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September-October 2014

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Cummins Engine Plant Celebrates 40 Years

In August, Cummins Inc. celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Jamestown, New York.

VSTEP Wins Mexican Navy Contract

VSTEP Wins Mexican Navy Contract

The Mexican Navy selected VSTEP to supply a Class A Nautis full mission bridge (FMB) simulator and 24 Nautis desktop trainer stations for the Naval Academy in Veracruz, Mexico. The simulators will be installed at the new simulator training wing of the Heroica Escuela Naval Militar set to open in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Elastec Provides Equipment in Ecuador

Elastec Provides Equipment in Ecuador

The state oil company of Ecuador, PetroEcuador, purchased Elastec/American Marine oil spill response equipment.

Kongsberg Maritime Delivers Offshore Simulator

Ocean Rig UDW Inc., an offshore drilling contractor, chose Kongsberg Maritime to supply its offshore and navigation simulator package for a brand-new training center.

IHC Hytech Wins Order

IHC Hytech, part of Royal IHC, has secured an order for two containerized air-dive spreads from Bluestream, an offshore and subsea company that operates in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. The system has a containerized 1,800 mm decompression chamber with a full three-dive control panel and a separate machinery container that will be modified for the customer.

BAM Completes Australian LNG Facility

BAM Completes Australian LNG Facility

The BAM Clough joint venture has completed the design/build contract for the Ichthys LNG project’s Module Offloading Facility (MOF) near Darwin, Northern Territory, Austrailia, for JKC Austrailia LNG (JGC Corporation, KBR and Chlyoda Corporation).

Teledyne Acquires Atlas Hydrographic

Teledyne RESON GmbH, subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc., acquired the assets of Atlas Hydrographic GmbH, based in Bremen, Germany. Atlas designs and manufactures marine sonar systems for mid and deep water applications, specializing in complete hydrographic survey systems for civil applications. Atlas products include advanced multi-beam echo sounders and sub-bottom profilers.

VOSTA to Supply Boskalis

VOSTA to Supply Boskalis

VOSTA LMG will supply Royal Boskalis Westminster with dredge ball joints, a series of high pressure crossover ball joints for dredge pipes. The ball joints have an internal diameter of 1,000 mm and use two wear liners for more protection and higher flow performance.

HYPACK Offers 2015 USA Training Event

The HYPACK® 2015 USA Training Event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from January 5 to 8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio River.

NOAA Selects HYPACK Inc.

NOAA Selects HYPACK Inc.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) selected HYPACK® and HYSWEEP® software for five of its fishery survey vessels. The vessels, outfitted with the Simrad ME70 scientific multibeam system onboard, are used by NOAA’s for fishery and habitat mapping.

Ross Labs Awarded Corps Contract

Ross Labs, LLC won an Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District $242,755.16 contract for a multi-channel hydrographic sweep system for hydrographic surveying for the Rio Grande Valley Resident Office in Port Isabel, Texas.

Thordon Bearings Reinstalled in Cutterhead

Thordon Bearings Reinstalled in Cutterhead

Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME) cutter suction dredge D’Artagnan was dry docked in February 2014 to remove the cutterhead shaft and inspect the shaft and bearings.

Snyder Improves Container Design

Snyder Improves Container Design

Snyder Industries, a poly and steel tank manufacturer, introduces the new Cubetainer™ stackable tank product line. These containers are used to store lubricants and machine fluids for dredging equipment at project sites, in lieu of drums or pails.

Cargo Numbers – July 2014

The Georgia Port Authority (GPA) reach an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 TEUs, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

IRPT Starts Tonnage Reporting Campaign

The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) association kicked off its tonnage reporting campaign in August. Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute of Water Resources and the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, IRPT has compiled an informational packet that address the who, what, where, when, why and how of proper tonnage reporting.

Long Beach Honors Manson with Community Award

Corps Releases Study of Port Everglades Deepening Project

Corps/Port Partnership Project Reducing Maintenance Dredging

Teknologic Purchases the Assets of Ross Laboratories, Inc.

Teknologic Purchases the Assets of Ross Laboratories, Inc.

Teknologic Engineering Services, Inc. of Edmonds, Washington, completed the asset purchase of Ross Laboratories Inc. on July 25, 2014. The new Ross Labs, LLC joins Teknologic, LLC as an entity of the corporation. Brent Smith is CEO and Terry Stodeller is CFO of Teknologic. Smith and Bill Beatty, senior program manager, will be the primary contacts for Ross Labs, LLC.

Environment Canada Experts Discuss the Nation’s Disposal at Sea Protocols

Environment Canada Experts Discuss the Nation’s Disposal at Sea Protocols

The environmental dredging panel at the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) annual meeting in Toronto comprised scientists and regulators from Environment Canada (EC), who discussed the scientific and regulatory framework in Canada for placement of dredged material at sea.

Dredge Efficiency Dropping? It Could Need a Boost

Dredge Efficiency Dropping? It Could Need a Boost

As a dredge moves farther away from the discharge point, the pump speed is increased to maintain a proper slurry velocity within the pipeline. Once maximum pump speed has been achieved, further increasing the discharge distance causes the cost-per-ton of material moved to rise, while production declines. Of course, there is always a cost involved in pumping the water/material slurry, and the associated fuel or power required to do so. Because of this, the idea of adding a booster pump to the dredging operation in order to reduce costs may seem counterintuitive. It is true that adding booster pumps requires an initial outlay of money for equipment, as well as ongoing costs for fuel or power supply and replacement of wear parts. However, the added benefits of greater production and less wear and tear on equipment means that a booster pump will typically pay for itself within a short period of time.

PIANC Announces Date and Theme for Dredging 2015 Conference

WEDA Pacific Chapter Hosts Conference in Seattle

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Pacific Chapter will host its annual conference at the Arctic Club in Seattle, Washington from October 22 to 24.

Corps Completes Mississippi River Emergency Dredging

Corps Completes Mississippi River Emergency Dredging

In July, LS Marine Inc. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District on the Mississippi River to reopen the waterway following June floods.

Ret. Maj. Gen. Walsh Joins GLDD

Ret. Maj. Gen. Walsh Joins GLDD

The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. elected Major General (Ret.) Michael J. Walsh as a board director and appointed him to the company’s compensation committee.

Argentina and Uruguay Reach Agreement for Emergency Dredging

Argentina and Uruguay Reach Agreement for Emergency Dredging

Argentina and Uruguay have put aside years of political rancor – at least temporarily – over the channel they share custody of and began to dredge its shallowest points after at least four ships touched bottom while traversing it.

Texas’ Cedar Bayou Reconnects with Gulf of Mexico

Texas’ Cedar Bayou Reconnects with Gulf of Mexico

Peru’s Port of Salaverry Gets Long Awaited Dredging

Peru’s Port of Salaverry Gets Long Awaited Dredging

GLSR Approaching End of Grand Calumet River Remediation Project

GLSR Approaching End of Grand Calumet River Remediation Project

Great Lakes Sediment Remediation, LLC (GLSR) has nearly completed a contract to restore the East Branch of the Grand Calumet River in Northwest Indiana under a Great Lakes Legacy Reauthorization Act contract, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO).

DREDGING ROUNDUP OVERSEAS -September/October 2014

DREDGING ROUNDUP OVERSEAS -September/October 2014

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA - September/October 2014

DREDGING ROUNDUP NORTH AMERICA - September/October 2014

DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA - September/October 2014

DREDGING ROUNDUP LATIN AMERICA - September/October 2014

CONTRACTS - September/October 2014

EDITORIAL - September/October 2014

EDITORIAL - September/October 2014

As GLSR, LLC works on the remediation of the Grand Calumet River and adjacent wetlands, their efforts are creating a renewed landscape that is a boon to the area. Our article in this issue describes the mechanics of achieving the remediation. Another aspect is the effect the project is having on the local area.

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