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Mr. Tommy Christened at TXI Bells/Savoy Plant

Mr. Tommy Christened at TXI Bells/Savoy Plant

On August 1st, TXI christened the 16-inch dredge Mr. Tommy at their Bells/Savoy Aggregate plant in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. The dredge was named for Thomas (Tommy) J. Wetta III, who died in 2004 after a lifetime spent designing, building and operating dredges. His company, Dredging Supply Company, now run by his two sons Robert and William, designed and built the dredge that bears his name.

Boskalis, Archirodon and Hyundai Win Khalifa Port Contract

Royal Boskalis Westminster nv has received a letter of intent from Abu Dhabi Port Company for the first construction phase of the new offshore Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi.

Honoring An Old Friend; Making Progress on the AIWA

Two Killed, Two Rescued as Pleasure Boat Hits Dump Scow Tow Rope

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: Trimble Introduces Marine GPS Receiver with Two-Centimeter Vertical Accuracy

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: Trimble Introduces Marine GPS Receiver with Two-Centimeter Vertical Accuracy

The new Trimble SPS651 Modular GPS Receiver is designed for use on marine vessels or as part of the new Trimble Site Supervisor System. The receiver delivers 10-centimeter (location) horizontal accuracy and two-centimeter (precise) vertical accuracy for dredging and hydrographic survey applications.

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: Hemisphere GPS Updated GPS Solutions

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: Hemisphere GPS Updated GPS Solutions

Hemisphere GPS has introduced the LX-1, a new L-Band, OmniSTAR compatible, differential GPS (DGPS) receiver board. The LX-1 improves position accuracy of Hemisphere GPSs Crescent Receiver Technology to sub-meter measurement. This new solution is one of many differential options offered by Hemisphere GPS. The LX-1 joins Hemispheres Crescent VS100 and V100 positioning and heading receivers, which update the companys Vector-Pro technology.

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: DoD to Discontinue Selective Availability of GPS Signals

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on September 18 that it intends to stop procuring Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites with the capability to intentionally degrade the accuracy of civil signals. This capability, known as Selective Availability (SA), will no longer be present in the next generation of GPS satellites.

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: Hemisphere GPS Wins Patent Suit

Hemisphere GPS, a designer and manufacturer of advanced GPS products, reports that it has won a patent infringement lawsuit brought against the company by Trimble Navigation Ltd.

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: At the Mel Price Dam, Alton, Illinois

POSITIONING SYSTEMS: At the Mel Price Dam, Alton, Illinois

Photo: The Luhr Bros. L1007 spud barge, equipped with a Liebherr 994 excavator, working at Gatebay #1 at the Mel Price Dam, along with the pushboat MV Sheryl.

Panama Canal Requests Proposals for Pacific Entrance Dredging

On September 11, The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released a request for proposals (RFP) for the Canals Pacific entrance dredging. Different from the dry excavation, this project will deepen and widen the canals Pacific entrance channel to ensure that longer, wider ships can reach the new locks.

North Americans Will Require Visas to Enter Brazil for WEDA Meeting

To attend the Western Dredging Association Brazil Chapter meeting in Rio de Janeiro on December 9 though 12, North American and many other travelers will require visas to enter the country.

Coles Appointed to PIANC Inland Navigation Commission

Ron Coles, P.E., has been appointed as the alternate U.S. representative for the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congress (PIANC) Inland Navigation Commission.

Dredge McFarland Damaged in Delaware River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on September 13 that the Dredge McFarland sustained hull damage while performing emergency maintenance dredging in the Delaware River.

Western Contracting Creating Pallid Sturgeon Habitat on Missouri River

Western Contracting Creating Pallid Sturgeon Habitat on Missouri River

What unites the endangered pallid sturgeon with a swinging ladder dredge on one of the largest river mitigation projects in the history of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? It is the restoration of this rare species habitat by dredging side channels or chutes so the fish can spawn in shallow water with varied flow conditions.

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter to Meet in New Orleans

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Western Dredging Association is conducting its annual meeting with the Corps of Engineers and S.A.M.E. (Society of American Military Engineers), Louisiana Post, on November 15 and 16, 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information of interest to the dredging industry and its associates.

J.E. McAmis Using the Megan Renee on Columbia River Deepening

J.E. McAmis Using the Megan Renee on Columbia River Deepening

J.E. McAmis is using the excavator Megan Renee on the Columbia River Channel Improvement, Consolidated Materials project. The dredge is a barge-mounted Komatsu PC3000 with a 10 cubic yard bucket equipped with heavy duty Esco teeth. The project includes about a mile of channel adjacent to the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

Panama Canal Expansion Breaks Ground

Panama Canal Expansion Breaks Ground

A ceremony and symbolic blast marked the beginning of the Panama Canal expansion on September 3. An estimated 30,000 visitors from every province of Panama and from around the world joined presidents of Panama, the U.S. (former President Jimmy Carter), Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and employees of the Panamanian government and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) for the ceremony.

HYPACK 2008 Planned for Savannah

The 2008 HYPACK hydrographic training conference will be held on January 6 through 9 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, Savannah, Georgia.

Seatools Provides DipMate Software for Backacter Dredges

Seatools Provides DipMate Software for Backacter Dredges

Seatools of Numansdorp, the Netherlands, has been awarded a contract to provide six DipMate packages to Shipyard De Donge in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The DipMate package is part of the DredgeMate family, an automated visualization and registration system displaying the entire dredging process in real-time to improve production and dredging precision.

Contracts June 28 through September 25, 2007

Port Sector Provides 8.4 Million American Jobs, $2 Trillion in Economic Output

Last year, United States deep draft seaports and seaport-related businesses generated approximately 8.4 million American jobs and added nearly $2 trillion to the economy, according to a study by Martin Associates, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based business consulting service that specializes in port sector economic impact studies. The report was completed in late September, 2007.

Senate Passes WRDA 2007 on September 24; Waterways Interests Urge President to Sign

Late on September 24, the Senate approved the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a $21 billion water projects bill, by an 81 to 12 vote, more than enough votes to override a threatened presidential veto. The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 381 to 40 on August 1, also more than enough votes to override a veto.

Martn Torrijos is AAPA Port Person of the Year

Panamanian President Martn Torrijos, accepted the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Port Person of the Year award at a special luncheon in his honor on October 2, held in conjunction with the AAPA 96th annual convention.

New Texas Law Closes Maritime Worker Lawsuit Loophole

Dredging companies who work in Texas have banded together with other maritime interests to fight a spike in Jones Act personal injury lawsuits under a loophole in the law. More than 120 lawsuits filed over a three-year period have caused many companies to reconsider their project costs, and in some cases refuse to bid projects in Texas.

In Memoriam: D.C. Lind

In Memoriam: D.C. Lind

Donald C. (D.C.) Lind III, 46, died on September 7 in Van Buren, Arkansas of an apparent heart attack.

J.E. McAmis using the Megan Renee on Columbia River Deepening

J.E. McAmis using the Megan Renee on Columbia River Deepening

J.E. McAmis is using the excavator Megan Renee on the Columbia River Channel Improvement, Consolidated Materials project.

WEDA Gulf Chapter to Meet in New Orleans

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Western Dredging Association will hold its annual meeting with the Corps of Engineers and S.A.M.E., Louisiana Post, on November 15 and 16, 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Iberville Street in New Orleans.

WEDA Gulf Chapter to Meet in New Orleans

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Western Dredging Association will hold its annual meeting with the Corps of Engineers and S.A.M.E., Louisiana Post, on November 15 and 16, 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Iberville Street in New Orleans.

FarSounder to Develop Sonar for High Speed Collision Avoidance

FarSounder to Develop Sonar for High Speed Collision Avoidance

FarSounder, Inc., of Warwick, Rhode Island, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a long range/high speed navigation and obstacle avoidance sonar. The company will develop a forward looking navigation and collision avoidance sonar system that provides real-time 3-dimensional location (bearing, range, depth) of obstacles at distances up to 3.2km (2 miles) for vessels traveling at up to 65 km/hr (35 knots). This project opens up new possibilities in marine navigation by addressing the economic, safety and environmental problems associated with large vessel operations.

Final WRDA Bill Passes Both Houses

Late yesterday, the Senate approved by a vote of 81 to 12 a House-Senate conference report for the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA, HR 1495), which the House adopted on August 1 by a vote of 381 to 40.

Senate Passes WRDA 2007, AAPA Urges President to Sign

Late yesterday (September 24, 2007), the Senate approved by a vote of 81 to 12 a House-Senate conference report for the WRDA, which the House adopted August 1 by a vote of 381 to 40. Representatives of public seaports in the United States today are lauding Congress for passing HR 1495, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, citing it as long overdue legislation that addresses a seven-year backlog of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs, including navigation projects, policies and procedures that are necessary to keep pace with today's burgeoning trade.

Last Day for WEDA Pacific Chapter Group Rate

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Investigating Hoax Distress Calls

Panama Canal Requests Proposals for Pacific Entrance Dredging

Panama Canal Requests Proposals for Pacific Entrance Dredging

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the Canals Pacific entrance dredging. Different from the dry excavation, this project will deepen and widen the Canals Pacific entrance channel to ensure that longer, wider ships can reach the new locks.

Panamas President Torrijos To Accept AAPAs Port Person of Year Award

Panamas President Torrijos To Accept AAPAs Port Person of Year Award

Hundreds of seaport and maritime transportation leaders, industry experts and service providers from throughout the Western Hemisphere will converge on the Norfolk Marriott Waterfront Hotel, in Norfolk, Virginia at the end of September to participate in the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 96th Annual Convention. Among the meeting participants will be Panamanian President Martn Torrijos, who will accept AAPA's prestigious "Port Person of the Year" award at a special luncheon in his honor on Oct. 2.

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