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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.   Lew met with senior management from Ellicott including, as well with shop floor employees assembling Ellicott dredges.   The Secretary chose Ellicott for its century plus of leadership in dredge design and manufacturing and involvement in engineering projects around the world, including the Panama Canal, Suez Canal, mining sand and others, the company noted.   Secretary Lew interviewed engineers working on new products and received a demonstration of Ellicott's dredge training simulator.   Ellicott management discussed with the Secretary the importance of various infrastructure funding programs, such as use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to finance ports and harbors and dredging, as well as the need to re-authorize the U.S. Eximbank. Lew noted that the Administration fully supports these programs, which are critical in maintaining America's competitiveness in the international market place. The Administration's plans for corporate tax reform would fund necessary infrastructure projects.  


New Hopper Dredge for Great Lakes Company

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company announced it has commissioned Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. to construct a new trailing suction hopper dredge, to be called Liberty Island. The new dredge will have a capacity of 5,000 cubic meters and is part of a continuing investment program the company has undertaken to ensure the quality and longevity of its dredging fleet. The vessel is to be built by Bay Shipbuilding, a division of Manitowoc Marine Group, Inc., of Milwaukee


Better DredgesAcquires W&S Dredge Manufacturer

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


Phase 2 of Hudson River Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the dredging of sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) has resumed in the Upper Hudson River, marking the start of the second and final phase of the Hudson River cleanup. The historic dredging project targets approximately 2.4 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a forty- mile section of the Upper Hudson River between Fort Edward and Troy, NY


Horizon to Build USACE Towboat

M/V George Grugett, delivered to the U.S. Army Corps in August, 2013

Horizon shipbuilding, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Little Rock District, to build the M/V Shorty Baird Replacement, a 95' Z-drive towboat. This is the latest of three recent USACE contracts, having delivered the M/V George Grugett, a 114' towboat, in August of this year and the M/V General Irwin, a 58' towboat, in April 2012. Horizon owns and operates two shipyard facilities in Bayou La Batre, Alabama


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 Superfund history – began in 2009. The EPA is overseeing the dredging project that is being conducted by General Electric Company (GE) under the terms of a 2006 legal agreement


OIS Wins Semi Reactivation Contract

In early 2005, Transocean Inc selected Mobile, Alabama based Offshore-Inland Marine & Oilfield Services Inc (OIS) to perform the re-activations of semis Falcon 100 and Amirante. Transocean has now designated OIS as the prime contractor for the re-activation of the Semi C. Kirk Rhein. The ongoing topside services provided by OIS include steel fabrication and renewals, piping and tubing replacement, electrical repairs, mechanical component replacement and deck crane repairs.


SENESCO to Build Its First Double-Hull Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO), Quonset, R.I., will soon enter a new phase of shipbuilding when it begins construction of its first double-hull barge for transporting liquids with a potential environment impact. The vessel- to be built under the 11th contract awarded to SENESCO - will carry 98 percent pure sulfuric acid in Baltimore Harbor between two manufacturing plants for Millenium Inorganic Chemical Company


ULSTEIN Establishes New Subsidiary

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ULSTEIN has recently established a new company, Ulstein IDEA Equipment Solutions. This company will take over the activities of former IDEA Heavy Equipment b.v, a Dutch company that ULSTEIN has cooperated with in recent years. Ulstein IDEA Equipment Solutions will be engaged in the development and manufacturing of mission and interface equipment on board vessels, mainly working in the offshore and dredging markets. ULSTEIN holds a majority interest in the new company and COO Tore Ulstein in


Latest Dredging Solutions by IHC Merwede

Photo credit IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede to showcase its dredging, wet mining, and special purpose ships at forthcoming SMM 2012, Hamburg, Expo. A number of impressive scale models will demonstrate the wide range of innovative vessels engineered and manufactured by IHC Merwede. Vessels such as the custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger CONGO RIVER; the self-propelled cutter suction dredger ATHENA; the pipelaying vessel SEVEN PACIFIC; and the well intervention vessel WELL ENHANCER.


LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues

Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the inland seas


Boskalis Wins Portsmouth Channel Expansion Order

Photo by Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation of the Ministry of Defence for the capital dredging of the approach channel to the port of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom


European Court Ups Standards for River Dredging

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that damage to water quality must be considered when authorities approve river dredging to expand ports, in a ruling which could hinder expansion at the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg.  


BMT Awarded Port Geographe Coastal Engineering Contract

Photo courtesy of BMT JFA

BMT JFA Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group,  has been awarded a contract by the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) to provide services as Coastal Engineering Advisor for the Management of Beaches, Structures and Waterways at Port Geographe, Busselton.


CCCC Forms Dredging Group in Shanghai

Dredging Work for navigational Channel of Guangzhou Port. Photo by CCCC Dredging

 The state-owned infrastructure group China Communications Construction Corporation (CCCC) has established CCCC Dredging at Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone.   CCCC Dredging is the first of a series of planned spinoffs as it develops into a holdings company with subsidiaries across


New Suez Canal Almost 84 Pct Complete

Image: Suez Canal Authority

 Over 216 million cubic meters of water-saturated sand have been removed so far as part of the Suez Canal Development Project, said Head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish.   This represents about 84 percent of the total cubic meters that should be dredged as part of the project


New Dredger for Lake Lotawana

Lake Lotawana’s 7012 HP Versi-Dredge deepening Buffalo Cove - the project is running ahead of schedule (Photo: IMS)

Lake Lotawana Association celebrated the launch of its new 2015 Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge at Buffalo Cove on May 1, 2015. In attendance was Dave Wagner, Dredge Committee Chairperson, outgoing Mayor, David Welsh and Ward III Alderman, David Tillema as well as IMS President, Jim Horton


The Critical Link in Hudson River Remediation Project

Photos courtesy of Sennebogen

Approximately three times a week, for six months of the year, trains depart from upstate New York, en route to one of three EPA-approved long-term disposal facilities. The trains, which are loaded with dewatered, PCB-containing sediments, represent the last leg of a complex environmental dredging


Liverpool2 Passes Major Construction Milestone

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  Construction at the new £300 million ($500 million) container terminal being built at the Port of Liverpool has reached an advanced stage. Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.  


Van Oord Develops Deep Excavation System

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Stretching across oceans and continents, approximately 32,000 km of new pipelines are constructed each year forming an industry worth $28 billion. The installation of pipelines on the seabed require engineers to develop innovative technologies and methods to inspect


Dredging in Hudson River Nears Completion

 Pic: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 After six years of digging, General Electric Co. expects to finish this year removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment in upper Hudson River in Waterford under its landmark Superfund agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  


Current Convoy Information Ahead of New Suez Canal Opening

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is advising on current Suez convoy information ahead of the new Suez Canal’s inauguration on 6 August 2015. While the construction of the new Suez Canal approaching its final phase, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA)


Mercator Acquires Two Dredgers

Dredger Banwari Prem. Photo: Mercator Limited

 Mercator Limited announced that it is expanding its dredging business by adding two more Dredgers to its fleet.    Mercator,India's largest Marine and Energy group with businesses in Oil & Gas, Coal, Shipping and Dredging


Boskalis Secures Dredging Work in Africa

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded three dredging-related contracts on the African subcontinent with a combined value of approximately EUR 75 million.   In Angola, Boskalis has been awarded a contract by Angola LNG Ltd. for dredging activities related to maintaining the access


More than Mega: Diversity Defines the Dredging Industry

1984 - 2012 Singapore / Jurong & Tuas By the 1980s, after a decade of rapid industrialisation, property on Singapore’s mainland was scarce. A solution was found in the Jurong Island reclamation and Tuas extension projects. For 30 years since 1984, dredgers developed new land there. A plan to unite the 7 islets off Singapore’s southwestern coast to form one island was implemented in stages. Started in 1995, Jurong Island was officially opened in autumn 2000, tripling the land surface of the origi

The mantra of recent times has been the worldwide trend to ‘mega’. Mega container ships created the need for mega ports which required mega dredging projects. These in turn demand mega dredging vessels. All this is true but disregards another development: the consolidation of the major






 
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