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September-October 2016

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KNUD E. HANSEN CELEBRATES 80 YEARS, NEW LOGO

In preparation for its 80th birthday celebrations next year, Danish Naval Architect firm, Knud E. Hansen, has announced its new company logo. The new design – picturing the superstructure of a modern cruise ship within the lines of a traditional Viking longship – combines the company’s modern perspective on the world of ship design with its rich maritime heritage.

ROYAL IHC INTRODUCES NEW DESIGN PHI-LOSOPHY, AND NEW CEO

ROYAL IHC INTRODUCES NEW DESIGN PHI-LOSOPHY, AND NEW CEO

Royal IHC introduced a new design philosophy for offshore vessels at the ONS exhibition in Norway. The company said its new line of vessels showcases its ability to transform functional requirements into optimal performance with contemporary, safe and comfortable Dutch design techniques.

ANTON BERKENHEGER GROUP PLANS U.S. MARKET ENTRY

ANTON BERKENHEGER GROUP PLANS U.S. MARKET ENTRY

The Anton Berkenheger Group is planning entry into the U.S. market, and one of the first steps was its participation at PWX (Public Works Exhibition) in Minneapolis, from August 28 to 31. This exhibition addresses decision makers, professionals and interested parties from the municipal sector who want to network and learn about the newest technologies for municipal work.

HYPACK OFFERS MULTIBEAM TRAINING

On September 19 to 23, Swathe Services will be hosting a HYPACK Multibeam training course in Truro, United Kingdom.

JAMES FISHER INTRODUCES NEW MASS FLOW EXCAVATOR

JAMES FISHER INTRODUCES NEW MASS FLOW EXCAVATOR

ST. LOUIS DISTRICT AWARDS CONTRACT TO FUGRO

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District awarded Fugro a photogrammetric and LiDAR surveying and mapping contract.

EPA NY State DEC Questions Hudson River Cleanup; EPA Responds As It Begins Five-Year Review Process

In August, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos sent a letter to Judith Enck, regional administration, region 2, EPA, challenging the effectiveness of EPAs remedy to clean up PCBs from the Upper Hudson River.

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Purchases New Dredge for Winter Shoaling

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Purchases New Dredge for Winter Shoaling

After four years of drought, followed by an El Nin˜o season, Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor in Santa Cruz, California, had a federal entrance channel that had completely shoaled in through the winter. To compound the problem, the harbor’s dredge Seabright, which had been working to clear the harbor for 30 years, was nearing the end of its life. In June, DSC delivered a new dredge, Twin Lakes, to the harbor just in time.

Rutgers Team Tests High-Capacity Sediment Mixing Technology at the Port of New York & New Jersey

Rutgers Team Tests High-Capacity Sediment Mixing Technology at the Port of New York & New Jersey

In August 2015, Dr. Ali Maher and a team of engineers and soil scientists in the New York City area announced that their field test of the pneumatic flow tube mixing system (PFTM) for combining dredged material with a small amount of Portland cement had been a success.

USCG Shuts Down Nine Maritime DGPS Beacons

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that because of the comments received from navigation, dredging and hydrographic survey sec-tors, that only nine maritime beacons will be shut down, or disestablished, leaving most of the coastal and inland river National Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) beacons in operation.

Kieldrechtsluis, the World’s Largest Lock Opens at Port of Antwerp, Belgium

Kieldrechtsluis, the World’s Largest Lock Opens at Port of Antwerp, Belgium

Johan Dolman’s Material Processing Equipment Has Been a Boon to Major Dredging Projects

Johan Dolman’s Material Processing Equipment Has Been a Boon to Major Dredging Projects

On June 16, Johan Dolman and Ron Dielhof stood on the Miami Hyatt Regency patio near the location of the symbolic “last scoop” of the Miami River clean-up project, taken on October 15, 2008. Dolman’s company, Boskalis Dolman, part of the Boskalis group, was sub-contracted to process all 720,000 cubic yards of the material, mostly contaminated, removed from five miles of the river in that project. Ron Dielhof was a project engineer on that job, and today is Boskalis environmental process manager.

Sediment Symposium Explored Beneficial Use Markets

Sediment Symposium Explored Beneficial Use Markets

On July 10 to 13, environmental scientists and engineers gathered in Montreal for the Fifth International Symposium on Sediment Management - i2SM16 - held at the Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel. It was organized by the Université de Sherbrooke and the École des Mines de Douai. Dr. Patrice Rivard, Ph.D., C.E. of Sherbrooke was chairman of the 2016 organizing committee. Nor-Edine Abriak, is chairman of the biennial i2SM series. Previous locations were Lille, France, 2008; Casablanca, Mo-rocco, 2010; Alibaug, India, 2012 and Ferrera, Italy, 2014.

Corps New York District Analyzes Hurricane Sandy Damage to Aid Future Beach Nourishment Projects

Corps New York District Analyzes Hurricane Sandy Damage to Aid Future Beach Nourishment Projects

After analyzing the success and failure of its beaches post-Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that beach nourishment projects in the States of New York and New Jersey saved $1.3 billion in avoided damages. Now, the Corps New York District is taking these findings to improve future beach nourishment projects.

DEME Group Building the World’s First LNG-Powered Dredges

DEME Group Building the World’s First LNG-Powered Dredges

DEME AND DAELIM INDUSTRIAL LAUNCH MAJOR WORKS AT TUAS, SINGAPORE

Dredging International, a subsidiary of Belgium’s DEME Group, and the South Korean company, Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd., have started construction work on Singapore’s new container port at Tuas. The kick-off ceremony for the phase one of Singapore’s mega-port terminal was held at the end of April with Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan starting the construction by launching the first caisson at the site.

VAN OORD ACQUIRES BILFINGER OFFSHORE WIND ACTIVITIES

At the end of July, Van Oord, dredging and marine specialists, head-quartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, reached an agreement on the acquisition of the offshore wind activities of Bilfinger Marine & Off-shore Systems GmbH, a German company active in the engineering, construction and the installation of foundations for offshore wind parks and harbor construction. The agreement covers the acquisition of assets and employees related to the offshore wind activities. The acquisition is subject to approval by the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition (anti-trust) authority.

DRAVO S.A. WINS BEACH REPLENISHMENT CONTRACTS IN SPAIN

Dravo S.A., the Spanish subsidiary of Van Oord, headquartered in the Netherlands, has recently been awarded a number of long-term beach maintenance contracts. Beach replenishments in Barcelona and La Pineda near Tarragona have already been completed, while operations on the beach of Playa de Castillo, located on one of the Canary Islands known as Fuerteventura, are ongoing.

BOSKALIS FLEET RATIONALIZATION STUDY COMPLETED

Earlier in the year, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced that it intended to execute a fleet rationalization study. The study was initiated in light of the deteriorating market conditions and an expected prolonged period of low energy and commodity prices.

BAGGERBEDRIJF DE BOER B.V. (DUTCH DREDGING B.V.) JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DREDGING COMPANIES (IADC)

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) announced in mid-July that Baggerbedrijf De Boer B.V. (Dutch Dredging B.V.) had joined the organization as a main member.

TIDEWAY WINS EXPORT CABLE INSTALLATION CONTRACT FOR HORNSEA PROJECT ONE OFFSHORE WIND FARM IN THE NORTH SEA

TIDEWAY WINS EXPORT CABLE INSTALLATION CONTRACT FOR HORNSEA PROJECT ONE OFFSHORE WIND FARM IN THE NORTH SEA

SCOTLAND’S ABERDEEN OFFSHORE WIND FARM CONTRACT AWARD-ED TO BOSKALIS

PORTS AMERICA AND THE PORT OF TAMPA BAY SIGN AGREEMENT

PORTS AMERICA AND THE PORT OF TAMPA BAY SIGN AGREEMENT

At the end of July, Ports America and the Port Tampa Bay Container Terminal signed an amended agreement, valid through May 2046, for a new breakbulk concession of five years, which includes two one-year extension options.

LOUISIANA PARISH AND PORT COMMISSION STEP UP TO HELP FUND NAVIGATION CHANNEL DREDGING

In August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District and the Terrebonne Parish Port Commission signed an agreement for additional funds for more dredging and improved channel depth in the Houma Navigation Canal.

PORT OF WILMINGTON COMPLETES TURNING BASIN EXPANSION; ORION AWARDED CONTRACT FOR BASIN WORK

The North Carolina Ports has completed the expansion project of its turning basin at the Port of Wilmington. The expansion will allow for the accommodation of post-Panamax vessels, the first of which arrived on August 7 at the Port of Wilmington.

MANSON PERFORMING MAINTENANCE AT THE PORT OF FREEPORT

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded Manson Construction Company a $7,629,200 contract for maintenance dredging of the Freeport Harbor Entrance and Jetty channels in Brazoria, County, Texas.

WEEKS MARINE AWARDED CONTRACT FOR HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL; PORT INCREASES FUNDING FOR MAINTENANCE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a $15,692,500 contract to Weeks Marine Inc. for maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel, Redfish Reef to Morgan’s Point.

NEW DIRECT SERVICE FROM PORT OF NEW ORLEANS TO SOUTH AMERICA

QUÉBEC MARITIME OFFICIALS VISIT PORT OF INDIANA TO FURTHER PARTNERSHIP

In June, Québec Associate Secretary General of Maritime Affairs Georges Farrah and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith met at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to tour the port and discuss maritime strategies for growing regional economies.

CORPS LEADERS MEET TO TOUR SAVANNAH HARBOR EXPANSION PROJECT

CORPS LEADERS MEET TO TOUR SAVANNAH HARBOR EXPANSION PROJECT

PORT OF MOBILE EXPANDS SERVICE TO ASIA

The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) announced a new joint weekly direct container shipping service between the Port of Mobile and key ports in Asia.

SEATTLE DISTRICT AND PORT RELEASE DRAFT FEASIBILITY REPORT ON SEATTLE HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT

SEATTLE DISTRICT AND PORT RELEASE DRAFT FEASIBILITY REPORT ON SEATTLE HARBOR DEEPENING PROJECT

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District released the Seattle Harbor Navigation Improvement Project Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for a 30-day comment period from August 2 to 31. The Port of Seattle is also the non-federal sponsor working with the Corps to complete the study. The two held a public meeting for the proposal on August 18.

September/October 2016 - Contracts

TELEDYNE CARIS RELEASES HPD 3.2

TELEDYNE CARIS RELEASES HPD 3.2

Teledyne CARIS announced the release of Hydrographic Production Database (HPD)™ 3.2. As part of the CARIS Ping-to-Chart™ solution, HPD offers an integrated suite of products for managing data in a seamless database, providing simultaneous data compilation by multiple users.

ARC SURVEYING & MAPPING INC. MERGES WITH FOSTER & ASSOCIATES

Arc Surveying & Mapping Inc. announced in July that it is merging with Foster & Associates of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Together, the two companies will provide expanded multidiscipline surveying services throughout the Midwest and Mississippi River Valley Basin.

DSC DELIVERS DREDGE TO NCDOT

DSC DELIVERS DREDGE TO NCDOT

This spring the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) took delivery of a DSC cutter suction dredge, to work in the state-maintained intracoastal ferry channels, from Cape Fear River near Wilmington to Currituck Sound near the North Carolina-Virginia state line. It will also maintain an emergency route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe, south of Nags Head – the route used when North Carolina Highway 12 is out of service due to a storm or other event.

New Design Gives ‘Four Wheel Drive’ to Amphibious Excavator Tracked Pontoons

New Design Gives ‘Four Wheel Drive’ to Amphibious Excavator Tracked Pontoons

Malaysian manufacturer EIK Engineering is marketing a new system for amphibious excavators that replaces a single chain drive with four direct-drive hydraulic motors mounted on the axles. Sales and Marketing Director C.Y. Wong and Branch Manager Pavel Syrtsov introduced the system at WODCON XXI in Miami.

Hong Kong International Airport Accepts Tenders for Land Reclamation Contract in the Third Runway System (3RS) Project

Hong Kong International Airport Accepts Tenders for Land Reclamation Contract in the Third Runway System (3RS) Project

The Hong Kong International Airport’s “In-vitation to Tender Three Runway System (3RS) Project” has closed. Known as Contract 3206 – Main Reclamation Works, the tenders for this contract were due for submission to the Airport Authority not later than 16:30 (Hong Kong time) on Wednesday, August 24.

New York/New Jersey Harbor Deepening Complete After Three Decades

New York/New Jersey Harbor Deepening Complete After Three Decades

On September 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced the completion of the port’s main navigation channel deepening program, culminating work that spans three decades to deepen the harbor to 50 feet.

Editorial - Senate Passes WRDA 2016 by 95-3 Vote

Editorial - Senate Passes WRDA 2016 by 95-3 Vote

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