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Better Dredges Acquires W&S Dredge

Better Dredges, Inc., an affiliate of Dredging Supply Company, Inc., recently acquired W&S Dredge Manufacturer, a Michigan-based manufacturer, to expand its dredge product line. Thomas Wetta founded Better Dredges, Inc. (BDI) in 2004 in order to allow Dredging Supply Company, Inc. to offer a mechanically driven dredge line to compliment its existing automated products. BDI was then created to offer a mechanically driven product without sacrificing DSC’s unmatched quality. DSC was not interested in creating a line that would compete with its existing automated products, but instead wanted to produce more options for the industry. Since its origination, BDI has been seeking an opportunity that would enable its growth in this extremely specific market. Tom Stojsik, founder of W&S Dredge Manufacturer, had dealt with Thomas Wetta, founder of DSC and BDI, regularly over the years. The two founders had a long professional relationship and had grown to respect one another as they shared many common business values. Both DSC and W&S began as family-owned operations and have progressively grown by experimenting with new concepts. Both companies put their customer’s best interest first and strive to please them by providing highly engineered equipment that is proven throughout the industry.


IHC Merwede, T-Rubber Extend Purchasing Agreement

floating dredge line configuration

IHC Merwede and T-Rubber announced that they have strengthened their ongoing business relationship with an extension to the Purchasing Cooperation Agreement between the two companies. The signing of this agreement for the supply of rubber hoses was arranged to coincide with the visit of a delegation from T-Rubber to Europe at the beginning of June for the Wodcon XX congress and exhibition in Brussels. Govert Hamers, the President of IHC Merwede, and Ren Fan, the General Director of T-Rubber


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


GNSS Positioning: DEME Selects TERRASTAR

DEME Dredger at Work: Photo credit Septentrio

DEME, global dredging & land reclamation specialists, select TERRASTAR-D “Precise Point Positioning” service to work with its Septentrio GNSS receivers. The Belgian dredging and environmental group is exploiting the service using Septentrio AsteRx2eL GNSS positioning and AsteRx2eH GNSS heading receivers to support its nearshore dredging and construction operations worldwide. DEME has evaluated and used the service for several months and selected TERRASTAR-D® for its


Australia Reveals Barrier Reef Protections

Australia detailed on Monday how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world's largest reef and avoid having it listed by UNESCO as "in danger." UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is due to decide in June whether to put the reef on its "in danger" list because its corals have been badly damaged and some of its animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened.


Yacht Club Takes Delivery of New Dredger

Photo: Ethan VanMatre, Rose City Yacht Cub

Rose City Yacht Club, a long-standing private marina and social club along the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., recently took delivery and startup of a new 8-inch Badger Class dredge from Reserve, La.-based DSC Dredge, LLC.   The Badger dredge was a much-needed replacement for an older dredge the club had purchased used and had operated for more than 20 years. After researching its options, the yacht club’s members decided in early 2015 to order the Badger Class dredge


Dredging India

Cutter Suction Dredger, Cyrus II of Royal Boskalis.

For enhancing the draft in ports or undertaking major dredging projects, India still relies on foreign dredging giants, a situation not likely to change unless the government comes out with a policy encouraging investment in the dredging industry. European dredging giants continue to make a clean sweep of all major Indian dredging projects, a market condition largely attributed to the lack of an environment conducive to encouraging Indian companies into large scale dredging


Anvil Dredging Equipment Bound for Saudi Arabia

Anvil Attachments’ latest shipment of dredging buckets and grapples are on an 8,000 mile journey to Saudi Arabia. Anvil Attachments’ headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Slaughter, Louisiana, a few miles north of Baton Rouge. Slaughter is a small town, with a population of only 988 people, according to 2011 statistics. And yet, Anvil is the premier manufacturer of cable and hydraulic clamshell buckets, and orange peel grapples in the world.


Netherlands Shipyard to Build Ship for China

China order suction dredger: Image credit IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede says it has been successful in securing orders worth € 350 million for a wide range of dredging and offshore vessels and equipment, including a large trailing suction dredger for a Chinese customer. News of the orders as follows: The company's Dredging division has confirmed new contracts for the delivery of a large custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger, with units that will be supplied by IHC Beaver Dredgers as well as a cutter suction dredger training simulator


Boskalis Post Record H1 2014 Profits

Boskalis dredger: Image courtesy of the owners

Despite what it describes as 'challenging market conditions' Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. posted record profits in the first half year ended 30, June 2014. Highlights first half 2014 -  Revenue exceeds EUR 1.5 billion -  EBITDA: EUR 466 million -  Net profit: EUR 253 million -  Order book in excess of EUR 3.1 billion -  First application of IFRS11 outlook -  Challenging market conditions


Damen Delivered Charlock’s Dredge Pumps

Photo courtesy of Damen

The state-of-the-art 3,200 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) Charlock has been equipped with two Damen dredge pumps. One highly innovative semi-axial dredge pump is fitted on the trailing pipe, the other dredge pump is mounted inboard


New Dredged Material Site Proposed in LI Sound

Long Island Sound map (Image: EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate a dredged material disposal site to serve the eastern Long Island Sound region. The Eastern Long Island Sound Disposal Site (ELDS) would be located offshore from New London, Conn


USCG Uses Skiff Ice Boat to Rescue Injured Man

A Coast Guard rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, aboard a skiff ice, medically evacuates a man from a dredging barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio, April 27, 2016. The crew used the skiff ice to remove the man because the water was too shallow for a boat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Marblehead)

The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a dredging barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio, Wednesday evening. At approximately 5:45 p.m., a good Samaritan called Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, to report two men on a dredging barge who needed help due to injuries.


WILCO Logistics Bags Townsville Port Safety Works

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd to undertake Breakwater safety works Photo Port of Townsville.

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd has been announced as the successful bid contractor on Breakwater safety works at the Port of Townsville.   Minister for Ports Mark Bailey said the overall $1.5 million project will improve navigational safety at the Townsville Port by widening the entrance to the


Unexploded Ordnance Presents Dredging Challenge

Photo: Damen

 A dredging project currently underway by the Dutch contractor Martens and Van Oord in Cadzand, the Netherlands presents quite a challenge: unexploded ordnance (UXO).   The village of Cadzand is located in the south west of the Netherlands, on the shores of the North Sea


Damen Delivers Reservoir Dredge Package

Barracuda in action - Algeria Photo Damen

The Damen Field Service crew has just returned from commissioning the Barracuda cutter suction dredger in Algeria. The customised Damen Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 500 has been delivered with a complete dredging package including a booster station and dredge piping enabling immediate start up


Dredging Components Delivered for Special Mining Vehicles

Final touch to the dredge pump unit (Photo: Damen)

Damen Dredging Equipment is well known for its deliveries of standard dredging components. Usually, deliveries of items such as dredge pumps and dredge valves are for hopper dredgers or cutter suction dredgers. Recent deliveries were for a more exotic use: the Damen dredge pumps and valves have


Expanded Gwadar Port 'Almost Ready'

The newly expanded Gwadar deep-water port in Pakistan that is key to a planned $46 billion Chinese economic corridor is nearly complete and expects to process about a million tons of cargo next year, the operator said on Tuesday.   Most of the cargo will be incoming construction materials


Damen Ships Modular Dredger to the Andes

Photo: Damen

Reservoirs are notoriously tricky to maintain: from the surrounding area plenty of sand and silt is brought in by the river and the material deposits at the dam. As reservoirs are usually rather deep, dredging can be quite a challenge. For the Tablachaca dam in Peru another challenge was added;


Rep. Joyce Named Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

Rep. Joyce (fifth from left), accepts his award from Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.  Joining him (l-r): Tom Curelli, Fraser Shipyards; Aaron Bensinger, Central Marine Logistics; Brenda Otterson, American Maritime Officers; Andrew Strosahl, Transportation Institute; Mark Barker, The Interlake Steamship Company; Thomas Rayburn, Lake Carriers’ Association; Steve Fisher, American Great Lakes Port Association; and Jeffrey Freeman, Fincantieri Marine Group. (Photo: LCA)

Ohio Congressman David Joyce (R) has been named a 2016 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) annually presents the award to legislators who have promoted


Damen Delivers Modular Dredger to Van Oord

MMuC (Photo: Damen Marine Services)

To support its ongoing dredging activities, Van Oord has commenced an 18-month charter agreement with Damen Marine Services for a Modular Multi Cat (MMuC) 2210. Damen completed construction under a short timescale, delivering the vessel just four months after contract signing


BOEM, Jacksonville, U.S. Army Corps Ink Shore Protection Deal

A dredge ship offshore pumps OCS sand to shore for a Duval County coastal restoration project in 2011. USACE photo.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with the City of Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing them to dredge nearly 1.4 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters for periodic renourishment of the Duval County shoreline


Damen Shipyards, Saudi Border Guard Strengthen Ties

Both CSD450s have been fitted out with optional anchor booms (Photo: Damen)

Saudi Border Guard has acquired two Damen Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD 450) for harbor maintenance duties. As Damen has a full range of dredgers in stock, it could customize and ship two full option dredgers within a short time span.  


Royal IHC Upgrades Three CSDs for NMDC

Al Sadr (Photo: Royal IHC)

National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) of Abu Dhabi, a dredging contractor in the Middle East and key player in the creation of the new Suez Canal, has granted Royal IHC an order to upgrade the automation of three heavy-duty cutter suction dredgers (CSDs).  


Indian Navy Dredger Completes Successful First Year

(Photo: Tebma Shipyards Ltd.)

In mid-April of 2016, the Indian Navy’s grab hopper dredger, Dredger-1 was preparing to depart its birth shipyard following a comprehensive one-year warrantee review. Tebma Shipyards Ltd., Senior Vice President M. Balasubramaniam explained that the 44.15 by 12






 
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