December-2013

While the inactive government has moved forward for now, the effects of the government shutdown on the dredging industry are highlighted in this issue. The line between essential and nonessential government activities, when it starts shutting things down, can be blurred, depending on where you’re standing.

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