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September-October 2010

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WEDA is Florida Engineers Education Provider

HYPACK 2011 Scheduled for New Orleans

Tideland Signal Lighted Buoys Chosen For Zakum Island Project

Tideland Signal has delivered 24 SB-138P channel marker buoys, complete with SolaMAX140 lanterns, to mark the newly-developed Zakum Islands, 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the shore of Abu Dhabi.

Dredged Berms Progressing On Louisiana Coast

As of mid-August, dredges working on the protective berms along the Louisiana coast had moved six million cubic yards of sand, Ancil Taylor told IDR. Taylor is part of the team from Bean Dredging Company that has been hired to manage the dredging contracts on the project. Three quarters of the sand has been deposited in offshore re-handling areas to be pumped onto the berms, and three miles of berm are fully complete, with others in progress and stopping oil. When there is rough weather that pushes oil onto the berms, the National Guard sends soldiers or contractors to pick up the oil, and dredging is stopped until the oil has been removed. The dredging project will avoid areas where oil is sighted.

Dredging Highlights from the Past

Highlights from dredging news 30, 20 and 10 years ago.

Ray Bergeron Responds to EPA Hudson River Cleanup Project Peer Review

On August 16, The Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 posted a draft peer review of the Hudson River Superfund cleanup project in its Web site. A consultant connected with the project asked Ray Bergeron, president of Cable Arm Clamshell, to comment on several paragraphs in the review. Bergeron has released the comments to International Dredging Review. (See Hudson River Trustees Urge Continued Dredging by David Murray, IDR, July/August 2010)

BlueView Partners with MSTCI for Maritime Security Training

BlueView Technologies is partnering with Maritime Security Training Consultants International (MSTCI) to provide fire department dive teams, law enforcement, maritime emergency response team (MERT) divers and maritime security members with working knowledge of imaging sonar technology and their applications. These skills will assist them in using BlueViews underwater vision systems to assist them in their duties.

Trimble Introduces Modular and Heading Receivers for Marine, Heavy and Highway Construction

The Trimble Heavy and Highway Division has released the Trimble SPS852 GNSS modular receiver and SPS552H GNSS heading add-on receiver for marine, heavy and highway contractors.

Hemisphere Presents Crescent Vector II OEM Board

Hemisphere GPS has introduced the Crescent Vector II OEM board and a range of Crescent Vector II GPS compass products: V101 Series, VS101 Series, and LV101 OEM board.

Gulf Coast (WEDA) Chapter Meeting on November 2 and 3

Oiled Turtles Rescued

By September 8, the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans had provided care to 190 sea turtles, losing only three, reported Meghan Calhoun of the Institute. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been slowly releasing some of the turtles off the West Coast of Florida, she said.

Survey Vessels Redlinger and Elton Chirstened at Portland District; Hickson Retired

On May 19, the Corps of Engineers Portland District christened two new survey boats, naming them after Jake Redlinger and Art Elton, District employees who had made their mark on the dredging and hydrographic surveying missions of the District.

Mackie, Wensel Step Down at GLDD; Berger and Biemeck Are New CEO and President

Douglas B. Mackie has stepped down as president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, and Johathan Berger has been appointed by the board of directros as chief executive officer. Deborah A. Wensel has resigned as chief financial officer and treasurer of the company and will assist in the transition as consultant until the end of the year. Bruce J. Biemeck has been appointed president and chief financial officer.

Jan de Nul to Deepen Callao Channel in Peru

Hudson-Raritan Estuary Planners and Managers Explain Remediation Concept During Harbor Tour

On September 9, 2009, I met with a group of planners and project managers from the New York District Corps of Engineers for a boat tour of some of the area encompassed by the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan.

Bi-Partisan Support for WRDA in Both Houses; Plenty of Dredging Conferences; 30 Years of Environmental Awareness

Dredging Conferences to be Held Around the World

Port of Houston Director Describes Dredge Funding Shortfall

In a conversation with Alec Dreyer, the new executive director of the Port of Houston Authority, staff writer David Murray learned that dredging is the major concern for the port. Dreyer estimated that the port is realizing only eight cents per ton in maintenance money in return for $127 million contributed to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund last year.

i-Tunes App Aids Plastic Pipe Assembly

McElroy has introduced a pipe-fusion-focused Apple iTunes application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The McCalc Fusion Pressure Calculator is a free application that helps a fusion machine operator to find the correct fusion pressure calculations for a job.

Dredging Contract Awards, June 17 throught August 23, 2010

T&I Committee Adds Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Language to WRDA 2010 Bill

On July 29, Barry Holliday, chair of Realize Americas Maritime Promise (RAMP) announced that Chairman James L. Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, had agreed to include the groups harbor maintenance trust fund (HMTF) language in the committees markup of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2010.

East Rockaway Beach Emergency Nourishment Overcomes Obstacles

The unexpected happened in November 2009, when Rockaway Beach, in Queens, New York, was hit hard with a series of noreasters that caused erosion and severe damage to the beach. What started out as a maintenance project for the Corps of Engineers New York District, quickly turned into an emergency restoration project.

Governments Sign Zambezi Waterway Accord

Ministers from the southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the long-envisioned Shire-Zambezi Waterway project, the online publication Africa Water News reported on July 6.

Engineers Lengthen Corps Dustpan Dredge Hurley to 353 Feet

The Corps of Engineers Memphis District Ensley Engineer Yard (EEY) and the Corps Marine Design Center (MDC) have completed the lengthening of the Corps of Engineers dustpan Dredge Hurley by 48 feet. The project increased the dredges length from 305 feet to 353 feet, making it one of the largest vessels on the Mississippi River, and increased the dredges dredging depth from 40 feet to a maximum of 75 feet.

ENCO Dredging Helps Mississippis Coastal Restoration Program

While driving alongside Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the average person would never know that just six months earlier the majority of that beach didnt exist. Its hard to imagine that a beach was just created out of nowhere, but thats exactly what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mike Hooks, Inc., and Gulf Sand & Gravel, Inc. dba ENCO Dredging did during their collaboration on the Pascagoula Beach Boulevard project as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP).

Speakers Present Views on 30 Years of Progress in Dredging and Environmental Issues WEDA Environmental Commission Panel June 8, 2010

The Environmental Panel at the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) conference in Puerto Rico was presented on June 8 by four dredging professionals who have dealt with environmental issues in their careers. Chaired by Craig Vogt, formerly with the Environmental Protection Agency and now heading his own consulting company, Craig Vogt Inc., the panel included Dr. Robert Engler, Senior Environmenal Scientist at Moffatt & Nichol; Paul Quinn, vice president of Ellicott Dredging Inc. and president of WEDA; Tom Wang, senior partner, Anchor Environmental QEA, and Norman R. Francingues, Senior Project Engineer, OA Systems Corporation. The following are synopses of the talks.

WEDA Pacific Chapter Meeting Coming Up

Supplemental Sediment Sampling Program Begins in Upper Hudson

Crew Members Kidnapped from Jan de Nul Dredge

Mackie Resigns as GLDD President; Jonathan Berger Takes Over

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