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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


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


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


News

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


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


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


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


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


ACP Awards Contract for Construction of New Dredge

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


Boskalis Raises Full-year Profit Forecast

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  Q3 TRADING UPDATE - HIGHLIGHTS Good third quarter with sizable financial settlements on old projects Order book increased slightly to EUR 3.3 billion 2014 OUTLOOK Market conditions remain challenging Good second half-year expected


Van Heck Advances Dredging Innovation

Photo: Van Heck

Van Heck started in 1964 as a one man operation to build and develop pumps and services to the dredging industry. Driven by innovation and its reputation, the company expanded into the offshore industry boom of the 1980s and its expertise grew as it helped tackle the challenges set by this


NY-Area Seafarers to Join MM&P

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote to Join New Union.   New York-area watermen who operate tugboats, dredges, tourist boats and ferries, members of Staten Island-based Local 333


Cutter Suction Dredge CSD500 from Damen

(Photo courtesy of Damen)

A Nigerian customer added its ninth Damen dredger to its fleet. The Cutter Suction Dredger type CSD500 was chosen due to the availability of Damen Field Services in Nigeria, the builder said, adding that the local presence was even more practical in view of the challenging assembly conditions.


Damen Delivers Tug for Scrabster Harbor

Stan Tug 1606, Highlanders

Scrabster Harbor Trust (UK) has taken delivery of a new harbor tug / workboat, a Damen Stan Tug 1606. The vessel, named Highlanders, will replace itscurrent workboat which was built in 1976. The new tug will undertake pilotage, towing, general harbour and maintenance duties.


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Up Nearly 15%

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 11.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in October, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to a year ago.  The October float was also 19.6 percent above the month’s long-term average. Iron ore for North American steelmakers totaled 5


Royal IHC Bags Dredging Package Order

The General Manager of IHC Tianjin, Ton de Gruijter, signed the contract on behalf of IHC

  Royal IHC (IHC) has secured a new contract with the Chinese shipyard, Jin Hai Heavy Industrial Group, for the delivery of a dredging installation package for a trailing suction hopper dredger. The package contains major parts of the dredging installation for the 7


Canada Invests $18.4m in Small Harbors

The Government of Canada invests in Newfoundland and Labrador's small craft harbors Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced an $18.4 million investment in improvement projects at small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador


Video: New Channel Established on Atchafalaya River

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helped establish Crewboat Cut as a new federal channel in the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Wednesday. The new waterway is intended to be safer for mariners, will shorten travel time and save millions of dollars in annual dredging costs.


Size Restrictions Lifted in Mobile, Alabama

  Salvage teams and the Army Corps of Engineers have positively identified the location of the sunken Dredge Tender NICHOLAS on the western (greenside) toe of the Mobile Ship Channel just south of Light 69. According to the U.S. Coast, Sector Mobile


New Website for Damen DOP Pumps

A complete dredging package consisting of a DOP350 with a sand production head, discharge hoses, a separate power pack etc

A new interactive website has been launched for the DAMEN DOP submersible dredge pump range. The website, www.DOPDredgePumps.com, highlights the versatility of this wear-resistant dredge pump. The DOP pump has been used by the dredging industry around the globe for almost 25 years


Two Workboats Sinking Near Mobile Ship Channel

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to two sunken vessels in Mobile Ship Channel north of Gaillard Island, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a call from the crew of the towing vessel, Miss Sammy Lee, reporting the sinking of two vessels


10 Cutter-Suction Dredgers Delivered

VOSTA LMG and Karnafuly Shipyard have jointly delivered a total of ten cutter-suction dredgers consisting of: 6 x CSD 450 for the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority 4 x CSD 500 for the Bangladesh Water Development Board.  The dredgers were built at the Karnafuly Chittagong Shipyard


Dredger: 9-Year Wear Life on Cutterhead Shaft Bearings

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While the marine industry is rife with rough working conditions, dredging operations arguably pose the toughest challenge to any class of marine equipment. Water lubricated Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings have reportedly performed well for nine years on one of the largest cutter


Nigerian Customer Orders Ninth Damen Dredger

CSD500 assembled and ready for its first job (Photo courtesy of Damen)

A Nigerian customer has added its ninth Damen dredger to its fleet. The Cutter Suction Dredger type CSD500 was chosen due to the availability of Damen Field Services in Nigeria, the builder said, adding that the local presence was even more practical in view of the challenging assembly conditions






 
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