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VAN OORD SIGNS CONTRACT WITH PORTO CENTRAL

VAN OORD SIGNS CONTRACT WITH PORTO CENTRAL

Porto Central and Van Oord signed a contract in October to develop and build the Por-to Central in the city of Presidente Kennedy in the southern region of the Espírito Santo state in Brazil. Porto Central, which is also the homonymous name for the multi-purpose private industrial port complex, is a Brazilian joint-venture (JV) between the Rotterdam port and TPK Logística. Under the terms of the deal, Porto Central and Van Oord will work together through an integrated team, which is expected to perform a series of activities, from designing the initial concept of the project to building and then operating the port. The Espírito do Santo state Porto Central complex should serve a number of industries, including the oil and gas, energy, agribulk, mining and the offshore segments. The BRL 5 billion project should have a 25-meter (about 82-foot) depth, being able to receive Vale’s very large ore carriers, VLOCs.

BOSKALIS UNVEILS SCULPTURE AT PUNTA PACIFIC ISLAND

DREDGING WORKS ANNOUNCED FOR PORT OF MACEIÓ

In September, Brazil’s minister of transports, aviation and ports, Maurício Quintella, announced that the country will invest BRL 100 million ($30.7 million USD) to dredge, then reform the port of Maceió, located in the city of same name in the state of Alagoas. With the investment, the port could receive larger ships and cruises, while also boosting tourism in the region. Local media Tribuna Hoje said dredging is aimed at increasing draft size and depth, so the port can receive large cruise ships.

FORUM MEETS TO DISCUSS PORT OF SANTOS EXPANSION

FORUM MEETS TO DISCUSS PORT OF SANTOS EXPANSION

On September 20, an international forum aimed at debating the expansion of the Port of Santos discussed, among other topics, the challenges and the opportunities the dredging activity offers for Latin America’s busiest port. Currently lacking dredging, which limits larger vessels from docking, the panel ‘A new model for port dredging’ looked at ways the activity could improve the port’s operations. José de Oliva, president at São Paulo state port authority, Codesp, said bureaucracy hampers dredging bidding tenders. Additionally, instead of looking only at the existing model, the executive argued all involved parties should collaborate to find an ideal solution for the Port of Santos. Security issues involving the dredging activity were also raised. Claudio Paulino, president of the Santos Praticagem or the Santos Pilots, said if bathymetry and dredging aren’t continuous to maintain a certain depth, safety issues were likely to happen. Civil engineering scholar Paolo Alfredini said dredging is one of the least factors causing erosion at the Ponta da Praia beach in the city of Santos.

PORT OF BARRANQUILLA REQUESTS DEEPENING STUDY

Officials from Colombian port of Barranquilla asked the country’s transport ministry to conduct research on deepening the port’s access canal to 15 meters (about 49.2 feet), Caracol Radio said. René Puche, president at the local port, said government didn’t attend to the facility’s requests, arguing there are no resources to perform such a study. Jan De Nul performed emergency dredging at the access canal, as the local port restricted the transit of ships that had a draft more than 9.3 meters (about 30.5 feet). Puche said an ideal depth for the local port would be around 15 meters (about 49.2 feet). The executive added that Barranquila needs the permanent presence of a dredge to help it keep access to the canal in optimal conditions and avoid restrictions.

EXPANDED PANAMA CANAL OPEN FOR NEOPANAMAX VESSELS

In August, the Panama Canal reached its second month of full operations. According to estimates from the Panama Canal Author-ity (ACP), more than 230 cruise ships are ex-pected to transit the canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which started on October 4, 2016, and ends in April 2017. ACP also said more than 140 Neopanamax vessels passed through the recently opened canal, adding transits increase daily. ACP said that as of August, 360 reservations were received for the expanded canal.

CONSORTIUM FORMED TO EXPAND PORT OF KINGSTON

Jan De Nul’s subsidiary Sodraco SAS, along with French-based Vinci Construction Grands Projets and EMCC formed a $147 million USD consortium to expand the Port of Kingston in Jamaica. According to Vinci, the con-tract covers refurbishment, reinforcement and upgrade to seismic standards of 1,200 meters (about 3,937 feet) of quays. Jan De Nul added dredging should also be performed at the port, so its access channel could be deepened, and the berths on the existing quay walls could be reinforced and renovated. The consortium was selected by shipping group CMA CGM, which has owned the port concession since July 1, 2016. Works at the port are expected to last 25 months, the companies reported. The expanded port should increase the alongside depth of the quays, allowing container ships of larger capacity to dock. As for the dredging activities, Jan de Nul will use six vessels, including its suction dredge Marco Polo as well as four other accompanying split barges and trailing suction hopper dredge Pedro Alvares Cabral.

DAMEN DESIGN, KRASNOYE SORMOVO SHIPYARD DELIVER SHIPS FOR ROSMORPORT, RUSSIA

In the last several months, the Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard on the Volga River has delivered three 1,000 cubic meter trailing suction hopper dredges ordered by Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Rosmorport.” The trailing suction hoppers were designed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, the Netherlands, with the working design documentation provided by the Volga-Caspian Design Bureau (MNP Group), Russia.

VAN OORD DELIVERS GROUND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN KUWAIT

Van Oord has successfully executed an extensive ground improvement project for the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). The project, which started in 2014, was completed at the end of August of this year. The ground improvement involved the reclamation of 65 million cubic meters (85 million cubic yards) of sand and extensive soil improvement. The reclamation area of 1,320 hectare (3,262 acres) is intended for the AlZour Refinery, one of the largest oil refining plants in the Middle East. The refinery will be constructed on the reclaimed land in a ‘sabkha area,’ a salt plain near the coast, 30 kilometers (56 miles) north of the Saudi border. The reclamation project is the first phase of Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s investment program for the new refinery. The refinery is planned to produce 615,000 barrels per day and has a strategic goal of supplying low-Sulphur fuel. Van Oord continues its work for KNPC in Kuwait, including a land reclamation project for the construction of a port and the first phase of a LNG import facility.

VAN OORD MAKING NEW LAND IN TAIWAN

Since the beginning of 2016, Van Oord has been working as the main contractor on one of the largest land reclamation project ever executed in Taiwan at the Port of Kaohsiung for the Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II. Work is ongoing with a tight deadline of January 2018. This deadline plus very busy marine traffic and soil conditions are a few of the challenges that the port expansion project at Kaohsiung presents.

DEME AWARDED ITS FIRST DREDGING CONTRACT IN MAURITIUS

Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has won a EUR 41 mil-lion (US$45 million) dredging contract for the Container Terminal Quay Project at Port Louis Harbor in Mauritius. The contract is DEME’s first win in Mauritius. Mauritius Ports Authority has launched an extension project for the Mauritius Container Terminal to accommodate larger vessels and to handle increases in container traffic.

BOSKALIS REPORTS ON FIRST HALF OF 2016

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) realized a net profit of EUR 147.5 million (US$162.25 million) in the first half of 2016 (H1 2015: EUR 306.5 million). This represented a fall of revenue of 25 percent in the first half of the year as compared to the first half of last year to EUR 1.17 billion (H1 2015: EUR 1.57 billion). Whereas the first half of 2015 was extremely busy, revenue declined in the first half of this year as a result of the deteriorated market conditions.

VAN OORD 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

Van Oord reported that in 2015 the company had achieved extremely positive results. The company achieved a record revenue of EUR 2.579 billion (US$2.84 billion). In 2014, revenues were at EUR 2.104 billion (US$2.314 billion), an in-crease of 23 percent, and a record profit of EUR 169 million (US$185.9 million). The company attributes these figures to the successful execution of several major projects, including the construction of the Second Suez Canal, the completion of Luchterduinen offshore wind farm, and the fast-tracked execution of the Gemini wind farm. The order portfolio totaled EUR 2.349 billion (US$2.584 billion) at year-end 2015 (2014: EUR 3.222 billion), down 27 percent on 2014.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock  Celebrates Launch of ATB Hopper Dredge

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Celebrates Launch of ATB Hopper Dredge

Photos: GLDD ATB Hopper Dredge Launch

Photos: GLDD ATB Hopper Dredge Launch

On September 30, At Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s Allanton, Florida, Shipyard, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Celebrated the launch of a first-of-its-kind hopper dredge, the 433-foot-long Ellis Island – the barge & Barge (ATB) suction hopper dredge was launched, see story on page 46 for more information.

Safety Award Presented to DEME at IADC AGM

Safety Award Presented to DEME at IADC AGM

The Safety Award of the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) was presented to the Belgian-based DEME, dredging, environmental, marine and engineering, at the IADC’s Annual General Meeting held in Cascais, Portugal in mid-September. The IADC Safety Award recognizes a company that has made an outstanding, innovative contribution to maritime safety. DEME was chosen as the 2016 winner by the IADC’s Safety Committee from among eight nominations. In its straightforward but significant initiative DEME’s safety team addressed the challenge of getting the crew to muster stations and accounting for every crewmember during an emergency. The idea, which came from one of DEME’s captains, is to create an “Enhanced Muster Station.”

EPA Will Release Portland Harbor Record of Decision by the End of this Year

EPA Will Release Portland Harbor Record of Decision by the End of this Year

The EPA’s Region 10 is analyzing comments from approximately 5,300 individuals on its “Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site,” and plans to release a record of decision (ROD) by the end of the year.

Fifth Anniversary of the Sand Motor Celebrated at  a Conference in the Netherlands

Fifth Anniversary of the Sand Motor Celebrated at a Conference in the Netherlands

“The Sand Motor: Five Years of Building with Nature” Conference, held September 14 and 15, 2016, at the Kurhaus Hotel Scheveningen and Kijkduin, the Netherlands, was a celebration and recognition of groundbreaking work in coastal protection. The Sand Motor is possibly the largest scientific experiment in coastal protection launched in this century.

Port of Esbjerg in Denmark Cleans Up Contaminated Sediment

Port of Esbjerg in Denmark Cleans Up Contaminated Sediment

In late November 2014, the Danish Ministry of Environment, Esbjerg Municipality and the Port Authority of Esbjerg announced an agreement on a long-term comprehensive plan for cleaning up contaminated sediment in the harbor of Esbjerg. Plans for the removal of contaminated sediment started in late 2015 and the dredging began in mid-July 2016. It should be completed in May 2019 if not sooner. Other work will continue through 2025, at which time the harbor should be completely cleaned.

J.E. McAmis Completing Oregon Coast Maintenance Dredging

J.E. McAmis Completing Oregon Coast Maintenance Dredging

J.E. McAmis Company is wrapping up a sea-son of four maintenance dredging projects on the Oregon Coast and Columbia River.

State and Federal Agencies Get Their Hands Dirty at the Milford Lake Reservoir Sediment Management Workshop

State and Federal Agencies Get Their Hands Dirty at the Milford Lake Reservoir Sediment Management Workshop

Milford Lake, like most large, multi-use reservoirs across the world, is filling up with sediment. This is no surprise. Reservoir sediment accumulation was always anticipated, but concern is growing that in coming decades this reservoir, like so many others, will be unable to meet its original purposes. To make matters worse, Mil-ford Lake experiences frequent, severe harmful blue-green algae blooms that render part or all of the reservoir totally unusable for recreation. All the while, the lack of sediment in the down-stream Kansas River is degrading the bed and impairing habitat for turbidity-dependent species.

Dredging at Port of Santos in Brazil Slowly Advances

Dredging at Port of Santos in Brazil Slowly Advances

Dredging at the Port of Santos, located in the city of same name in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, isn’t progressing. Not at least the way dredge operators would like.

New Corps Website Focuses Research on Thin-Layer Placement of Dredged Material

New Corps Website Focuses Research on Thin-Layer Placement of Dredged Material

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Dredging Operations Technical Support (DOTS) Program launched a new website dedicated to the practice of thin-layer placement of dredged material. The website officially launched during a webinar on August 31, and it will consolidate information and resources on thin-layer placement for use across the dredging industry.

Port of Morgan City Tackles Excessive Silt with Both Tradition and Innovation

Port of Morgan City Tackles Excessive Silt with Both Tradition and Innovation

The Port of Morgan City is the last stop, by way of the Atchafalaya River, for water streaming toward the Gulf of Mexico from both the Red River and a 30 percent stake of the Mississippi River, courtesy of the Old River Control Structure above Baton Rouge. Morgan City is constantly dealing with a buildup of rapidly ac-cumulating sediment in the river channel. In 2016, high flood water combined to bring even more sediment issues in that area. Manson won a contract for a demo project, and emergency dredging work that came from the flooding.

Boskalis Signs Deal to Dredge Uruguayan Martín García Channel

Boskalis Signs Deal to Dredge Uruguayan Martín García Channel

Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., through its Uruguayan subsidiary Boskalis International S.A., signed a deal with the Rio de la Plata Administrator Commission (CARP) to dredge the Uruguayan Martín García channel. Dredging began in October and should last six months.

Royal IHC and Transnet National Ports Authority, South Africa, Launch Dredging Simulator and Course at Maritime School of Excellence

Royal IHC and Transnet National Ports Authority, South Africa, Launch Dredging Simulator and Course at Maritime School of Excellence

In early September, Royal IHC and Trans-net National Ports Authority (TNPA), the entity that regulates all of South Africa’s ports, unveiled its newly delivered dredging simulator in Africa. The simulator is housed at Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence in Durban and is a central part of the new dredging program developed with the support of IHC’s Training Institute. The Training Institute will supervise the start-up of the course, with the long-term goal to build professional dredging capacity in South Africa and eventually, the rest of the continent.

Brennan Completes Project to Dredge 500,000 Cubic Yards from Lake Manawa, Iowa

Brennan Completes Project to Dredge 500,000 Cubic Yards from Lake Manawa, Iowa

Joint Effort Results in Successful Trials of a New  “Drop-In” Marine Biofuel

Joint Effort Results in Successful Trials of a New “Drop-In” Marine Biofuel

As part of a two-year biofuels pilot program conducted by a consortium formed by Royal Boskalis, GoodFuels Marine and Wärtsilä, a new “drop-in” marine biofuel has been successfully tested. Boskalis’s cutter suction dredge Edax, working for five months at the Marker Wadden Nature Restoration Project in the Netherlands, has shown positive results, ac-cording to a report issued in September.

Caterpillar Engines Use SCR Technology to Meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and IMO III Emissions Standards

Caterpillar Engines Use SCR Technology to Meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and IMO III Emissions Standards

With U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final emissions standards a reality for dredges as of this year, engine manufacturers and dredge owners have different options to consider for meeting the standards. Engines with a power range of 2,682 to 4,962 hp (2,000-3,700 kW) were affected first by the new standards, but all new engines with maximum power 600 kW (804 hp) and greater must meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards by October 2017.

Panama Canal Authority Welcomes WEDA’s Central America Chapter Annual Meeting to Panama City

Panama Canal Authority Welcomes WEDA’s Central America Chapter Annual Meeting to Panama City

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Central America Chapter Annual Meeting was held from September 13 to 15 at the Hilton Panama in Panama City. The meeting was organized in strategic partnership with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Panama Maritime Authority and Panama Ports Company and supported by a large and diverse group of international sponsors. Attended by more than 80 participants representing various aspects of the dredging industry and hailing from all over the world, the importance of the Panama Canal and the incredible dredging achievement that this represents was evident.

SANTA CRUZ GETS NEW DREDGE, DECOMMISSIONS AND SELLS OLD ONE

The Seabright, the dredge formerly belonging to the Santa Cruz (California) Harbor District, was retired after 30 years of service. After being decommissioned, disassembled and trucked away, it was bought by Camenzind Dredging Inc. of Palo Alto, California. Camenzind said it plans to reassemble Seabright and put it back in service as part of its fleet.

BARNSTABLE COUNTY ORDERS DREDGE FROM ELLICOTT

Barnstable County on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, announced on September 21 it has ordered a second dredge from Ellicott Dredge. The new dredge will cost $1.89 million and will take nine months to build. It will be trucked in sections to new Bedford and assembled there.

TULSA DREDGING SCOPE ESTIMATED

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa Port Authority estimated that it would take between $700,000 and $1 million to dredge the port’s channel to remove about 200,000 cubic yards of material and restore it to its desired depth of 12 feet. It made the estimate during a September 14 board meeting. Silt buildup has reduced the channel to between eight and 10 feet.

WEEKS MARINE PENSACOLA BEACH DREDGING COMPLETED

A $16 million beach renourishment project at Pensacola Beach was completed on August 22. Since June, Weeks Marine crews pumped more than 1.6 million cubic yards of sand from the deep Gulf of Mexico onto eight miles of Pensacola beaches.

GORDON PASS DREDGING COMPLETED

A long-awaited dredging project began in September at Gordon Pass, which connects Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, to remove shoals.

COMMISSION APPROVES VENTURA HARBOR DREDGING PROGRAM

The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved a 10-year dredging maintenance program for Ventura Harbor, California, during a three-day September meeting at Newport Beach City Hall.

CORPS GALVESTON DISTRICT AWARDS MULTIPLE CONTRACTS FOR COASTAL WORK

In September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded in contracts for the following work along the Texas coast:

WORK ON LAST STAGES OF KISSIMMEE RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT CONTINUES

WORK ON LAST STAGES OF KISSIMMEE RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT CONTINUES

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District awarded one of the three remaining construction contracts for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, a massive Everglades restoration project in Okeechobee and Highlands counties.

November/December 2016 - DR/NA

November/December 2016 - DR/NA

PORT OF KALAMA PERFORMS MAINTENANCE DREDGING

Docks at the Port of Kalama in Washing-ton closed from October 3 to 7 in preparation maintenance dredging, which is scheduled to last through December 2016. The marina has shoaling to remove to accommodate fishing season and sportsfishing enthusiasts at the docks.

PLAQUEMINES PORT TRAVELS TO PANAMA

PLAQUEMINES PORT TRAVELS TO PANAMA

In September, Plaquemines Port Executive Director Sandy Sanders lead a contingent of Plaquemines Port Commissioners to Panama to participate in a fact-finding mission designed to continue marketing port development opportunities in Plaquemines Parish and build relation-ships with Panamanian decision makers.

AAPA 105TH ANNUAL CONVENTION GOES TO NEW ORLEANS

The Port of New Orleans hosted the 105th Annual Convention and Expo of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) from October 23 to 25.

PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI SIGNS MOU WITH GALVESTON DISTRICT FOR SHIP CHANNEL PROJECT

On September 20, the Corpus Christi Port Authority Commissioners adopted a resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. The MOU is for work done to execute a project partnership agreement for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel – Channel Improvement Project (CSC-CIP).

November/December 2016 - Contracts

Editorial - WRDA - 2016 Passage Looks Imminent in Upcoming Lame Duck Session

Editorial - WRDA - 2016 Passage Looks Imminent in Upcoming Lame Duck Session

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