International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

At the end of the first quarter of 2011 DSC reported that business had returned to what it had been before the recession.

“DSC has always found a sense of security in the backlog the company maintains and is thankful that it has returned to normal” said a company news release. “With a name that has become globally recognized the company continues to expand and is looking to exceed previous annual profits” the statement continued.

DSC has accepted a contract from the Loup Power District Columbus Nebraska for the first dustpan dredge to be manufactured under the DSC name. Expected to be delivered and placed in service in August 2011 the dredge will maintain the canal that feeds two hydroelectric plants. The new dredge will replace the company’s existing unit which was built in the 1930s and has enjoyed a long productive life.

On the other side of the world a DSC 24-inch dual pump Marlin Class dredge arrived in Chittagong Bangladesh in February. The dredge has a 23-meter (75.5-foot) digging depth capability and is one of two units ordered by the Bashundhara Dredging Company in Dhaka. In addition to the two powerful dredges a DSC multipurpose workboat was also delivered to support dredging operations.

DSC field engineer Carl Agurcia is on-site supervising the assembly and launch of the dredge and workboat.

“We are in the final stages of training the local crew in operations and maintenance and this dredge is causing a huge buzz in the area” Agurcia reported. “Government officials private companies and even our competitors are stopping by to see this dredge in action”. The second 24” Dual Pump Marlin was on a ship bound for Chittagong in mid-April and scheduled to arrive the first week of May.

In the state of Caldas Colombia CHEC Electric Company has been operating their 10-inch Wolverine dredge since December dredging sediment from two hydroelectric dams. Following the dredge launch CHEC’s employees received operator and maintenance training.

Finally almost eight months after taking delivery of their new 24-inch cutter suction dredge Reed the Port of New Orleans reported that the new dredge was providing significant fuel savings using only a third of the fuel used by the previous dredge and maintaining a much higher rate of production aided by DSC’s Maximizer suction relief system.

The fuel efficiency is attributed to the dredge’s modern GE engine. The Port has also grown fond of the new dredge’s rake feature located on the stern of the dredge which makes pushing the dredge upriver a much simpler task.
The dredge’s elevated walkway makes boarding the dredge easier. Because the Mississippi River stages fluctuate between two and 16 feet boarding the previous dredge was a problem involving climbing a series of stairways. The walkway on the new dredge solves this problem.

The dredge also boasts self-contained access to the engine room galley lever room onboard offices and work area. Being able to access multiple areas by way of an indoor staircase is especially practical in southern Louisiana where it rains frequently.

So far 2011 is proving to be a strong year for DSC as orders continue to roll in. The company is steadily expanding and now has equipment in more than 40 different countries.