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September-October 2013

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Barracuda Dredge Working in Arizona Canal

Barracuda Dredge Working in Arizona Canal

The San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District (SCIDD) in Coolidge, Arizona, has purchased an electrically powered Barracuda Class dredge from DSC Dredge, LLC to maintain the settling basin at the headworks of the Ashurst-Hayden Diversion Structure on the Florence-Casa Grande Canal.

Kongsberg Maps Lithuanian Harbor

The Lithuanian Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) completed the first-ever 100 percent coverage survey of Klaipeda Harbour in Lithuania, using Kongsberg’s Geo-Acoustics GeoSwath Plus COMPACT system. CORPI’s main activity is research for sustainable coastal zone management.

IADC to Hold ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ Forum in Malaysia

IADC to Hold ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ Forum in Malaysia

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) will hold a forum on Early Contractor Involvement on November 14 and 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Corps of Engineers Dredge Maintains Important Alaskan Shipping Channel

Corps of Engineers Dredge Maintains Important Alaskan Shipping Channel

In June, the Corps of Engineers Alaska District dredged the Cook Inlet Navigation Channel for the first time since its construction in 1999-2000, for safe ship passage between Knik Arm Shoal and the Port of Anchorage. This work was done on the channel, after sudden shoaling increased in recent years, reducing depths and affecting navigation.

Corps Proposes New District Boundaries

The Corps of Engineers has proposed realigning the boundaries of the Louisville and Detroit Districts for regulatory function.

New Brazilian Port Regulations to Open Up Dredging

New Brazilian Port Regulations to Open Up Dredging

As Brazil’s vast changes to its port regulations begin to shake out, it’s becoming clear that there will be sundry and sizable crumbs for the Brazilian and international dredging industries.

Dredge Central Is Refurbishing Used Equipment

Dredge Central Is Refurbishing Used Equipment

When Dredge Central, LLC opened its doors in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, in January of this year, people who had been in the industry for decades, at DMC, AMMCO, DMI and elsewhere, staffed the new company.

Dredge Goliath Working on Liverpool2

Dredge Goliath Working on Liverpool2

A joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Van Oord was awarded a £75 million pound (about $117 million) contract for Liverpool2, a new container terminal project that will open up the United Kingdom and Ireland to Asia, Middle East and the Americas shipping, after the new Panama Canal opens in 2015. Goliath, one of the world’s largest backhoe dredges, started work on the project in September.

Panama Canal Authority Prepares Tugboat Captains Project Nearing Three- Quarters Complete

Panama Canal Authority Prepares Tugboat Captains Project Nearing Three- Quarters Complete

Captains of the Panama Canal Dredging Division and Tugboat department were among the operators who helped redesign the ACP training program. As part of the preparations for the expanded Panama Canal, the Board of Inspectors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has certified 12 new tugboat captains, who recently completed the training.

Ryba-Terra Joint Venture Finishes Sheboygan River AOC Clean-up

Ryba-Terra Joint Venture Finishes Sheboygan River AOC Clean-up

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the official cleanup of an Area of Concern (AOC), established nearly 25 years ago, after removing contaminated sediment and introducing a number of habitat restoration projects. This work at the Sheboygan River in Wisconsin was first AOC to complete work for delisting, from the list of toxic hot spots identified in the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Second Quarter FY13 Revenues Increase

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) reported a net profit of EUR 123 million (about $164 million) in the first half of 2013. Revenues rose by 12 percent in the first half to EUR 1.6 billion ($2.23 billion).

OCC Expedites Permits for Rye Marina Dredging

OCC Expedites Permits for Rye Marina Dredging

Ocean and Coastal Consultants Engineering, PC (OCC) of Trumbull, Connecticut, guided the emergency dredging of the Rye Municipal Boat Basin and a portion of the Milton Harbor Federal Navigation Project in May of this year.

Environmental Award Winners Protect Habitat; Improve Water Quality and Operations

Environmental Award Winners Protect Habitat; Improve Water Quality and Operations

At the WEDA conference dinner, August 27, the WEDA Environmental Commission, chaired by Craig Vogt, of Craig Vogt Inc., presented the four 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards, in two categories, navigational and environmental dredging.

So That Ships May Pass: WEDA Conference 2013

So That Ships May Pass: WEDA Conference 2013

About 150 people and 30 exhibitors attended the 33rd Western Dredging Association (WEDA)/ Texas A&M 44th Annual Dredging Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii, from August 25 to 28. After opening remarks from WEDA President Robert Wetta of DSC Dredge, LLC, Col. Gregory Gunter, USACE, Pacific Division Deputy Commander, Hawaii, one of the few Corps representatives, spoke about the necessity of harbors and navigation, which supports every facet of life on the Hawaiian Islands. The budget issues were among the challenges he talked about for the Corps, but the focus of the majority of his talk was on transforming the civil works program to be more innovative and collaborative. That means important partnerships with groups that have a common interest in navigation, and doing things better at the Corps. The 3-3-3 concept tries to simplify Corps initiative so they are more manageable and more streamlined. Under this rule of three, Col. Gunter said studies by the Corps must be completed within three years, have a budget under $3 million, and go through three levels of review. The Corps has to be ready “to do less, with less,” Gunter said.

Louisiana Study Supports Mississippi River Deepening

The results of an economic impact report on the benefits of deepening the Mississippi River to 50 feet from its current 45-foot draft were released in August. The Big River Coalition, a multi-state maritime trade association, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development commissioned the study by noted economist Tim Ryan, PhD., entitled “The Economic Impact of Deepening the Mississippi River to 50 Feet.”

Dredging Roundup - North America

News items from North America of interest to the dredging community.

Dredging Roundup - Latin America

News items from Latin America of interest to the dredging community.

EVENTS

CONTRACTS

A summary of dredging contracts awarded in the United States from July 2, 2013, 2013 to September 5, 2013.

Editorial : September-October-2013

Editorial : September-October-2013

I’m finishing up this issue soon after returning from this year’s annual WEDA conference in Hawaii. I learn so much at these events, It’s hard to remember it all, so thankfully I can write it all down. I enjoyed meeting so many people who clearly enjoy what they do and genuinely have an interest in helping others in their field. I think associations give you something that your day-to-day job and your coworkers and other business partners can’t provide – the power of fellowship. We connect with people in many ways, and at business conferences, it’s over shared learning and commitment to what we love to do, and always with a sense of fun and celebration for how hard we work elsewhere.

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