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, 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
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
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that it has prepared a Final Tiered Environmental Impact Statement (FTEIS) and Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) to analyze dredged material placement for the Port of Baltimore for 20 years of maintenance and new work dredging. source: HK Law
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
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report entitled -'Corps of Engineers Effects of Restrictions on Corps Hopper Dredges Should be Comprehensively Analyzed
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
Moving forward with its equipment upgrades for the Expansion Program, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) officially awarded the contract to design and build a new, more powerful cutter suction dredge to IHC Beaver Dredgers B.V. on March 14, 2008. The new 12,000KW dredge will replace "Mindi," which has been in service at the Canal since 1942 and has only a 9,000KW capacity. With an expected delivery date of May 2011, the new dredge will have the modern equipment
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. contracts Signal International for construction of hopper barge & tugboat. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of commercial and industrial demolition and remediation services, announce the execution of definitive contracts for the construction of a 15,000-cubic-yard-capacity trailing suction hopper barge and 14,000-horsepower tug.
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.
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) announced the election of Thomas Allegretti as its new Chairman. Allegretti is President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators. He succeeds James Henry, Chairman and President of the Transportation Institute
Orion Marine Group, Inc., a heavy civil marine contractor serving the infrastructure sector, announced a contract award of approximately $38 million. to design, build and dredge a new dock facility for a private customer in the Caribbean.
Orion Marine Group, Inc., a heavy civil marine contractor serving the infrastructure sector, announced a contract award of approximately $9 million. Orion Marine Group was recently awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge approximately two million cubic yards of material
Jan De Nul Group announce important contracts in Indonesia, Russia and Australia, and new giant dredger due soon from builders. In Indonesia an offshore island will be reclaimed. These works are a part of a large scale reclamation development north of Jakarta
The ‘Marineco Thunderbird’ is UK-based Marineco’s fourth FCS 2610 Twin Axe to join its windfarm support fleet of vessels. Marineco was the first customer to buy one of these vessels nearly two and a half years ago, based on a design for an Offshore and Offshore Wind support
The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) receives funding for various Florida dredging projects to restore pre-Sandy condition. As a follow-up to a recent announcement regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarding funding to restore Fort Pierce Beach and the Martin County shore to their
The Port Commission approved U.S. Army Corps of Engineers MOA’s for Maintenance Dredging at Barbours Cut and Bayport. Two Memoranda of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for maintenance dredging were approved by the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority at
IHC Merwede has revealed a healthy net profit margin of 4.1% in 2012 and a positive sales forecast for the year ahead. The company develops and builds vessels, equipment and life-cycle support services for the dredging, mining and offshore industries
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) contracted by Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Cuxhaven to maintain 110-km of the River Elbe fairway. The contract is for a period of three years and has a value of approximately EUR 75 million and the dredging operations are to commence in May 2013.
Spain's La Naval shipyard has delivered a fallpipe and mining vessel to Jan de Nul for work mainly in the offshore market. Joseph Plateau, is a sister vessel to the earlier constructed Simon Stevin, for the Dutch dredging and marine company Jan de Nul.
Signal International, Inc., announced that work toward the design of an Articulated Tug/Barge Hopper Dredge for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD) has been discontinued. Signal and GLDD entered into a contract for both the design and build of an AT/B Hopper Dredge in August 2012
Following the launch of the IHC Beaver 65 DDSP in February, the first vessel has been sold to Advanced Construction Company, a member of the Al Geithy Group, based in Saudi Arabia. Testing was successful completed at IHC Merwede’s shipyard in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands
New research tracking the movement of dredged sediment around Liverpool Bay could save millions of pounds in dredging costs. Each year, sediment must be dredged from the port and deposited elsewhere to maintain access for commercial vessels
Nass Marine Services, a marine division of the Nass Group, handed over a competed project that involved the fabrication of a new deck cargo barge to Ocean Diving & Marine Services that is owned and operated by Mr. Samir Engineer in the Kingdom.