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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


Boskalis Orderbook Down, Outlook Unchanged

Dutch dredging and marine services company Boskalis said on Tuesday revenue was virtually unchanged in the first quarter and that its orderbook had slipped slightly from the end of 2014. The company said in a trading update it could not provide any clear guidance for 2015


US Ports Begin 2015 ‘Fast and Furious’

Photo: The American Great Lakes Ports Association

Even with a blip due to ice coverage in late March and early April, U.S. ports along the Great Lakes-Seaway System are tracking ahead of tonnage moved in April 2014. In fact, most ports are seeing increases in multiple categories.   “In 2015 we are excited to continue the momentum


Hamburg’s Seaborne Cargo Throughput Up in Q1

Photo: Port of Hamburg, © Glaubitt

The Port of Hamburg handled total throughput of 35.6 million tons (up by 0.1 percent) in the first quarter of 2015. Bulk cargoes at 11.7 million tons (up by 12.3 percent) and container transport between the port and its hinterland at 602,000 TEU (up by 11


Damen Workboat Delivered to Green Marine

Photo: Damen

Marine operations company Green Marine Energy Support Services, based in Stromness, Orkney, took delivery of a Damen Multi Cat 2712 workboat for its offshore wave and tidal activities, the builder announced.   The vessel’s first job was laying the moorings for and towing Green


DEME Orders LNG-powered Dredgers from Royal IHC

Image: Royal IHC

Royal IHC has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and delivery of two unique low-emission dredging vessels to DEME in Belgium, the builder announced today.   The 7,950m3 and 3,000m3 (expandable to 3,500m3) trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) are the first to be


Final Gate Installed in Panama Canal Expansion

The Panama Canal Expansion, the canal's largest project since its original construction more than 100 years ago, is now 88 percent complete overall, with several major components such as its dry excavation and dredging projects already finished, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported.  


Vessel Draft Restrictions Lifted at Oregon Inlet, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) informed it has lifted restrictions and enforcement of the regulated navigation area Thursday at Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Pea Islands.   The captain of the port for Sector North Carolina lifted vessel draft restrictions and enforcement of the regulated


62.9% of Dredging at New Suez Canal Finalized

New Suez Canal Project: Suez Canal Authority

 Up to 157.260 million cubic meters of water-saturated sand have been dredged so far as part of the Suez Canal Development Project, said executive director supervising the dredging process Wagdi Zaki, according to a statement by  Egypt State Information Service (SIS).  


USD 1.83 Billion Singapore Mega Port Project at Tuas

The Port of Singapore: Photo credit: Government of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Dredging International Asia Pacific-Daelim Joint Venture (DDJV) have inked a contract for the USD 1.83 billion Tuas Terminal Phase 1 Reclamation, Wharf Construction and Dredging Project.  


VOSTA LMG: 50 Years in Dredge Ball Joints

Photo: VOSTA LMG

Celebrating a company milestone this week, VOSTA LMG notes it has been 50 years since the company started with the development and production of bayonet dredge ball joints.   The 50 years are a unique amount of experience for the dredge component and it overlaps a significant part of the


Van Oord Develops Deep Dredging Solution

Van Oord has developed deep dredging solutions

  Over the past few years, Van Oord has developed a new technique for dredging at great water depths. This Deep Excavation System (DES) is an innovative method to prepare a sea bottom profile for installing offshore pipelines. The system has been patented by Van Oord.


Jan De Nul Orders SRI Duo

Subsea Rock Installation vessel. Photo provided by Jan De Nul Group

 Belgium-based dredging and marine construction giant Jan De Nul Group has ordered two 6,000 ton Subsea Rock Installation vessels at AVIC Weihai shipyard in Weihai, China.   The vessels will be able to install rock at depths up to about 600 m by means of a flexible fall pipe


Dredger Conversion and Upgrade

Photo: Dredge Yard

Dredge Yard, a company specialized in dredging and mining components, equipment and technologies, shares insight  into the upgrading of equipment, modification of dredging system and conversion of existing vessels into dredgers.   


Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPAs standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in


Royal IHC Launches Dredger for TNPA

Launch of TSHD ILEMBE at Royal IHC in Kinderdijk (1)

  The naming and launch ceremony of the 5,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) ILEMBE took place on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The dredger is being built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)






 
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