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Saturday, December 10, 2016

First LNG-powered Hopper Dredger Launched

World's first LNG-powered hopper dredger Minerva launched Photo Royal IHC

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) MINERVA took place on 3 December at Royal IHC's shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. "The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry,” says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon. “IHC had already started to investigate the integration of LNG into dredging vessels in 2012, enabling us to understand the challenges of this green solution.

[Op/Ed] WRDA: Dredging up Progress

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Digging out the small ports and harbors that serve as the on-ramps to the maritime super highway is important work. We support the WRDA language that makes our water commerce system work productively. The Presidentially-appointed Mississippi River Commission in its public meetings alongside the members of Big River Coalition and the MVFCA has heard from interests, discussed and supported this approach for more than five years. Our navigation infrastructure must be fully maintained or the efficiencies offered by the inland navigation system…

Fugro's Shares Sink after Boskalis Trims Holding

File photo: Fugro

Shares in Dutch deep-sea prospector Fugro fell 4.5 percent on Monday after larger rival Boskalis announced that it had trimmed its holding in the company. A statement from dredging and marine engineering company Boskalis said that its holding in Fugro now stands at 24.9 percent. Boskalis had built a stake of as much as 28.6 percent at the end of 2015 in what was widely seen as a first step towards buying Fugro. Boskalis also took Fugro to court in an attempt to strip away some of the company's poison pill defenses but lost its case in May.

Damen Dredging Equipment Officially Reopened

Kommer Damen (Photo: Damen)

Kommer Damen, Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group, officially reopened the offices of Damen Dredging Equipment (DDE) in Nijkerk on November 9 following an extensive refit and extension. Among the facility’s improvements, the building now provides visitors with a complete ‘dredging experience’, the company said, starting with displays in the hallways illustrating the challenges of living in the Low Countries and explaining why dredging has been an integral part of its history.

WCI Praises Passage of Water Infrastructure Improvement for Nation

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Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today commended the work of Congress to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, of which the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA 2016) is included, by a vote of 78 to 21 during the lame duck session. WIIN/WRDA authorizes Army Corps of Engineers' work on locks and dams, dredging and other water resources projects. WCI applauded the efforts of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, led by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR)…

S.Arabia Costructs Huge Shibuilding Complex

Khalid Al-Falih Photo: MIT News Office, part of the Office of Communications

A Reuters report quoting  Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said that the country expects a huge ship repair and shipbuilding complex that its national oil company Saudi Aramco is developing at Ras al-Khair on the kingdom's east coast to cost over 20 billion riyals ($5.33 billion). The government will finance the infrastructure of the complex such as dredging and other work as it did with other cities Jubail and Yanbu that have become major industrial hubs. The maritime complex is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco…

Yacht Club Takes Delivery of New Dredger

Photo: Ethan VanMatre, Rose City Yacht Cub

Rose City Yacht Club, a long-standing private marina and social club along the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., recently took delivery and startup of a new 8-inch Badger Class dredge from Reserve, La.-based DSC Dredge, LLC. The Badger dredge was a much-needed replacement for an older dredge the club had purchased used and had operated for more than 20 years. After researching its options, the yacht club’s members decided in early 2015 to order the Badger Class dredge, which is manufactured at DSC’s Greenbush, Mich., facility. The Badger is an 8-inch cutter suction conventional-style dredge.

Damen Delivered Charlock’s Dredge Pumps

Photo courtesy of Damen

The state-of-the-art 3,200 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) Charlock has been equipped with two Damen dredge pumps. One highly innovative semi-axial dredge pump is fitted on the trailing pipe, the other dredge pump is mounted inboard. Both dredge pumps work in series, enabling a highly efficient dredging process. The semi-axial dredge pump is a new addition to the wide Damen dredge pump range. As for all Damen dredge pumps, it has been designed for the harsh dredging environment with special focus on minimizing wear and maximizing efficiency.

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 strength of 40 MPa. It will also have a spud system, which has been designed by VOSTA LMG for hydraulic advance and positioning of the dredge, enabling to operate even in swell. A parallel rope guide, which is tensioned hydraulically reduces load peaks.

Ellicott Takes On Rohr-Idreco Line in Latin America

Rohr-Idreco RISD 600 (24") 100' digging depth dredge for removal of sedimentation behind the Inga dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Photo: Ellicott Dredges)

Ellicott Dredges LLC & Rohr-Idreco Dredge Systems, which are owned by Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC, has  announced that Ellicott's Latin American Sales Manager, Andres Borasino, will be adding the Rohr-Idreco deep digging dredge product lines to his area of responsibilities. The three product lines complement each other by offering customers multiple dredging options based on the their material and digging depth requirements. Andres has been with Ellicott for over four years successfully expanding the brand throughout Latin America.

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Subsea operations specialist, Swire Seabed AS has taken delivery of its fourth subsea vessel, Seabed Constructor. Swire Seabed has secured a six-year contract for Seabed Constructor with UK based Ocean Infinity. The vessel will be carrying out AUV based survey and construction support operations on a global basis. The vessel is a multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel of MT6022 MK II design. 115 metres in length and with a beam of 22 metres, Seabed Constructor is equipped with a 250-tonne crane and a free deck space of 1,300 square metres.

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. The simulators are equipped with three large panoramic screens to replicate the actual view from the operator’s control room…

Rohr-Idreco Delivers Clamshell Dredge

In the foreground is the new Floating Gantry Clamshell dredge. In the background - the 32 year old Gantry Clamshell, which will be refurbished and in operation by the end of September.

The Rohr division of Rohr-Idreco Dredge Systems has announced the successful start-up of another new Floating Gantry 8m3 Clamshell deep digging dredge in France. This dredge is being used to replace an old 6m3 Rohr Gantry Clamshell dredge, which Rohr has rebuilt and sold to another customer. The new 8m3 Rohr Gantry dredge was purchased to increase the digging depth and production at an existing Sand & Gravel operation. The customer chose to go with a Rohr dredge again due to the outstanding performance and service they had experienced with their first dredge.

Ellicott's ROHR Acquires IDRECO Assets

IDRECO 32 m (100 ft) digging depth, 400 TPH sand mining dredger.

ROHR, an Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC Unit, Acquires IDRECO Sand and Gravel Dredge Design & Manufacturing Operation. Ellicott Dredge Enterprises (EDE) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Rohr International Dredge Holdings, Inc. acquired the principle business assets of IDRECO GmbH , including its current backlog, inventory and all associated intellectual property (IPR), on June 29, 2012. IDRECO, which is based in Heerenberg, the Netherlands, approximately 100 km from Amsterdam…

Spotlight on Custom Dredge Solutions

Photo: DSC Dredge

Louisiana-based DSC Dredge, LLC, will have its experts on hand at AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, March 22-24, 2016, in Nashville to discuss customers’ specific dredging challenges, learning their unique stories and offering DSC’s customized dredging solutions. DSC said it believes that every dredge begins with a story; every dredging application is different, and every dredge operator works under unique conditions. DSC’s dredging solutions are rooted in a number of base models that are then customized to match the customer’s goals.

DSC Dredge Launches New Website

Image: DSC Dredge

DSC Dredge, LLC, announced it has launched a new website, www.dscdredge.com, featuring a updated look, improved navigation and enhanced functionality. DSC said it took significant time in creating its new website to think through not only how the company does business, but also why – and how its project methodology differs from other companies in the industry. According to DSC, a theme woven throughout the new website is “Tell Us Your Story.” DSC said it believes that every dredge begins with a story…

Agencies Reach Accord on Managing Long Island Sound Dredged Materials

Six government agencies tasked with regulating dredging activities in Long Island Sound have reached accord on a process to support the goal of reducing or eliminating open water disposal of dredged materials into the Sound while maintaining the economic viability of New York and Connecticut's working ports. agencies to formally administer a Regional Dredging Team to comply with the June 3, 2005, rulemaking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA) that designated open-water dredged material disposal sites in Central Long Island Sound (CLIS) and Western Long Island Sound (WLIS). The establishment of the Regional Dredging Team…

Hudson River Dredging Project Commenses

The second phase of the Hudson River Dredging Project officially began this morning. River flows having receded, two dredges began operations in the Upper Hudson south of Rogers Island in Fort Edward. One dredge is removing sediment, the other debris. Dredging will take place on a limited basis at first and gradually increase to full operation over the next few weeks. Dredging will take place 24 hours a day, six days a week through October, river flows and weather conditions permitting. As many as four dredges and four backfill platforms, 17 tugboats and more than 25 barges will be operating in the Upper Hudson during dredging and related operations. The Upper Hudson and Champlain Canal remain open for recreational and commercial use during dredging.

VOSTA LMG Receives Order

VOSTA LMG has been awarded a contract for a cutter suction dredge CSD750 by INTERNATIONAL SEAPORT DREDGING LTD., a joint venture company of the Belgian dredging major Dredging International (member of the DEME group) and the Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro. The dredge will be used for dredging projects throughout India due to the growing demand from the Indian market for dredging operations. The mono hull cutter suction dredge design and characteristics has been defined in close co-operation with the client and can be operated in shallow waters. It will be equipped with a VOSTA LMG underwater dredge pump and inboard pump both type VL750, a hydraulically driven VOSTA T2 cutter head and a VOSTA LMG wire system spud carrier.

Dredging Components Delivered for Special Mining Vehicles

Final touch to the dredge pump unit (Photo: Damen)

Damen Dredging Equipment is well known for its deliveries of standard dredging components. Usually, deliveries of items such as dredge pumps and dredge valves are for hopper dredgers or cutter suction dredgers. Recent deliveries were for a more exotic use: the Damen dredge pumps and valves have been fitted in remote operated deep sea mining vehicles. These deep sea mining vehicles, also called Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs), have been manufactured by Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD). This UK-based company designed and built three SPTs, each for a specific task.

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 Panama Canal on its nearly 100 years of operation," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L.

DSC Dredge Orders Exceed Previous Years

Image courtesy DSC

With the first quarter of 2011 behind us, DSC is proud to report that business has returned to what it was before the national recession. Almost eight months after taking delivery of their new 24” cutter suction dredge, the Port of New Orleans reports the honeymoon phase has yet to wear off. The Port is especially pleased with the significant fuel savings the new dredge provides. The 24” cutter suction dredge uses one-third of fuel the Port was used to consuming, while producing at a much higher rate. The Port is quite proud of the significant savings as the cost of fuel continues to rise.

Dredge Yard to Participate in Latin American Congress of Ports

Dredge Yard announced it will for the first time participate in the Latin American Congress of Ports that will be held in less than a week in Puerto Iguazú in Argentina. Dredge Yard’s objectives are to showcase its latest innovations in realm of dredging and mining equipment, to exchange the ideas and experiences between the port authorities, dredging companies, operators, service providers and maritime industry leaders. AAPA Congress is the annual meeting par excellence and it is considered to be one of the most important events of the sector because it gathers leaders and company representatives of the activity in the whole Continent. Dredge Yard’s participation will include a stand and sponsorship of the event.


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