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September-October 2015

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Egyptians Celebrate Opening of “New” Suez Canal

Egyptians Celebrate Opening of “New” Suez Canal

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al Sisi formally opened the “new” Suez Canal on August 6 in an elaborate ceremony in the canal city of Ismailia.

LIEBHERR LAUNCHES HS 8300 HD WITH NEW HYDRAULIC HYBRID DRIVE

LIEBHERR LAUNCHES HS 8300 HD WITH NEW HYDRAULIC HYBRID DRIVE

In September, Liebherr launched the HS8300 HD, the largest duty cycle crawler crane in its HS series. The first model was sold to Chioggia, Italy-based Zeta S.r.l.

KELLER TO SUPPLY DREDGE PUMP GEARBOXES FOR NEW CCCC DREDGE

KELLER TO SUPPLY DREDGE PUMP GEARBOXES FOR NEW CCCC DREDGE

Chuwa Bussan Co., Ltd., which is part of the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), signed a contract on July 14 with C. u. W. Keller GmbH & Co. KG (KELLER) from Troisdorf, Germany, to supply all dredge pump gearboxes and a giant gearbox to drive the cutterhead, on a new flagship dredge for CCCC Tianjin Dredging Co. Ltd.

CRA AND ORION TO HOST DREDGING SEMINAR

Chris Ransome & Associations, Inc. (CRA) and Orion Marine Group, announced their upcoming half-day dredging seminar, “Dredging Your Docks,” to be held October 8 at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi.

ITS LAUNCHES DENS-ITOMETER FOR SLURRY MONITORING

ITS LAUNCHES DENS-ITOMETER FOR SLURRY MONITORING

Industrial Tomography Systems (ITS) has developed the DENS-ITOMETER to monitor slurry flows within a pipeline. ITS said the technology offers a greener and more cost effective alternative to conventional nuclearbased systems.

Dredging Roundup / NORTH AMERICA Sep/Oct 2015

Dredging Roundup / LATIN AMERICA Sep/Oct 2015

Dredge Maintenance Puts Broadkill Beach Project on Hold Temporarily

Dredge Maintenance Puts Broadkill Beach Project on Hold Temporarily

The beach nourishment project at Broadkill​ Beach in Delaware — part of the Delaware River channel deepening — has been put on hold as dredging equipment undergoes maintenance and inspection, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District.

PORT OF GRAYS HARBOR BEGINS MAINTENANCE DREDGING

American Constrution Co. began an annual maintenance dredging project of the federal navigation channel in Grays Harbor Inner Harbor in July.

SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT STUDIES REDWOOD CITY PORT DEEPENING

The San Francisco District released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for a deepening project at the Port of Redwood City, California, to improve navigation. The report was prepared by Hydro-Plan LLC, and Moffatt and Nichol and released in June 2015.

NC PORT AUTHORITY FOCUSES ON PORT OF WILMINGTON STUDY

The North Carolina State Ports Authority welcomed Congressman Bill Shuster (R– PA) and Congressman David Rouzer (R–NC) to the Port of Wilmington in June, where they discussed the importance of the Wilmington Harbor and the Port of Wilmington’s impact on the state’s economy.

PHILADELPHIA PORT AUTHORITY MOVES TO NEXT PHASE OF EXPANSION PROJECT

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in September, to select one or more private-sector partners to develop Southport Marine Terminal Complex. The site is 194 acres at the eastern tip of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

CHARLESTON HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT RECEIVES FINAL CORPS APPROVAL

On September 14, the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project received its Chief’s Report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the final approval required before the project can work toward construction – and the project received the approval in a record four years.

New DEME Hopper Dredge Will Operate on LNG

New DEME Hopper Dredge Will Operate on LNG

The DEME Group has ordered a new generation of its Antigoon class dredge. Named the Scheldt River, the dredge is being built by Royal IHC in the Netherlands. It will be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines, and will be the first dredge to operate engines capable of using either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional marine fuels.

Jacksonville Harbor Begins Mile Point Project, Ahead of Port Deepening

Jacksonville Harbor Begins Mile Point Project, Ahead of Port Deepening

In April 2015, the Jacksonville District awarded Manson Construction Company a $39,520,500 contract for dredging and construction work along the St. Johns River at Mile Point. This project will correct a navigation issue where the river and Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) meet, in anticipation of the larger port deepening project, which will complete the design and engineering phase in November.

Ellicott Announces New Dragon Cutter Suction Dredge

Ellicott Announces New Dragon Cutter Suction Dredge

Ellicott Dredges has announced a new 20-inch (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon® dredge.

DRAGFLOW Offers New Amphibious Dredge

DRAGFLOW Offers New Amphibious Dredge

A new DRAGFLOW amphibious dredge (DRM85/160E22) was sold by the company’s Chilean distributor Jacol to a mining company in northern Chile. The dredge will work in a tailings pond near a mine in the Atacama Desert, which runs along the Pacific Coast through Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Agencies Seek to Eliminate DGPS Beacon System

Agencies Seek to Eliminate DGPS Beacon System

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted a notice on August 18 in the Federal Register, describing their intention to deactivate most of the Nationwide Global Positioning System (NDGPS) on January 15, 2016.

WEDA to Host WODCON XXI in Miami

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) will host the World Dredging Congress (WODCON) XXI in Miami, from June 13 – 16, 2016.

How to Build the Next Generation of Greener Hopper Dredges

For decades, the leadership and technological supremacy in the field of trailing suction hopper dredge design and construction has resided in Western Europe, particularly the Netherlands. While there have been significant changes in the maritime, shipbuilding and dredging industries, much of the current fleet of U.S. hopper dredges includes obsolete design features that would not be found on a contemporary European dredge. These out-of-date features economically and environmentally penalize the operators for the life of the vessel and restrict the efficiency of the fleet for the ships’ entire lives.

Fire Island Stabilization Projects Are Proceeding

Fire Island Stabilization Projects Are Proceeding

The New York District Corps of Engineers has let two major dredging contracts to stabilize the protective dunes on New York’s Fire Island, and will advertise two additional contracts at the beginning of 2016.

Great Lakes Building Dunes to Protect Long Beach Island

Great Lakes Building Dunes to Protect Long Beach Island

Great Lakes Dock & Dredge began pumping sand for sand dunes on Long Beach Island in May. The $128 million storm reduction project is projected to run for 480 days until April 12, 2016.

Charles “Chuck” Hummer Dies at 78

Charles “Chuck” Hummer Dies at 78

Charles W. “Chuck” Hummer died on June 25 at the age of 78. He was battling ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – and was admitted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with pneumonia on June 21.

Buffalo District to Study Sediment Movement Along Presque Isle Peninsula

Buffalo District to Study Sediment Movement Along Presque Isle Peninsula

To study the movement of sediment along the Presque Isle Bay shoreline in Erie, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District is conducting a particle tracer study to determine if material dredged from Erie Harbor Shipping Channel can be used to nourish and enhance the shoreline growth on the peninsula.

WEDA México Chapter Holds First Meeting

WEDA México Chapter Holds First Meeting

The newly-revived Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Mexico Chapter held its first meeting from September 1 to 2 at Centro Asturiano de Polanco in Mexico City. The chapter meeting—well attended by both members of the Mexican dredging community and vendors from across the world—featured presentations on the Panama Canal expansion, ongoing development projects at Mexico’s ports and along the country’s waterways, and the outlook for the dredging industry in the northernmost Latin American country.

Contracts - September/October 2015

Editorial

Editorial

Ports across the country are gearing up for major expansions and deepening projects, in large part for the expansion of the Panama Canal.

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