Better Dredges Acquires W&S Dredge
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. DSC was not interested in creating a line that would compete with its existing automated products, but instead wanted to produce more options for the industry. Since its origination, BDI has been seeking an opportunity that would enable its growth in this extremely specific market. Tom Stojsik, founder of W&S Dredge Manufacturer, had dealt with Thomas Wetta, founder of DSC and BDI, regularly over the years. The two founders had a long professional relationship and had grown to respect one another as they shared many common business values. Both DSC and W&S began as family-owned operations and have progressively grown by experimenting with new concepts. Both companies put their customer’s best interest first and strive to please them by providing highly engineered equipment that is proven throughout the industry.
IHC Merwede, T-Rubber Extend Purchasing Agreement
IHC Merwede and T-Rubber announced that they have strengthened their ongoing business relationship with an extension to the Purchasing Cooperation Agreement between the two companies. The signing of this agreement for the supply of rubber hoses was arranged to coincide with the visit of a delegation from T-Rubber to Europe at the beginning of June for the Wodcon XX congress and exhibition in Brussels. Govert Hamers, the President of IHC Merwede, and Ren Fan, the General Director of T-Rubber
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
GNSS Positioning: DEME Selects TERRASTAR
DEME, global dredging & land reclamation specialists, select TERRASTAR-D “Precise Point Positioning” service to work with its Septentrio GNSS receivers. The Belgian dredging and environmental group is exploiting the service using Septentrio AsteRx2eL GNSS positioning and AsteRx2eH GNSS heading receivers to support its nearshore dredging and construction operations worldwide. DEME has evaluated and used the service for several months and selected TERRASTAR-D® for its
Yacht Club Takes Delivery of New Dredger
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
Dragflow Cutterhead for Harbor Dredging
Dragflow has delivered a dredging hydraulic pump with frontal cutterhead to an Iranian company for the construction of a fishery port near Jask area in the Persian Gulf, South of Iran. Before finding in Dragflow equipment the best solution, they were dredging mechanically with a long boom excavator on a barge. As the operation were too slow, they decided to switch to the hydraulic dredging by connecting Dragflow HY85/160HC equipped with DTM85 cutterhead on the CAT345 boom.
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. European dredging giants continue to make a clean sweep of all major Indian dredging projects, a market condition largely attributed to the lack of an environment conducive to encouraging Indian companies into large scale dredging
Netherlands Shipyard to Build Ship for China
IHC Merwede says it has been successful in securing orders worth € 350 million for a wide range of dredging and offshore vessels and equipment, including a large trailing suction dredger for a Chinese customer. News of the orders as follows: The company's Dredging division has confirmed new contracts for the delivery of a large custom-built trailing suction hopper dredger, with units that will be supplied by IHC Beaver Dredgers as well as a cutter suction dredger training simulator
Boskalis Post Record H1 2014 Profits
Despite what it describes as 'challenging market conditions' Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. posted record profits in the first half year ended 30, June 2014. Highlights first half 2014 - Revenue exceeds EUR 1.5 billion - EBITDA: EUR 466 million - Net profit: EUR 253 million - Order book in excess of EUR 3.1 billion - First application of IFRS11 outlook - Challenging market conditions
Australia Reveals Barrier Reef Protections
Australia detailed on Monday how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world's largest reef and avoid having it listed by UNESCO as "in danger." UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is due to decide in June whether to put the reef on its "in danger" list because its corals have been badly damaged and some of its animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened.
Royal IHC Buys Into Rotterdam Offshore Group
Royal IHC has announced its acquisition of 50% of the share capital of Rotterdam Offshore Group (ROG). The agreement will enable IHC to strengthen its ship repair and conversion capabilities with the addition of a dedicated facility in Rotterdam, which has uninterrupted access to open sea. Rotterdam Offshore Group has a strong reputation in the worldwide maritime and offshore industry for dockside and on-site services
New Dredger Goes to Work in Australia
The Tommy Norton, a Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 built at Damen Shipyards Yichang has been officially delivered to her proud owner, Gippsland Ports. The first dredger to be built by Damen Shipyards Group for Australia, the 60-meter Tommy Norton has now started work to deliver safe and reliable ocean access for the commercial vessels, oil & gas suppliers and commercial fishing fleet that cross the entrance bar to the Gippsland Lakes area
The Environmental Age: What Will Power Future Ships?
What will power the future shipping fleet? What will the future fuel mix be? These questions are being asked with greater frequency in the wake of the Global 2020 Sulphur Cap ruling agreed at the International Maritime Organization and other tightening regulations around air pollution and emissions from shipping operations. The need to take action is, in turn, driving the development and application of innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships.
SCHOTTEL Thrusters Propel New Australian Dredger
A newly built 60-meter trailing suction hopper dredger Tommy Norton started work to deliver safe and reliable ocean access for the commercial vessels, oil and gas suppliers and commercial fishing fleet that cross the entrance bar to the Gippsland Lakes area. The dredger is the first built by Damen Shipyards Group for Australia, and features propulsion is provided by two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers type SRP 330 fixed pitch.
Damen Launches Electrically-driven Dredge Pump
Damen Dredging Equipment has unveiled its new electrically-driven E-DOP pump, every bit as capable as its hydraulic predecessor first introduced to the dredging industry 25 years ago. The new, electrical DOP pump offers added versatility to be more applicable to even more projects. Damen Product Director Dredging, Olivier Marcus, said, “When Damen developed the DOP pump, over a quarter of a century ago, we did so with much collaboration from dredging contractors
New Dredgers Delivered in Bangladesh
Following various dredgers recently delivered in Bangladesh, and the Damen Dredging Seminar held last month in Dhaka where her Excellency Leoni Cuelenaere, the Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh was the honorable Chief guest, Damen said it has again delivered multiple dredgers from available stock. Regional Sales Director Rabien Bahadoer said, “Damen has again confirmed its long-term commitment to Bangladesh by delivering quality dredgers with a proven design from
Damen Delivers Stock Workboat to ISA Towage
ISA Towage B.V. (formerly known as V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA) has taken delivery of a Shoalbuster 3209 from Damen Shipyard Hardinxveld (DSHa). The vessel was already in stock at the yard and was handed over to the client within four weeks of the order being agreed. Damen’s extensive range of Shoalbuster vessels offers some of the most versatile workboats available in the marketplace today, capable of taking on a wide variety of roles.
ATB Tug Launched for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock
A new ATB tug for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD), M/V Douglas B. Mackie, was launched in Mobile, Ala. The vessel is being built by Eastern Shipbuilding and is scheduled to be delivered this fall. The design for the 14-knot ATB was developed by GLDD from an Ocean Tug and Barge concept with the hull lines completely revised by MARIN, a model basin in the Netherlands. Ship Architects, Inc. (SAi) completed the functional design and subsequent Class package
Bellingham Marine Opens Plant in Fiji
The island nation of Fiji is thriving in its seventh straight year of economic growth. From textiles to sugar, one of Fiji’s fastest growing sectors is manufacturing. The country has now expanded into pontoon manufacturing with the announcement of the partnership between Bellingham Marine and Marine Structures and Consultancy (MSC) Limited. Two of the country’s best-known marine service operators, Hall Dredging and Bob Oldham, recently took control of MSC
World Marine Wins Bid to Repair USACE Dredger
World Marine of Alabama (WMA) said it has won a contract to drydock and repair the Dredge Wheeler, a hopper dredge owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Since the Wheeler’s commissioning at Avondale Shipyards in 1982, WMA’s facility in Mobile, Ala. has drydocked and repaired the Dredge Wheeler on many occasions, including a complete repowering of the vessel in 2012. As the largest and most powerful hopper dredge in the USACE fleet
DEME Names Second LNG-fueled Dredger
The trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Scheldt River was officially named at the DEME head office in Zwijndrecht, Belgium. The dredger was named by Veerle Hegge, the wife of Bart De Wever, Mayor of Antwerp. The 8,400 m³ Scheldt River is the second dredger in the DEME fleet equipped with dual fuel engines. The highly innovative vessel can operate in LNG mode, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, almost eliminating sulphur, NOx and particle emissions
New Dredger Delivered to Saudi Arabia
Damen Shipyards Group said it has delivered to Murjan Al-Sharq Marine Services a new Multi Cat 1908 fitted with a Damen DOP Submersible Dredge Pump 250 for added shallow-water dredging capacity. Murjan Al-Sharq Marine Services is based in Saudi Arabia. The company provides marine construction and maintenance, dredging, diving and subsea services. The company’s new vessel, called Murjan 40, has been equipped with a Damen DOP 250
Suez Canal Orders Two Cutter Suction Dredgers
The Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has placed an order for two custom-built 29,190kW heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers (CSDs). SCA has signed a contract with Royal IHC for the design and construction of two CSDs, which will be built in The Netherlands and are expected to be delivered in 2020 The vessels will have an overall length of 147.4 meters and provide a maximum dredging depth of 35 meters. In addition, they will offer accommodation facilities for 73 people
Great Lakes CEO Provides Business Update
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, a provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and infrastructure services, has announced multiple updates. Chief Executive Officer, Lasse Petterson, commented, “During the two months since we reported second quarter earnings, a number of developments have occurred at the Company. “As noted on the quarterly earnings call on August 2
Corpus Christi: Energy Port of the Americas
The Port of Corpus Christi lives up to its moniker ‘Energy Port of the Americas,’ as the movement of energy in and out dominates the port’s history and future. John P. LaRue, Executive Director, Port Corpus Christi recently visited Maritime Reporter’s headquarters in New York to discuss the nearly $50 billion in investment projects driving the port forward. “Let’s just start with what we are and what we are not,” said LaRue