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The Dredging Industry Mourns the Passing of Ben Cottrell V

The Dredging Industry Mourns the Passing of Ben Cottrell V

United States

DredgeWire Along With Everyone in the Dredging Industry Mourns the Loss of Ben Cotrell V this past Week. Benjamin Gray Cottrell V, 62, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 surrounded by his loving family and close friends. He battled cancers and heart issues for 13 years and finally succumbed to complications from sepsis. Known… Read More

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

TX, United States

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 28, 2021– Orion Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ORN) (the “Company”), a leading specialty construction company, today reported net income of $3.5 million ($0.11 diluted earnings per share) for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021. Second Quarter 2021 Highlights Operating income was $5.6 million for the second quarter of 2021 compared to operating… Read More

Callan Marine LTD Appoints Frank Belesimo as Executive Vice President

Callan Marine LTD Appoints Frank Belesimo as Executive Vice President

TX, United States

Frank Belesimo, formerly Executive Vice President at Cashman Dredging, has joined Callan Marine LTD as Executive Vice President. Callan Marine, LTD. is a Texas-based, family-owned dredging business founded in 2009. Callan Marine performs dredging projects for both private and public clients by providing services to restore berthing depths for ship docks, navigation channels, or otherwise… Read More

Watermaster North America, LLC – Honored as a 2021 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awardee!

Watermaster North America, LLC – Honored as a 2021 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awardee!

MI, United States

7-21-2021 Ann Arbor, MI — Watermaster North America, LLC was honored as one of the 2021 awardees for Best Small Business, presented by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, during its 17th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses gala event held at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Tuesday, July 20. Watermaster North America (WMNA), based… Read More


Company & People News/Dredge Mining

The Dredging Industry Mourns the Passing of Ben Cottrell V

United States

DredgeWire Along With Everyone in the Dredging Industry Mourns the Loss of Ben Cotrell V this past Week. Benjamin Gray Cottrell V, 62, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 surrounded by his loving family and close friends. He battled cancers and heart issues for 13 years and finally succumbed to complications from sepsis. Known… Read More

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

TX, United States

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 28, 2021– Orion Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ORN) (the “Company”), a leading specialty construction company, today reported net income of $3.5 million ($0.11 diluted earnings per share) for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021. Second Quarter 2021 Highlights Operating income was $5.6 million for the second quarter of 2021 compared to operating… Read More

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation Schedules Announcement of 2021 Second Quarter Results

TX, United States

HOUSTON, July 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ: GLDD) today announced that it will release the financial results for its three and six months ended June 30, 2021 on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. C.D.T. A conference call with the Company will be held the same day… Read More

Clean Earth and Harsco Environmental, Divisions of Harsco Corporation, Once Again Named as Top 200 Environmental Firms by Leading Industry Publication

PA, United States

Clean Earth appears on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) annual Top 200 Environmental Firms list for 11th consecutive year, ranking in the Top 30 for the first time. Harsco Environmental makes list for the second year in a row, ranking #27. CAMP HILL, Pa. – (July 27, 2021)  –  Harsco Corporation (NYSE: HSC), a global market leading… Read More


Events & Conferences

WEDA Pacific Chapter Meeting – Call for Abstracts Extended to July 30th

United States

Reminder! The Board of the Pacific Chapter of WEDA has extended the deadline to submit abstracts until July 30th. The meeting will be held in downtown Seattle at the boutique MOTIF Hotel from Wednesday, October 27th to 29th, 2021. Registration, sponsorship, and hotel reservation information are listed below. Call for Abstracts:   Please limit your abstract… Read More

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. to Participate in the Jefferies Virtual Industrials Conference on Tuesday, August 3rd and Wednesday, August 4th

TX, United States

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 20, 2021– Orion Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ORN) (the “Company”), a leading specialty construction company, today announced that its CEO Mark Stauffer, Executive Vice President & CFO Robert Tabb and VP of Investor Relations Francis Okoniewski, are scheduled to present at the Jefferies Virtual Industrials Conference on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 1:00… Read More

USACE Innovation Summit 2021

United States

INNOVATION TO IMPACT: ​LEADING FROM THE FUTURE Event by U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) VIRTUAL EVENT  |  OCTOBER 25-29, 2021 Registration link – https://www.usaceinnovationsummit.org/ About The USACE Innovation Summit 2021, Innovation to Impact: Leading from the Future, is a virtual event with national visibility that will kick off Monday, October 25, through Friday, October… Read More

Registration is open for WEDA’s 2021 WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting

AL, United States

Registration is open for the 2021 WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter annual meeting to take place on November 17-19, 2021 at the Holiday Inn in the downtown historic district of Mobile, AL. The meeting will provide a forum for exchanging information of interest to the dredging industry and its associates. Representatives from all areas of the industry, including… Read More


Maritime hires and promotions

Neal elected Long Beach Harbor Commission President

CA, United States

Harbor Commissioner Steven Neal was elected Monday as President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member panel that oversees the Port of Long Beach, according to the company’s release. The board also elected Sharon L. Weissman as Vice President and Bobby Olvera Jr. as Secretary. Each July, Commissioners select a President and… Read More

Callan Marine LTD Appoints Frank Belesimo as Executive Vice President

TX, United States

Frank Belesimo, formerly Executive Vice President at Cashman Dredging, has joined Callan Marine LTD as Executive Vice President. Callan Marine, LTD. is a Texas-based, family-owned dredging business founded in 2009. Callan Marine performs dredging projects for both private and public clients by providing services to restore berthing depths for ship docks, navigation channels, or otherwise… Read More

ABS names John McDonald EVP and COO

TX, United States

John McDonald is to become ABS executive vice president and chief operating officer as Tony Nassif has announced plans to retire on December 31, 2021. “Tony has been an exceptional COO and operational leader across ABS and our wholly-owned subsidiary, ABS Group of Companies Inc., for 40 years,” said Christopher Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and… Read More

Scott Laiche Named Director of Engineering for DSC Dredge, LLC

LA, United States

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Laiche to Director of Engineering for DSC Dredge, LLC.  “Scott has been with DSC for 9 years and has been a vital part of the growth of our Engineering department,” said William J. Wetta, EVP and Chief Technology Officer with DSC, “This is Scott’s second promotion… Read More


Port News

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Port of Baltimore to highlight significance of US maritime infrastructure – “shovel worthy v shovel ready”

Baltimore , MD, United States

A DredgeWire exclusive, by Peter Bowe DredgeWire was very pleased to be invited by both the US Dept of Transportation and the Port of Baltimore to join Secretary Pete Buttigieg on his tour of the Port. Publisher Peter Bowe attended for DredgeWire and filed this report. Background on the Port of Baltimore Visit On Thursday July 29… Read More

Port Houston Launches Business Equity Division

TX, United States

DIVERSITY AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH NEW MWBE PROGRAM HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Port Houston has announced its new MWBE Business Equity Program and Initiative, receiving praise and support from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis, Adrian Garcia, and other community and business leaders at Thursday’s official announcement regarding Port Houston’s newly-formed Business Equity Division…. Read More

Could SC use $350M in COVID-19 relief money for Charleston port upgrades? What to know

SC, United States

A proposal to use COVID-19 relief cash on railroad and barge upgrades at the Port of Charleston aims to keep the state from borrowing money for the project, if the expenditure is allowed. Accelerate SC members are considering a proposal to recommend the state use $350 million of American Rescue Plan Act money for improvements… Read More

Proposed APM container terminal at Port of Plaquemines could pose challenge to Port of New Orleans

LA, United States

In May, the Port of Plaquemines (located South of New Orleans) and APM Terminals (APMT) announced a plan to locate and build a state-of-the-art container terminal that can handle the largest container ships. The development could pose a challenge to the Port of New Orleans. The Plaquemines Port Executive Director Sandy Sanders asserts the APM… Read More


Product and Technical Innovation

House Seapower panel set to add second destroyer to Navy budget

United States

The House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces today released its proposals for the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The subcommittee will meet tomorrow for its mark up of the bill and it looks set to follow the Senate Armed Services Committee’s example in passing a version of the FY 2022 NDAA that… Read More

Senate Armed Services adds a second destroyer to Navy budget

United States

The Senate Armed Services Committee has passed a version of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that puts back the second Arleigh Burke class destroyer that the Navy had cut from its request. It also provides an additional $270 million for a further expeditionary fast transport vessel. There’s also pushback against the Navy’s plan… Read More

Gladding-Hearn builds new class of launch for Maryland pilots

MD, United States

The Association of Maryland Pilots has taken delivery of a new class of pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, Somerset, Mass., called the “Baltimore Class” after the pilots’ base of operations at the Port of Baltimore. With a length overall of 48’6″, beam of 15.6′, and draft of 4′, the all-aluminum pilot boat features… Read More

Corps Dredge “Potter” has active schedule in Upper Mississippi River

MS, United States

CHANNEL MAINTENANCE DREDGING USACE Dredge Potter Upper Mississippi River mile 0 – 300 1. Commencing on 9 July 2021 and continuing until further notice, the US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Potter will perform channel maintenance dredging at various locations on the Upper Mississippi River from mile 0 to 300.0. 2. The Dredge Potter’s has… Read More


Project Updates & Industry Developments

U.S. LNG exports soar

United States

Figures released yesterday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that monthly U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports reached record highs in the first half of 2021, averaging 9.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This average marks an increase of 42%, or 2.8 Bcf/d, compared with the same period in 2020 (according to… Read More

Coastal Zone Management Act and its Impact on Offshore Wind Development

United States

Twentieth-century legal battles between state and federal authorities over offshore mineral leases led Congress to enact laws that address which activities, and which locations, give rise to state and federal control (e.g., the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Submerged Lands Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)). As the United States prepares… Read More

Municipalities launch protests against York City wastewater treatment system sale

PA, United States

Five municipalities have filed protests against the sale of York’s wastewater treatment system, alleging the deal is inherently flawed and will increase rates. The five townships, which form the York Area Regional Sewer Authority, join another protest filed by the state Office of Consumer Advocate with the Public Utility Commission over the $235 million sale to Pennsylvania American Water… Read More

Governor Wolf Announces $97 Million Investment in Clean, Lead-Free Water Infrastructure Projects in 19 Counties

PA, United States

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $97 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-point source projects across 19 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) furthering his commitment to a lead-free Pennsylvania. “Historic investments in clean water infrastructure like the ones made today continue to underscore our commitment to safe… Read More


Upcoming Projects/Contracts/Tenders

GLDD awarded $12 million USACE contract

TX, United States

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $12,086,200 firm-fixed-price contract for beach nourishment at the Cape May Inlet. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed in Cape May, N.J., with an estimated completion date of March 14, 2022. Fiscal 2021 civil construction funds in… Read More

48-Hour OC Inlet Dredging Begins

MD, United States

OCEAN CITY, Md.- For a 48-hour stint, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Murden dredging vessel will take to the Ocean City Inlet. It set out early Monday with an important mission. “They’re working 24-hour shifts and the dredge Merdun is a hopper dredge so it has two arms along the side that end up… Read More

District’s FY21 ‘of the year’ recipients named

TX, United States

The Galveston District honored eight awardees for their exceptional contributions and work during Fiscal Year 2021 and in previous years. Commander Col. Tim R. Vail and Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Mangement Mr. Byron Williams presented the awards during a ceremony held at the District’s Headquarters in Galveston on July 19, 2021, where… Read More

Old Hickory Lake shoreline project addresses erosion nearby slave cemetery

TN, United States

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (July 23, 2021) – Maintenance personnel onboard the Motor Vessel Iroquois removed vegetation and stabilized a section of shoreline on Old Hickory Lake this week to address erosion issues nearby the historic Rock Castle Slave Cemetery, an important cultural resource in the community. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Maintenance Support… Read More


USACE

District’s FY21 ‘of the year’ recipients named

TX, United States

The Galveston District honored eight awardees for their exceptional contributions and work during Fiscal Year 2021 and in previous years. Commander Col. Tim R. Vail and Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Mangement Mr. Byron Williams presented the awards during a ceremony held at the District’s Headquarters in Galveston on July 19, 2021, where… Read More

Old Hickory Lake shoreline project addresses erosion nearby slave cemetery

TN, United States

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (July 23, 2021) – Maintenance personnel onboard the Motor Vessel Iroquois removed vegetation and stabilized a section of shoreline on Old Hickory Lake this week to address erosion issues nearby the historic Rock Castle Slave Cemetery, an important cultural resource in the community. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Maintenance Support… Read More

Dam road closed for maintenance

TN, United States

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced last week that Dale Hollow Dam Road at the dam in Celina is closed to all traffic while personnel perform scheduled maintenance on the unit head gates. Due to the extensive nature of this work, there is no scheduled date for re-opening the roadway; however, the work… Read More

Workshop targets storm risks along the Rhode Island shoreline

RI, United States

WESTERLY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state Coastal Resources Management Council will conduct a virtual public workshop Wednesday night to discuss a project aimed at reducing the risk of storm damage by elevating coastal properties in Westerly, Charlestown, Narragansett, and South Kingstown. The project area includes a series of coastal barrier beaches… Read More


Videos/C-Suite Interviews

USACE MOU Signing Ceremony with CDMCS

United States

On June 3rd USACE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety. The group is the safety voice for the industry. The MOU formally reconfirms the two entities commitment to promote and develop a safety mindset on dredging job sites. Also Read: Breaking News from DredgeWire: USACE and Council… Read More

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