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INLAND DREDGING

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Delivers Integrity

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. successfully delivered the Integrity, a 166 ft. 5 in. dismountable Cutter Suction Dredge, which they recently constructed for inland dredging company LLC of Dyersburg, Tennessee. The Integrity is a dismountable cutter suction dredge measuring 166.5 x 34.5 ft. x 7 ft. 10 in., which was designed by Vosta BV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It was built to Bureau Veritas standards and is currently being used for various U.S. Corp of Engineer projects.


Waterborne Freight in the UK

The latest (2007) annual National Statistics on waterborne freight in the UK produced by the Department for Transport, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority, shows that: •    Traffic on UK domestic waters accounted for 5 per cent (126 million tonnes) of all goods lifted in the UK, and 20 per cent (51 billion tonne-kilometres) of all goods moved in 2007. •    Over the decade to 2007


WCI Chairman on Lower Miss. Dredging Emergency

Rick Calhoun, President of Cargo Carriers (Cargill) and Chairman of Waterways Council, Inc., released the following statement today regarding the state of emergency on the Lower Mississippi River:   “The inland waterways navigation system is the most important transportation asset in the United States and is vital to the economic well-being of this country.  From the inception of this country, the Federal government has played a critical role in ensuring that the inland


Good News for Inland Waterways - Just in Time

On January 17, 2014, Congress averted another government shutdown with a “just in time” delivery of an Omnibus Appropriations bill. Thankfully, some good news for the inland waterways also has arrived; Just in Time! The recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, or Omnibus bill, has brought a healthy funding level to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This new law contains the FY 2014 Energy & Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that funds the


Boskalis Achieves Higher Revenue In Q1 2014

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  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. reported a higher revenue for the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year. This was in line with company expectations. This achievement was the result of Good utilization of the Dredging and Offshore vessels. Adjusted for the acquisition of Dockwise, which was only included in the consolidated figures from the second quarter of 2013, revenue was also  higher.


US Dredging Needs Growth as Army Corps’ Budget Shrinks

USACE photo: NY/NJ Harbor dredging action.

Spend dollars up on dredging, cubic yards moved down. Combined with a reduction in the USACE federal budget, the situation threatens a perfect storm for domestic requirements. U.S. dredging this decade, measured in cubic yards, is only half as active as it was in the early 1960s, with maintenance down slightly since then and new work off considerably, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or USACE. The nation’s spending on dredging in unadjusted dollars has swelled tenfold


Dutch Parliament OKs Maasvlakte 2 Project

The Dutch Parliament voted in favor of the construction of Maasvlakte 2, the new port district of Rotterdam. This gives the green light to the next phase: in 2007 a number of spatial planning and licensing procedures must be completed before actual construction can get underway in 2008. A parliamentary majority also supported the proposal to construct the outer contour of Maasvlakte 2 in a single operation. This is an attractive option


Philadelphia Maritime Interests File Lawsuit

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has granted a request for an expedited hearing requested by major maritime interests in the Delaware River area in a lawsuit questioning the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. The hearing, scheduled presently for October 3, 2007, is based on a complaint filed by the International Longshoremen's Association District Council of Philadelphia and Wilmington (DE)


Two New Dredge Simulators from Ellicott

Cutter dredge simulator with three 42 (107 cm) screens

After two years of development, Ellicott Dredges announced the startup of two new dredging simulators, one for cutter dredges and one for auger dredges. Both are available for immediate use. These simulators are the most modern dredge simulator systems in North America, and will be used in conjunction with Ellicott's existing dredge training program. Auger dredge training is available at Ellicott’s Wisconsin, U.S. factory.


MM&P Hopes to Pad Ranks with Brown Water Mariners

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 on Joining New Union Uniting with the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will bring added clout, resources and training to local mariners and open the door to opportunities beyond the East Coast, the union said. Ballots are arriving in the mail this week at the homes of 1


Port of Amsterdam to Reward Green Barges

The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award program for inland barges on January 1, 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level


River Bell Awards Acclaim Maritime 'Family'

Peter H. Stephaich receives the River Bell Award (Photo: SCI)

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) recognized two inland maritime industry leaders at an annual awards luncheon Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Paducah, Ky.   The 15th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon, hosted by SCI, raised more than $270


The Economic Impact of Inland Waterway Investment

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A recently released study entitled INLAND NAVIGATION IN THE UNITED STATES evaluates the economic impacts and the potential effects of infrastructure investment on our economy. The comprehensive, 98-page document was prepared by the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee in November


Port of Houston Expecting Record Year

John Moseley, Sr. Director, PHA Trade Development; Ellen Goldberg, Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) Board Member and Immediate Past President, Sister Cities of Houston; Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria; Sutapa Ghosh, Founder and Festival Director, IFFH; Atul Badwal, IFFH Board Member; and Port Commissioner John Kennedy

The Port of Houston Authority is expecting 2014 to close as a banner year for the port, with 34 million tons of cargo handled through November, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported to the port commission of the Port of Houston Authority at its monthly meeting Tuesday.  


Vosta LMG Successfully Tests Dredging Connection

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A new “quick connect dredge hose coupling” designed by Vosta LMG has been successfully tested in the United States in a joint effort with a USA customer. The new coupling was developed to enhance safety and to make the assembly and disassembly procedures for floating dredge hoses


MTU Powers Ice-Capable Research Vessel

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MTU, a Rolls-Royce brand, was chosen to power the Sikuliaq, a U.S. academic research vessel tailor-made for oceanographic research. The Sikuliaq, one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, is owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the University of


Z-Drive Use Spreads on US Inland Waterways

The Nolan Rhodes, from the John Bludworth yard, on the job for Enterprise Marine Services near Channelview Texas.

Sneed built, Cummins powered, ZF driven Enterprise Marine Services, a subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., is making a major commitment to Z-Drives for the US inland waterways. They currently have four Z-Drive boats in service and have taken delivery of two new Z-Drive vessels from


Austrian Port of Linz to Grow with EU Support

EU's TEN-T Program will support with over $1,043,000 development studies for the port of Linz. The project aims to increase the port's capacity to receive larger inland water, rail and road transport flows.   The Port of Linz, located in Austria's third largest city


WCI Hails Funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mike Toohey

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 released last night provides strong funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works mission for inland navigation.  Emerging details from the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of


Marathon Petroleum Repowers Three Towboats

When Marathon Petroleum wanted to repower its inland river towboats, the company turned to its Cat dealer Whayne Power to get the job done. Marathon had installed Cat 3606 engines on the inland waterways vessels in the early 1990s, and twenty years later was ready to repower three towboats with


Damen Expands Dredge Pump Range

The DOP test arrangement at the Damen Dredging yard (Photo: Damen)

The Damen DOP submersible dredge pump range has been enlarged, now running from the smallest DOP150, fitting in any corner of a building pit, to the DOP450L doing some 4,000 m3 of mixture per hour.   The DOP submersible dredge pump is designed to be used in many dredging activities


Royal IHC Launches Easydredge 2700

Easydredge 2700 (Photo: Royal IHC)

Royal IHC (IHC) has launched the first Easydredge 2700, the first vessel in its range of standard trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD) to be delivered in summer 2015. The launch took place at the shipyard of IHC's partner, MTG Dolphin, in Varna, Bulgaria.  


WCI Applauds Passage of New Barge Tax

Michael J. Toohey, PresidentCEO of Waterways Council, Inc.

  Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and its members and stakeholders tonight applauded the Senate’s passage, by a vote of 76 to16, of a 9-cent increase to the barge diesel fuel user fee. The provision was a part of tax extenders legislation that was combined with the “Achieving a


WCI Applauds Barge Diesel Fuel User Fee Increase

Michael J. Toohey

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and its members and stakeholders applauded the Senate’s passage, by a vote of 76 to16, of a 9-cent increase to the barge diesel fuel user fee.  The provision was a part of tax extenders legislation that was combined with the “Achieving a Better Life


Phase 1 Dredging Wraps Up in Redwood City

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Phase 1 of maintenance dredging of the Redwood City Harbor and Channel was completed this week, bringing the Port of Redwood City channel to a depth of 28 feet. The $12.8 million project, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)






 
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