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Devall and Kerns partner to start new American dredging contractor with lofty goals

Devall and Kerns partner to start new American dredging contractor with lofty goals

United States

By Judith Powers, a DredgeWire exclusive  How Muddy Water Dredging got started On May 21 of this year, Matthew B. Devall and Michael J. Kerns signed incorporation papers establishing Muddy Water Dredging LLC in the State of Texas. Headquartered in Orange, Texas, the company intends to do maintenance dredging and ancillary projects in the navigable waters of the United States. Kerns is president and CEO of… Read More

GLDD, Weeks, Manson & Brice Civil Construction dredges are working together on Atchafalaya

GLDD, Weeks, Manson & Brice Civil Construction dredges are working together on Atchafalaya

LA, United States

Port of Morgan City officials had hoped to make a little history: Four dredges working on local waterways at the same time. That didn’t quite happen. But three out of four are still at work, marking a high point in efforts to keep commercially important channels open. A Weeks Marine cutter-head dredge has been at… Read More

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Receives Boat of the Year Award for Michael H. Ollis Staten Island Ferry

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Receives Boat of the Year Award for Michael H. Ollis Staten Island Ferry

LA, United States

New Orleans, LA – Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) has been awarded “Boat of the Year” by WorkBoat for the MICHAEL H. OLLIS, a 4,500-passenger ferry the Panama City-based company built for the New York City Department of Transportation Staten Island Ferry Division. Eastern was recognized at an awards ceremony at the 41st International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, LA. “It’s an honor to… Read More

Could Mississippi River diversion overcome sinking land? Two new studies say yes

Could Mississippi River diversion overcome sinking land? Two new studies say yes

MS, United States

$2 billion Mid-Barataria project expected to result in net elevation gain in first century Should Louisiana’s $2 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project be built, at full capacity it could move 40,000 tons of clay, silt and sand per day from the Mississippi River into the degraded wetlands and bays off Plaquemines Parish’s west bank. That’s more… Read More


Company & People News/Dredge Mining

Maine Maritime names next president

ME, United States

Maine Maritime Academy’s Board of Trustees announced today that Jerald “Jerry” Paul has been named as the Castine, Maine., college’s 15th president. Paul, who is currently president of Capitol Access and a 1989 graduate of the institution, will take office this spring. He will succeed William Brennan, who steps down from the position at the… Read More

Crowley Announces 2050 Net-Zero Commitment and Activates Key Partnerships to Realize Goals

FL, United States

Crowley has committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across all scopes by 2050, pursuing a path aligned with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To reach this target, Crowley estimates that it will reduce overall emissions by 4.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, or the equivalent… Read More

Siemens Gamesa to tap Candies IMR vessel for offshore wind role

NY, United States

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is to use an Otto Candies LLC Jones Act-compliant offshore IMR (inspection, maintenance and repair vessel), the Paul Candies, during the construction phase of the South Fork Wind project, offshore New York. Brigitte Hagen-Peter, marine assets and operations manager for SGRE, revealed the plan yesterday at an ABS panel discussion… Read More

Atlantic Power Transmission plans transmission project for New Jersey offshore wind

NJ, United States

Atlantic Power Transmission (APT), a Blackstone portfolio company, submitted a bid to develop a clean power transmission solution in response to the 2021 New Jersey Offshore Wind SAA Transmission Solicitation initiated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. APT’s project offers a total offshore wind transmission solution of up to 3,600 MW and is… Read More


Events & Conferences

WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Conference

AL, United States

The WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Conference kicked off last night with their Ice Breaker event in Mobile, Alabama. Attendance for the conference is over 250, which includes Dredge Contractors, Vendors, Engineering Firms and USACE. The conference is from 11/17-19 and will have a series of technical presentations over the next two days.

Advisory: Offshore Wind Awards Gala to Honor Industry Trailblazers

DC, United States

Winners of the first-ever Ventus Awards will be announced and celebrated at Washington, D.C. Gala For Immediate Release:  November 11, 2021 Media Contact:  Melinda Skea |media@offshorewindus.org | 202-709-9793 Washington, D.C. – The Business Network for Offshore Wind will host the inaugural Ventus Awards Gala on Thursday, November 18 in Washington, D.C. to bring the industry together and… Read More

BlueTech Maryland holds virtual inaugural event TODAY on why and how Maryland can be one of the top three regional blue tech clusters in the USA

MD, United States

General information BlueTechMaryland is holding its inaugural event on Tuesday, November 16 10a-3p at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street.) The goal of the event is to discuss our cohesive narrative of what blue tech is, explain why Maryland can be one of the top three regional blue tech… Read More

USACE Hosts Virtual Innovation 2021 Week of October 25

United States

USACE kicked off their Innovation Summit for the week on Monday 10/25/21. The summit is a showcase for USACE innovations from both R&D and applied practices as well innovations in human capital and business processes. The USACE wants to move a typically risk averse culture to one that will embrace more innovative ideas. Lt. Gen…. Read More


Maritime hires and promotions

Maine Maritime names next president

ME, United States

Maine Maritime Academy’s Board of Trustees announced today that Jerald “Jerry” Paul has been named as the Castine, Maine., college’s 15th president. Paul, who is currently president of Capitol Access and a 1989 graduate of the institution, will take office this spring. He will succeed William Brennan, who steps down from the position at the… Read More

Abbey Heimensen appointed to VP of Marketing, MarineMax

FL, United States

MarineMax recently announced the appointment of Abbey Heimensen to the role of Vice President of Marketing, overseeing a robust and talented team that delivers marketing support for MarineMax’s national retail network of over 77 stores and diverse business units. Shawn Berg, MarineMax Chief Digital Officer comments, “Abbey’s passion, commitment, and dedication to MarineMax and our… Read More

AWO appoints Peter Schrappen as VP – Pacific Region

WA, United States

The American Waterways Operators reports that Peter Schrappen will join the organization’s staff as Vice President – Pacific Region on December 13. Schrappen, who has 23 years of legislative and advocacy experience, currently serves as Vice President and Director of Government Affairs of the Northwest Marine Trade Association and Board Chairman of the Washington Maritime… Read More

SEACORP Appoints David Cadorette as President

RI, United States

SEACORP, LLC. (SEACORP) Chief Executive Officer Roy Kapani is pleased to announce the appointment of David Cadorette as President, effective January 1, 2022. His appointment is a clear reflection of the company’s current state: excited after another strong year of growth and ready to take on the future. SEACORP is poised for major expansion in the Distributed Maritime Operations market,… Read More


Port News

Port of Seattle green hydrogen fuel project underway with DOE funding

WA, United States

Two studies are proceeding to determine the potential for the clean energy source. Teams at Seattle City Light, Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are starting a project to bring green hydrogen fuel to the Port of Seattle. They will examine the potential for using the renewable energy for powering medium- and… Read More

SC Ports set all-time monthly record for containers moved in November

SC, United States

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — South Carolina Ports set an all-time monthly record in November for containers handled by volume. This is the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year record cargo volumes. South Carolina Ports Authority points to “unprecedented” imports coming into the Port of Charleston. November also surpassed the last container record set in March. The… Read More

APM Terminals Elizabeth targets intermodal cargo

NJ, United States

With the US inland supply chain in the spotlight, APM Terminals (APMT) Elizabeth is looking to use its first port of call momentum to expand intermodal cargo volumes to and from the Midwest and Canada. Using a direct-to-rail landing zone section on the terminal during vessel discharge operations, the facility can expedite rail cargo to… Read More

Terminal to be only Mississippi River wharf to handle 1,200-foot vessels

LA, United States

NOLA Oil Terminal LLC reports that it has begun construction on Phase 1 of an oil and refined products terminal project in Plaquemines Parish, La., occupying 158 acres located at Mile 59 on the Lower Mississippi River. The terminal will be the first of its kind in the region, allowing Mississippi River access for much… Read More


Product and Technical Innovation

Fincantieri Bay delivers Clean Canaveral

WI, United States

In a ceremony held this past Friday, December 3, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., shipbuilder Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding delivered the 340 foot long, 5,500-cubic-meter LNG bunkering barge, Clean Canaveral, to Polaris New Energy. The vessel is the largest ATB bunkering barge thus far built in the U.S. and will soon be followed by a second of similar… Read More

AOS picks Volvo Penta to power new offshore wind CTVs

RI, United States

Four new offshore wind farm crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to be built at Blount Boats for American Offshore Services (AOS) will be powered by quad Volvo Penta IPS drives. Each 30-meter (99-feet) catamaran CTV will be powered by four IPS900 propulsion drives, two in each hull. The fully integrated system will also include Volvo Penta’s… Read More

USACE Vicksburg Welcomes Home the Dredge Jadwin

MS, United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District welcomed home the Dredge Jadwin and crew Nov. 18, 2021, to the Vicksburg Harbor just in time for the holidays. The dredge and crew of around 50 set out May 3, 2021, for their annual season of dredging on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers as well as… Read More

Blount books order for 4 hybrid-ready CTVs

RI, United States

Warren, R.I., shipbuilder Blount Boats has won an order to build four hybrid-ready crew transfer vessels (CTVs) for delivery in 2023 – 2024 to American Offshore Services (A-O-S). A-O-S said today that it has secured its first contracts with clients in the U.S. Starting in third quarter 2023, the company will provide CTVs and equipment… Read More


Project Updates & Industry Developments

Will EPA help fund Utah Lake island-building project?

UT, United States

Dredging proponents are seeking $893 million in federal loans supporting water infrastructure. Proponents of a controversial dredging project for Utah Lake are seeking $893 million in federal financing, hoping to tap a program aimed at “accelerating investment in water infrastructure” and gaining a crucial validation in the process. On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency… Read More

BP oil spill fund: $103M to projects in 3 Gulf states

United States

Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects. “These projects, combined with existing investments, continue to advance our goal of protecting and restoring species and habitats impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of… Read More

County receives no bids for east Taylor’s Creek dredging, Radio Island nourishment project

NC, United States

BEAUFORT — Carteret County didn’t get any bids to open Thursday for a proposed project to dredge east Taylor’s Creek and use the sand to nourish the public beach and other areas on Radio Island. Gene Foxworth, county planning director, said Friday the county did get some “interest” from potential bidders, but no official bids…. Read More

Louisiana Coastal Protection Agency Has Begun Dredging for New Marsh Project

LA, United States

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced Dec. 2 that it had started dredging activities on the Cameron Meadows Marsh Creation and Terracing Project. The restoration work will take place northwest of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish and see the addition of 308 acres of marsh by pumping in 1.9 million cu. yds…. Read More


Upcoming Projects/Contracts/Tenders

Sunoco ordered to dredge lake, pay $4M over pipeline spill

PA, United States

A pipeline developer will dredge part of a contaminated lake and pay more than $4 million for spilling thousands of gallons of drilling fluids at a popular state park outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state officials announced Monday in a settlement that will allow construction to resume. Sunoco Pipeline LP will dredge at least six inches of… Read More

New plan aims to save northeastern NC marshlands

NC, United States

Toiling through nearly two years of remote meetings, a 14-member partnership last week completed a comprehensive plan to save miles of marshlands in the northeastern corner of North Carolina. The Currituck Sound Coalition Marsh Conservation Plan released Tuesday is the culmination of a goal seeded more than a decade ago, when Audubon North Carolina started… Read More

Feds approve sand pumping for northern Outer Banks town beach nourishment in 2022

NC, United States

Another piece of the complex beach nourishment puzzle has been put in place, as federal regulators have granted approval to four northern Outer Banks towns to have sand from offshore pumped onto their beaches starting next spring. As part of its efforts to support local economies and protect coastal communities and habitats from the impacts… Read More

Dare awards $26M bid for Avon, Buxton nourishment

NC, United States

The Dare County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to award a $25.87 million bid to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. for the 2022 Avon and Buxton beach nourishment projects. The county received bids for the project on Nov. 17 from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., Manson Construction Co. and Weeks Marine. Great… Read More


USACE

Final ribbon-cuttings close out two-day celebration blitz

United States

To close out the two-day sprint across five states, the Memphis District held two final ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Nov. 18, 2021. Both events celebrated construction projects completed in Arkansas and Missouri. The first celebration acknowledged a project in Greene County, Arkansas. There, contractors addressed a damaged levee culvert and erosion caused by previous flood events…. Read More

Arcadis to support US Army Corps of Engineers with environmental remediation services for safe water and land use

United States

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo., Dec. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD) today announced it is among 12 firms selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center (USACE) in Huntsville, Alabama as one of the awardees on a $1.136 billion shared-capacity contract for chemical, environmental and munitions remediation services. Services provided under the contract… Read More

Start planning for the 2022 camping season now

TN, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 2, 2021) – Just because the winter months are here, doesn’t mean preparation for the upcoming recreation season stops!  The 2022 recreational camping and fee schedule is live on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s webpage. Recreation enthusiasts can find up-to-date information about site amenities such as: electric hookups, fees, dates of… Read More

Ecosystem restoration project at SCDNR-managed Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary complete

SC, United States

Officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently conducted a walk-through inspection of the completed Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary restoration project with project contractor Norfolk Dredging Company. Norfolk began placing approximately 660,000 cubic yards of compatible material from the Charleston Harbor Deepening “Post… Read More


Videos/C-Suite Interviews

Crab Bank Restoration Project

United States

The Crab Bank Restoration project uses compatible material dredged from the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. The project will add 32 acres to the historic shorebird habitat and is slated to complete in the next few months. Video by Adam Boozer Source

Drone video of Hurricane Ida destruction of Grand Isle, LA

LA, United States

34 minute video but we recommend using 2x speed—no sound 

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