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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


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


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.


Harbor Mud An Environmental 'Sleeping Giant'

Mud dredged from the bottom of harbors to keep ship commerce flowing is loaded with contaminants like dioxin and mercury, creating a sleeping giant of an environmental mess in America's oceans and waterways, water protection groups said. Scientists and environmentalists demanded that better government protections be employed to protect human health, fish and ecosystems from toxic harbor mud, and called for an immediate ban on the dumping of contaminated sediments.


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.


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


Largest Ship Ever Calls on Savannah

The ZIM vessel Tianjin transits the Savannah River channel on March 18. At a capacity of 10,062 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Tianjin is the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah.

  The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah today when the ZIM Tianjin docked at Garden City Terminal. "This 10,000-TEU vessel represents the future of U.S.-Asia shipping," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J


Pakistan's Port Qasim to Receive First Cargo of LNG from Qatargas

LNG Floating Terminal: Port Qasim Authority

 The first load of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) traded by Qatari supplier, Qatargas, is planned to reach the Port Qasim LNG terminal on March 26, says a report in Reuters.   Qatargas is providing the LNG to Pakistan at $8 to $9 per Million British Thermal Units (MMBTU)


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

Sen. Rand Paul (official congressional portrait)

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


Boat of the Month: Moore Shallow Shuttle 23

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Moore Boat LLC recently delivered the first of three all new aluminum Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 RIB’s to Seacrets, Jamaica USA after the vessel’s successful completion of various sea trials and the U.S. Coast Guard’s final simplified stability test


Van Oord, Falck Ink Safety Training Deal

From left to right: Tjerk Suurenbroek, Commercial Director Falck Safety Services; and John Knoesten, Director Personnel & Organization Van Oord (Photo courtesy of Falck Safety Services)

Van Oord has signed a two year contract with Falck Safety Services for the provision of safety training.   Van Oord, a contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects, including oil, gas and wind, said it has invested in a trainee program for its employees for many


Dredging Project to Protect Virginia Shoreline

Dam Neck Annex at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. Navy photo

Outer Continental Shelf sand will protect infrastructure, restore dunes and habitat   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Naval Air Station Oceana at Dam Neck, Virginia, expect to begin a shore protection project at the Dam Neck annex within the next month.  


Egypt on a War Footing to Expand Suez Canal

Image by Suez Canal Authority

 The Suez Canal Authority is in a race to quickly expand the vital waterway for two-way traffic by August 2015, says an Associate Press report. Workers dig round the clock on Suez Canal expansion, hoping for surge in East-West trade.  


Port St. Joe to Begin Dredging

Photo: Port St. Joe Port Authority

 Signifying the “green light” for development of the port, a permit needed to begin dredging the Port of Port St. Joe’s federally-authorized shipping channel has been signed and certified.   The Port also received a permit by the U.S


Contract Awarded for Savannah Harbor Dredging

Savannah Harbor Image by Georgia Ports Authority

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $134.5 million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to begin dredging work for the expansion of the Savannah Harbor.   The project, known as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) deepening the entrance channel to a


Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to


Boskalis Posts Record Profits

Peter Berdowski, CEO. Pic with compliments from Boskalis

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) achieved net profit of EUR 490 million in 2014.   Revenue rose by 1 per cent to EUR 3.2 billion (2013: EUR 3.1 billion).   EBITDA rose by 25 per cent to EUR 946 million (2013: EUR 757 million) and the operating result (EBIT) was up


Interferry Calls for Closer Cooperation in Regulations Process

Interferry has joined other co-organizers in praising last week’s inaugural European Shipping Week (ESW) in Brussels, and is now urging the industry and regulators to build on the initiative by continuing to develop closer cooperation.  


US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (R) take a tour of Ellicotts facilities in Baltimore (Photo courtesy of Ellicott Dredges)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs.  


Australia Bans Dumping within Great Barrier Reef

Image: Great Barrier Reef

 The dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will be completely banned under draft laws proposed by the Federal Environment Minister.   Greg Hunt said the regulation would forever end the disposal of capital dredge spoil within the marine park - an area 345


SC Ports Report Cargo Volume Growth

Photo: SC Ports Authority

SC ports achieves second consecutive month of 18 percent volume growth; port education program builds understanding, awareness of maritime industry    February marked the second consecutive month of 18 percent container growth at the SC Ports Authority






 
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