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Hopper Dredge Hondarra Works in Bayonne Harbor

Hopper Dredge Hondarra Works in Bayonne Harbor

Damen Dredging Equipment delivered a 1,200-cubic-meter trailing suction hopper dredge Hondarra, designed by Bilbao-based Astilleros de Murueta for CCI Bayonne Pays Basque in France.

Dragflow Launches Dredge in Nigeria

Matag, a Nigerian dredging company, acquired a dredge from Dragflow to increase its capacity to dredge sand to supply local markets in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, as well as Asaba, Delta State, which is a sister city on the other side of historic river Niger. The company was also looking to expand its ability to do reclamation work along the river.

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CSA COMPLETES SEAGRASS MITIGATION FOR MIAMI HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT

CSA COMPLETES SEAGRASS MITIGATION FOR MIAMI HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT

As part of the overall environmental mitigation requirements for the deepening and widening of Miami Harbor, in October CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) completed the transplantation of more than 115,000 seagrass plants into the newly filled dredge hole north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, Florida.

JT CLEARY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

In September, JT Cleary celebrated 20 years in marine construction. Company milestones include incorporation and startup in New York City in 1995; expansion along the Eastern Seaboard in 2000; and creation of the dredging division in 2005. The company experienced an increase in contract awards in 2010 and unveiled a new corporate brand in 2015.

FURUNO INTRODUCED THE NEW DRS4DL HIGH-POWER, COMPACT UHD RADAR

FURUNO INTRODUCED THE NEW DRS4DL HIGH-POWER, COMPACT UHD RADAR

Furuno introduces the DRS4DL, a 4 kW, 36 n.m. radar that is housed in a compact 19-inch Radome. This new antenna utilizes the same size dome as the DRS2D; however, on the inside the new transceiver has twice the power. Furuno says the radar couples higher power with a 5.2-degree horizontal beamwidth antenna and the company’s automatic, real-time digital signal processing.

FURUNO NAMED BEST RADAR BY NMEA

In October, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awarded a Furuno product with its 40th straight Best Radar Award at the 2015 NMEA Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland.

TELEDYNE RESON LAUNCHES ECHOSOUNDER

TELEDYNE RESON LAUNCHES ECHOSOUNDER

In October, Teledyne RESON introduced the SeaBat T50-P, an ultra-high resolution, portable multibeam echosounder. The SeaBat T50-P is a new addition to the SeaBat T-series, introduced in the beginning of 2013 as a completely new product generation.

CWPPRA Celebrates 25 Years with Focus on Beneficial Use Projects

CWPPRA Celebrates 25 Years with Focus on Beneficial Use Projects

On October 14, the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force held its 25th anniversary ceremony at Grand Isle State Park in Grand Isle, Louisiana. The ceremony celebrated CWPPRA’s commitment to coastal restoration.

Exhibits and Talks Illustrated Sediment Theme at Dredging 2015

Exhibits and Talks Illustrated Sediment Theme at Dredging 2015

When looking for a way to introduce his tailings dewatering machine to the U.S., Australian David Smirk found PIANC’s Dredging 2015 on the Internet. “Moving and Managing Sediments,” the theme of the conference, was exactly what he could do. He booked an exhibit booth for his company, Residue Solutions, and technical manager Leon Munro submitted a technical paper, which was accepted.

Corps Uses Dredged Sand to Rebuild Galveston Beach

Corps Uses Dredged Sand to Rebuild Galveston Beach

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company got a 77 percent bump up to its contract for maintenance dredging to the Houston–Galveston entrance channel when officials overseeing Galveston’s parks decided that they wanted the sand.

PORT OF TACOMA DREDGES CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT

In September, the Port of Tacoma began dredging contaminated sediment in Blaire Waterway, in preparation to expand Pier 4. The Port detected a marine biocide, called tributyltin, while completing a dredging inspection for the site evaluation to expand Pier 4 for larger ships. The Port of Tacoma has agreed to complete the cleanup of the sediments, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will oversee.

PORT MIAMI CELEBRATES THE COMPLETION OF DEEPENING PROJECT

The grand celebration for the completion of Port Miami’s Deep Dredging project took place on September 18. The project readied the port for post-Panamax vessels, making it the only port south of Virginia capable of handling these vessels.

SCPA PUTS UP STRONG FIVE-YEAR PLAN

Sustaining above-market container volume growth, achieving the deepest harbor on the East Coast, investing in infrastructure and expanding its cargo base topped the list of South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) five-year initiatives highlighted at the State of the Port event in September.

PORT OF OAKLAND BEGINS MAINTENANCE DREDGING

PORT OF OAKLAND BEGINS MAINTENANCE DREDGING

The Port of Oakland continues maintenance dredging in 17 deepwater shipping berths. By November, the port removed 185,000 cubic yards of sediment, and the $3.7 million project will maintain 50-foot depths at the port.

Dredging Company Fined Half A Million in 2012 Death

Louisiana-based dredging firm C.F. Bean, LLC pleaded guilty to criminal negligence in the September 2012 boating death of Biloxi, Mississippi, businessman Mark Barhanovich, and was fined the maximum amount allowed: $500,000. The company must also pay a special assessment of $400 and will be on probation for five years.

Kaplan Opens IADC 50th Anniversary Meeting in Hong Kong

Kaplan Opens IADC 50th Anniversary Meeting in Hong Kong

“Ninety Percent of world trade is done by sea,” declared Robert D. Kaplan, keynote speaker at International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) Conference, “From Birth to Boom: Asian Maritime Megastructures,” held at the Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong on October 23, 2015.

Marsha Cohen to Retire as Editor of Terra et Aqua

Marsha Cohen to Retire as Editor of Terra et Aqua

Marsha Cohen will retire at the end of the year as editor of Terra et Aqua, a post she has held since 1991. The technical dredging journal is published by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Editorial- Report Card for the Heart of the Country: Mississippi River and Great Lakes

Editorial- Report Card for the Heart of the Country: Mississippi River and Great Lakes

KSB ANNOUNCES NEW FOUNDRY AT GIW INDUSTRIES

GIW Industries Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of KSB, announced its foundry grand opening. The foundry is part of a large expansion that includes a new distribution center, additional heat-treat and casting cleaning facilities, CNC machines, and an assembly center.

XYLEM ACQUIRES HYPACK

On October 22, Xylem Inc., a global water technology company, acquired substantially all of the assets of HYPACK, Inc. Going forward, HYPACK said its expertise in hydrographic survey data acquisition, processing and visualization software will complement Xylem’s capabilities in ocean and coastal analytics and applications.

CRA Hosts Corpus Christi Dredging Seminar

For more than a decade, Chris Ransome and Associates (CRA), a hydrographic survey firm, and dredging contractor Orion Marine Group have been conducting conferences to raise awareness of maintenance dredging, specifically for commercial docks, in various port systems such as Houston and Beaumont. On November 8, Corpus Christi hosted the first series of the seminar at the downtown Omni Hotel.

Mining Gold, Dredge Becomes Discovery Channel Star

Mining Gold, Dredge Becomes Discovery Channel Star

Eddy Pump Corporation has a star. The company’s new dredge, called the Subdredge, is a featured player in two seasons of “Bering Sea Gold” on the Discovery Channel.

Corps Studies Contaminated Sediment Treatment with Activated Carbon

Corps Studies Contaminated Sediment Treatment with Activated Carbon

During the 2015 dredging season at Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the Buffalo District launched a study in August to determine if placing activated carbon with contaminated sediment could reduce bioaccumulation at a 50-foot open-water placement site.

Dredging 2015 in Savannah Addressed “Moving and Managing Sediments”

Dredging 2015 in Savannah Addressed “Moving and Managing Sediments”

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