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Ellicott Dredges Federal Expansion Grant

Pictured (right to left)  Ellicotts Director of Manufacturing Robert Thomas with Plant Manager Alexander Green in front of 670 dredge currently under manufacture. (Photo courtesy Ellicott Dredges)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration) has announced that Ellicott Dredges, LLC of Baltimore, Md. has won a grant for $1.75m to help finance capacity expansion for manufacturing dredgers.  Ellicott's project, entitled "Efficient Dredge Building," will create and retain over 20 jobs and will increase Ellicott's crane capacity and modernize its machining capabilities. It will also help pay for modern welding equipment and state-of-the-art IT systems for manufacturing and engineering. Ellicott is among 70 successful award winners out of almost 500 applicants under a MARAD program to promote productivity at leading U.S. shipyards.   Ellicott, the largest U.S. dredge builder, was the only dredge supplier to receive a MARAD award. The modernization of Ellicott's Baltimore plant will complement its brand new dredge building facility in Wisconsin.  Director of Manufacturing Robb Thomas  added that Ellicott will now use its new 3-D design software (Solidworks) via direct interface between design engineers and factory floor, and between plant locations as well, to minimize dredge construction time.

SEMCO Building Three Dredges

SEMCO, Inc., located approximately 15 miles south of New Orleans, is currently building three 28 in. Super Dragon cutter/suction dredges for Ellicott Machine Corp. International. The Ellicott dredges will feature a 28-in. cutter with 1,006 hp, a 3,100 hp hull pump and a 955 hp ladder pump. The dredges are designed to produce 1,060 cu. yds. of coarse sand through a 6,561.6 ft. pipeline. They will have a spud carriage system, which was pioneered by Ellicott

Marine Innovations

DNV: Steel Thickness Measurement In extending its adherence to delivering cost-efficient and safety driven technologies, DNV has introduced a new means of quickly and accurately determining steel thickness can speed ship surveys. It is especially valuable in inspecting old and corroded steelwork. Present-day methods, based on ultrasonic thickness measurements, are said to have dubious reliability on heavily corroded plates, and for large vessels are also considered too slow


ACL Buys ConAgra Barge Fleet ConAgra Inc., the second largest U.S. food manufacturer, has agreed to sell American Commercial Lines LLC (ACL) its large U.S. inland barge fleet and operations. Financial terms of the deal, which ConAgra said was part of ongoing series of strategic divestments, were not announced. ACL will acquire 930 owned and chartered barges, nine chartered towboats and one dry dock, the companies said in a joint statement

Shallow Federal Policies Produce Even Shallower AIWW Drafts

Underway and pushing on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway awaits the chance to rescue the crowded eastern seaboard with a readymade alternative to the parking lot known simply as I-95. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) extends 1,200 miles from Norfolk, Va. to Key West, Fla.. That much is common knowledge. What you may not know is that the U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the AIWW in 1919 and the entire waterway was completed in 1940

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 Ellicott’s standard and in-stock 20” dredge.   “This is a truly modern and efficient design without any sacrifice of the versatility

VOSTA LMG Signs with Indian Mazagon Dock

VOSTA LMG received a contract from Indian Partner Shipyard Mazagon Dock Limited for the supply of an engineering & components package for a 1500 kW cutter suction dredge (CSD). It is the first time ever that such a Giant CSD will be built at a shipyard in India. The order for this cutter suction dredge has been awarded to Mazagon Dock Limited by Dredging Corporation of India. The large-sized cutter suction dredge is especially designed for dredging rock with an unconfined compressive

Ocean Dredging Wins Mexican Contract

Photo: Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc.

Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc., an Ocean sister company, will carry out a harbor dredging contract with its Mexican partner Dragados del Golfo, in Paraiso, a town located in the state of Tabasco in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas is a unique opportunity for Ocean and a first in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas will extend over a period of more than 60 days and a dozen Ocean employees will be required to carry out the work

100 Years of Dredging Culebra Cut

Photo courtesy of ACP

The Panama Canal commemorates 100 years of dredging Culebra Cut, removing the last barrier during its construction for the free movement of vessels along the 80-kilometer waterway. Following the calendar of activities in the countdown to the centennial, the Panama Canal highlighted the significant role played by dredging to ensure the safe navigation through the waterway, even before its opening 100 years ago. "Dredging is key to ensure the safe and efficient navigation through the

GLDD to Widen Freeport Harbor Ship Channel

Freeport: File photo

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says it has been awarded a a dredging contract valued at over $30 million to widen the entrance and jetty channels of the Freeport Ship Channel near Freeport, Texas. Approximately 4.5 miles of channel will be widened by 200 feet, enabling larger ships to safely navigate the 600 feet-wide channel. A portion of the dredged material is planned to be beneficially used to nourish the coastline in Quintana, TX

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

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

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.  

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)

Damen Pumps for Brazilian Harbor Construction

DOP250 fully assembled hanging crane-LR

  Damen delivered two complete DOP packages to Acciona Infraestructuras, S.A., a Spanish construction company. The DOP submersible dredge pumps are being used in a large harbour construction project in Brazil. The DOP pumps empty concrete caissons to be able to reposition these as a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

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

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