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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

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

VOSTA LMG Receives Order

VOSTA LMG has been awarded a contract for a cutter suction dredge CSD750 by INTERNATIONAL SEAPORT DREDGING LTD., a joint venture company of the Belgian dredging major Dredging International (member of the DEME group) and the Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro. The dredge will be used for dredging projects throughout India due to the growing demand from the Indian market for dredging operations. The mono hull cutter suction dredge design and characteristics has been defined in close

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

IHC Services Secures Dredger Repair Contract

HUTA 14 self-propelled cutter suction dredger at work (Photo: Royal IHC)

IHC Services, a subsidiary of Dutch shipbuilder and repairer Royal IHC, informs it has secured an order for a renovation project for a dredging vessel owned by Huta Marine Works Ltd in Saudi Arabia.   The contract calls for work on the HUTA 14 self-propelled cutter suction dredger (SPCSD)

Ulstein Systems Ordered for New Rock Installers

(Image: Ulstein)

Ulstein Power & Control announced it has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd. to deliver power and control for two subsea rock installation vessels for offshore dredging and construction specialist Jan De Nul Group.  

Mobile Dredging Bags Shark River Contract

Image: Mobile Dredging & Pumping Co

 The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.6 million contract to dredge the Shark River in Monmouth County after the effects of Superstorm Sandy created a greater need to complete the long-delayed project. Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. of Chester, Pa

Dredging Contract Awarded for Corpus Christi LNG Terminal

U.S. dredging services provider Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced it was awarded a contract for work on an export terminal under the development of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL).   CCL, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc

GC Hidromek, Aker JV to Develop Dredgers

  GC  “Hidromek”  (Russia) and Aker Arctic (Finland) have signed the strategic partnership agreement  at NEVA 2015 GC “Hydromech” (Russia) Inc and Aker Arctic (Finland) signed an agreement on strategic partnership at the NEVA 2015 International

INMEX SMM India Finds its Footing

Inauguration of the INMEX SMM Event

  The impressive response to the INMEX SMM India 2015 that was officially opened yesterday by Deepak Shetty, Director General of Shipping, Government of India, seems to be a clear indication that the green shoots of economic recovery are finally making their appearance in the country

PortMiami Dredging Clears Way for Mega Ships

Dredger in PortMiami (Photo: Port Miami)

PortMiami Deep Dredge gives businesses the infrastructure necessary for growth The completion of the PortMiami deep dredge project, which deepens the port’s main harbor channel from 42 feet to a depth of 52 feet to accommodate Post-Panamax ships

Savannah Harbor Dredging Begins

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

 The dredging project in the Savannah Harbor began on Monday. The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency overseeing the harbor expansion, says that the project started on Tybee Island as crews on a 220-foot dredging barge worked about 5 miles offshore.  

Penobscot Bay Dredging Called Off, for Now

Penobscot Bay. Credit: FreeFoto

 The Army Corps of Engineers withdrew on Tuesday its state permitting application for a Penobscot Bay dredging project opposed by lobstermen, tourism business owners and environmentalists.   The Portland Press Herald reports Corps project manager Barbara Blumeris sent a letter to the

New Cutter Suction Dredge: Modern and Efficient

Image: Ellicott Dredges

Ellicott Dredges, LLC has debuted a new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon dredge.    Aiming to take advantage of modern, up-to-date technology and advanced design techniques, the new dredger unit will eventually replace the Series 1870 Dragon as

Draft Increase at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River

The draft for the Southwest Pass on the Mississippi River has been increased from 45 to 47 feet following dredging, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. In early August, heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels reduced the

Royal IHC successfully launches TSHD MAHURY

Trailing suction hopper dredger MAHURY

  On 14 August, Royal IHC successfully launched the MAHURY, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), at partner shipyard MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The vessel is being built for Baggerbedrijf de Boer - Dutch Dredging, whose Managing Director C.J

Boskalis Posts Highest Profit


  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) achieved a very busy first half year with historically high profit and realized a net profit of EUR 306.5 million in the first half of 2015, a rise of 21% (H1 2014: EUR 253.0 million). Revenue in the first half of the year rose 1.6% to EUR 1

India to sell 5% stake in Dredging Corp

Photo: Dredging Corporation of India

 India will sell 5 per cent of its stake in the country's largest dredging company, Dredging Corporation of India (DCI).    The government will sell up to 1.4 million shares of face value of Rs 10 each, representing 5 percent of the total paid up equity share capital of the company

Engines Ordered for Largest Cutter-Suction Dredger

Rendering of the Jan De Nul Group newbuilding JDN8069 that, upon completion, will become the largest cutter-suction dredger in the world (Image: Jan De Nul Group)

Dredging specialist Jan De Nul Group is set to further expand its modern fleet with a self-propelled, cutter-suction dredger to be built at Croatian shipyard, Uljanik Brodogradiliste in Pula. The vessel, currently designated JDN8069, will feature one MAN 14V48/60CR and two MAN 9L48/60CR engines as

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