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Bollinger Modifies Vessel For Deeper Dredging

Two Bollinger shipyards have teamed to increase the dredging depth of the Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Co. dustpan dredge, Wallace Mcgeorge, from 62-ft. to 75-ft., enabling it to dredge at higher river stages and dispatch sooner on a falling river. In the process, Bollinger Quick Repair, Harvey, La., fabricated and installed 45-ton, 36-ft. by 20-ft., port and starboard sections to the horn of the dredge, increasing the vessel’s overall length from 252.5 feet to 288.5 ft. The shipyard then installed a new 46-ton, 40-ft. wide by 15-ft. by 30-ft. high, A-frame which it had pre-fabricated for the dredge. The A-frame, which more closely resembles an inverted “U”, is used to accommodate a new “ladder” that was fabricated at Bollinger Gulf Repair, New Orleans and installed at Bollinger Quick Repair. “By assigning the work to two of our shipyards, we were able to complete the entire job in just over three months,” said Allen Stein, operations manager of Bollinger. The 120-foot long by 17-foot wide, 93-ton ladder is fitted between the legs of the A-frame and the two new hull sections so it can be raised or lowered to the required dredging depth. The 20-ton, 30-foot-1/4 inch wide dustpan suction head tips the lower “business” end of the ladder. The dustpan, which can be likened to a vacuum cleaner, is very efficient in excavating sand material from river bottoms


Drop in Cocoa Bean Size Worries Ivorian Exporters

Dry weather in top cocoa grower Ivory Coast has caused a sharp drop in bean size and will delay the start of the April-to-September mid-crop by nearly two months, exporters and merchants said on Friday. Bean size is determined by counting the number of beans per 100 grammes of cocoa, known as the bean count. Ivory Coast's marketing board, the Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC), has fixed a ceiling of 105 beans per 100 grammes for beans destined for export.


From VLCC Bridge To Beans Café

Joseph Hazelwood -- the man who was captain of the Exxon Valdez supertanker when it grounded against the Alaska coast has started his first month-long stint of helping out at a kitchen -- Beans Cafe -- that serves Anchorage's poor and homeless. The community service is part of his sentence for his criminal conviction stemming from the 1989 accident in which about 35,000 tons of oil were spilled in Prince William Sound.


This Day in Naval History – Nov. 24

1852 - Commodore Matthew Perry sails from Norfolk, VA, to negotiate a treaty with Japan for friendship and commerce. 1964 - USS Princeton (LPH-5) completes 7-days of humanitarian relief to South Vietnam which suffered damage from typhoon and floods. 1969 - HS-4 from USS Hornet (CVS-12) recovers Apollo 12's all-Navy crew of astronauts, Commanders Richard Gordon, Charles Conrad, and Alan Bean, after moon landing by Conrad and Bean.


Abundant Rains, Sun Seen Boosting Ivorian Cocoa Crop

Abundant rainfall and sunny spells last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions are set to improve growing conditions to ensure a strong finish of the April-to-September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday. The marketing season for the mid-crop officially opened on April 1 and harvesting is picking up rapidly. Farmers in most regions said the weather conditions should allow for robust output through to at least July.


Major Ivorian Cocoa Buyers Boycott Local Exporters Scheme

Major cocoa buyers are boycotting a scheme in Ivory Coast aimed at guaranteeing local firms a share of the lucrative export market, arguing that these players lack the expertise and financing to ensure reliable deliveries.   A 2011 reform of the cocoa sector in Ivory Coast, the world's largest producer, specified that a significant share of the annual crop should be allocated to local companies for export, in a bid to develop the domestic industry.  


Standard Club to Host MLC Seminar in Istanbul

The Standard Club will address an audience of over 120 Turkish shipowner representatives and brokers on the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) at a seminar at the Turkish Chamber of Shipping in Istanbul on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Turkey is expected to ratify the MLC in the near future. The seminar will also cover other current topics of interest to shipowners including Electronic Bills of Lading. The MLC 2006, which came into force on August, 20 2013


Brazil Port Jam Benefits U.S. Soybean Stakeholders

The congestion at Brazilian grain terminals is worsening and U.S. soybean suppliers may have reason to celebrate. U.S. soybean sales to date in the new marketing year have been rather sluggish, lagging the previous two years by 20 percent. At the same time, vessels are backing up at Brazilian ports amidst the height of their corn export season. Average wait times outside Paranagua, which ships up to 20 percent of Brazil's exportable soybeans, reached 43 days last month.


Ivory Coast Lifts Ecom Cocoa, Coffee Export Ban

Courtesy Ecom

Top cocoa grower Ivory Coast has reinstated the export licence of Swiss agricultural trader Ecom Agroindustrial Corp Ltd's local unit, rescinding a ban imposed in a dispute over farmer bonuses, a document from the marketing board showed. The Coffee and Cocoa Council, CCC, imposed the suspension, which also barred Ecom subsidiary ZAMACOM from participating in cocoa auctions, on Feb. 4. Several farmer cooperatives had complained to the CCC that ZAMACOM owed them premium payments for


Agencies Reach Accord on Managing Long Island Sound Dredged Materials

Six government agencies tasked with regulating dredging activities in Long Island Sound have reached accord on a process to support the goal of reducing or eliminating open water disposal of dredged materials into the Sound while maintaining the economic viability of New York and Connecticut's working ports. The agreement ratifies the intent of three federal and three state agencies to formally administer a Regional Dredging Team to comply with the June 3, 2005, rulemaking by the U.S


Fundraiser Held for USS Gerald R. Ford Crew

Photo: Blackmer

Blackmer, a company in positive displacement and centrifugal pump and reciprocating compressor technologies, has a relationship with the U.S. Military that dates back to 1914 when it became an official equipment supplier to the Armed Forces.  


Damen Wins Best Paper Award at WODCON

Klaas Slager during his presentation on dredge pump efficiency (Photo: Damen)

At the WODCON 2016 held last week in Miami, Damen was awarded the “Best Paper Award” for a paper on efficient dredge pump design, written and presented by Klaas Slager.   The WODCON is the annual conference of the Wester Dredging Association


Trelleborg Debuts New Dredging Hose in China

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation is now manufacturing a pre-bend rubber dredging hose in China – the only one of its kind available in the country, according to the manufacturer.   Currently exclusive to Trelleborg’s Chinese manufacturing operation


MTG Presents Latest Dredging Solutions in Miami

MTG attended the Wodcon XXI World Dredging Congress and Exhibition from June 13-17, 2016, introducing its latest solutions for the dredging market.   The new MTG Systems DMet is a G.E.T system ideal for cutter and hopper dredgers, which improves productivity and increases protection


Dredging Begins in Milford Harbor

Photo by Milford Mayors Office

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging MIlford Harbor over the next two weeks, says a press release from Milford Mayor Ben Blake’s office.   Army Corps will be using a 150-foot vessel called the Currituck, which is a special purpose dredge barge.  


Coast Guard to Remove Some Navigation Aids in Virginia

Waterway on the Coast of Virginia Federal Navigation Projects and Virginia Inside Passage Discontinued Aids to Navigation (U.S. Coast Guard map)

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to discontinue 166 navigational aids within the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns throughout the area.   Fixed aids to navigation will be removed as Coast Guard resources permit over the next several years


Damen Delivers Floating Pump Station to Hamburg

Damen Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom (Photo: Damen)

Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has taken delivery of the Sauger III, a custom floating pump station by Damen Shipyards Group for supporting dredging operations. Situated 110 km inland on the River Elbe and with a tidal range of 3.6 meters, the Hamburg Port requires regularly dredging like most ports


DSC Dredge Receives President’s E-Star Award

E-Star Award Cermony (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, La., has received the 2016 President’s “E-Star” Award for exports.   In a ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s headquarters in Washington, D.C


Glosten Promotes Lamkin to Senior Marine Consultant

Bradley Lamkin (Photo: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has promoted Bradley G. Lamkin, PE to Senior Marine Consultant. As a Senior Marine Consultant and member of the Principals’ Group, Lamkin will continue to lead Glosten’s marine construction efforts.


Crowley Ramps up Investment in Puerto Rico

First row (L to R): John Hutchins, principal, Harbor Consulting Engineers; Tucker Gilliam, vice president, Crowley; Humberto Reynolds, president, Del Valle Group; second row: Carmelo Calderon, vice president, infrastructure division, Del Valle Group; Jose Soler, project manager, Del Valle Group. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Puerto Rico Services announced an additional $21 million construction contract for improvements and upgrades at its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan.    The contract was awarded to Del Valle Group, S.P. of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico


New Tug Heads for New Zealand

Photo: Sanmar

Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey said it is in the process of shipping a Robert Allan Limited designed Rascal Class ASD tugboat to Port Otago Limited (POL) in New Zealand.   The new tug, Arihi, named in consultation with the local Rununga (Maori council), measures 18 m long


ASL Marine Secures New Contracts

 Photo:  ASL Marine Holdings Ltd

 Shipbuilder ASL Marine  has secured a total S$156 million worth of contracts from its shipbuilding, shiprepair & conversion, shipchartering and dredging engineering divisions.   The contracts secured are mainly from repeat customers in the region as well as in the Middle East


DSC Dredge Launches New Website

Image: DSC Dredge

DSC Dredge, LLC, announced it has launched a new website, www.dscdredge.com, featuring a updated look, improved navigation and enhanced functionality.    DSC said it took significant time in creating its new website to think through not only how the company does business


New Offshore Wind Project Launched in China

Joint venture between European offshore wind pioneer and Chinese shipping giant; China COSCO Shipping and DEME team up to develop offshore wind energy in China   The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and China COSCO Shipping – the largest shipping


Singapore’s Mega Terminal Construction Kicks Off

Image: MPA Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has started the construction of a new container terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing container port facilities and consolidate operations for the long term.  






 
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