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July 7 through September 29, 2005

Families Lose Homes in Hurricane

. Hurricane Katrina affected the personal lives of many in the dredging industry on the Gulf Coast. A number of people reported that they had lost their homes to flooding. Two of these families have agreed to share their stories.Damon Gonzales and Troy Schulz, employees of Dredging Supply Company, lived blocks apart in Arabi, Louisiana in St. Bernard Parish, east of Orleans Parish.

Dredging Industry Copes With the Hurricanes

. On Friday, August 27, the owners of Dredging Supply Company were at their fishing camp at Shell Beach, on Bayou Yscloskey off the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. Employees were going to join them the next day for their annual fantasy football draft, along with some fishing. Despite warnings that the hurricane was headed toward Louisiana, some people spent the night and went fishing on Saturday morning. However, television reports alerted them that Hurricane Katrina was indeed on its way, and people began evacuating.

LaGrange Estimates Port Will Need $1.7 Billion

. Based upon post-Katrina engineering and other studies, the Port of New Orleans estimates that $1.7 billion will be required to rehabilitate, replace and/or improve port facilities damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Gary LaGrange told a the Senate Committee on Finance. LaGrange is president and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans, and chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). He addressed the committee on September 28.

IADC Publishes National Geographic of Dredging

. On September 6, the International Association of Dredging Companies celebrated its 40th anniversary, and at the same time introduced Terra 100 -- the 100th edition of its publication Terra et Aqua. Since 1972, Terra et Aqua has been the flagship publication of the IADC and a major vehicle for disseminating dredging information to the world at large.

Corps of Engineers Dealing with Infrastructure Repair In Wake of Hurricane Katrina

. Hurricane Katrina made landfall at 6:10 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 29, on the Central Gulf Coast near New Orleans, a Category 5 hurricane with 145 mph winds. The storm passed over St. Bernard Parish, scattering trees, utility poles and houses. The subsequent storm surge from Lakes Borgne and Pontchartrain overtopped levees and flooded much of the city, killing more than 1000 people.

SAIC Adds Two Side Scans

. SAIC has purchased two additional Klein System 3000 digital side scan sonars from International Industries, Inc. SAIC will use the units in support of their contracts with the National Ocean Survey of NOAA and other hydrographic survey contracts.

Shipping Interests Oppose Katrina-Related Jones Act Waiver

. American shipping companies are ready to transport agricultural products in the U.S., and a request to use foreign shipping companies instead is "unprecedented and unnecessary," a coalition of American maritime industry representatives wrote to President Bush on September 22. The letter responds to a request by a group of agricultural organizations who want to bypass U.S. shipping companies' workers and use foreign shipping companies and foreign workers to transport of grain and other products in the U.S. Under the Jones Act, all cargo transported between two points in the domestic U.S. must move on U.S. flag vessels. Agricultural interests have argued that the devastation in the Gulf merits a waiver of the Jones Act.

IUOE Local 25 Holds Shop Steward Workshop

. IUOE Local 25 Marine Division held its third annual Shop Steward Awareness Program on June 8th and 9th at the Ramada Inn in Hightstown, New Jersey. President and Business Manager Ernie Whelan and his team established this program in 2002 to communicate information to the members of Local 25 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. By educating and informing these shop stewards and lead dredgemen at the two-day workshops, they are accomplishing this goal.

Golder Removes Contaminated Sediments at Prince Rupert Harbor

. In 2004, Golder Associates and its subsidiary GAIA undertook the remediation of contaminated sediments near the port of Prince Rupert, on Canada's West Coast. The site was contaminated in 1977 when a dockside industrial transformer failed, discharging PCB-containing oil into the harbor. Immediate dredging was prohibited because of concerns for re-suspension of the contaminant. Tides of up to eight meters, cross-current of up to two knots and the need to remove a seven-meter-thick contaminated sediment mass increased the challenges of the project.

New York District Partners with Other Agencies to Restore Jamaica Bay Marsh Islands

. The New York District Corps of Engineers is planning to restore degrading marsh islands in Rockaway Inlet in Jamaica Bay, using sand dredged from Rockaway Inlet and stockpiled on Runway 6-24 at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. The project is scheduled for summer of 2006.


New Orleans District Awards Emergency Cutterhead Contracts

On October 5, the New Orleans District, Corps of Engineers awarded six contracts under emergency solicitation W912P8-06-R-0049.

Shallow Draft Conference Coming Up

IUOE Local 25 Holds Shop Steward Workshop

IUOE Local 25 Holds Shop Steward Workshop

IUOE Local 25 Marine Division held its third annual Shop Steward Awareness Program on June 8th and 9th 2005 at the Ramada Inn in Hightstown, New Jersey.

IDR Moves Into New Office

2005 WorkBoat Show Cancelled

AAPA President Praises Federal Agencies

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrinas devastation along the U.S. Gulf Coast this month, there has been much finger pointing and blaming of federal authorities regarding slow and/or inadequate emergency response. However, on behalf of the members of the American Association of Port Authorities, including the dozen or so Gulf Coast seaports most impacted by the storm, I would like to point out several federal agencies that should be recognized as heroes in the struggle to save lives, mobilize relief services and supplies, prevent additional property losses and keep Americas commerce moving.

C&C Map Provides Water Depth In Flooded Area

C&C Technologies has developed a web site to help the evacuated population of New Orleans determine what the approximate water depth is at any location around the city. The water depths will be updated as NOAA, Digital Global and ground truthing statistics are made available.

Missippi River to New Orleans Open to Traffic

WorkBoat Show Decision Under Discussion

Carmanah Provides Navigation Lighting for Gulf Coast

Bean Dredging Set to Continue Gulf Coast Dredging

Ancil Taylor, vice president of Bean Dredging, reports that all in the company are doing fine. Our headquaters downtown (New Orleans) have been split into a few of our branch offices and are in the process of re-grouping at a yet-to-be-determined temporary location, he said.

Corps Reports Southwest Pass Clear of Obstacles

On Saturday, September 10, the Corps of Engineers reported that there are no obstacles to navigation in Southwest Pass. The Coast Guard is now restoring all aids to navigation, working closely with the river pilots, who are advising which aids have priority.

Corps of Engineers Update

Water levels continue to drop, but concern over human remains and pumping capacity is apparent.

Seaports Update

Update on the condition of the river, open in one direction at a time.

Chief of Engineers Addresses Common Misconceptions Regarding New Orleans Flooding

Mercury Marine Sends Boats to Hurricane Area

Hager Questions Cost-Benefit Analysis for Flood Control Projects

NWC Changes Meeting to Little Rock

Philip Grill Responds to Temporary Jones Act Waiver

LaGrange Describes State of Port of New Orleans

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