ACOPNE welcomes Lori Brownell, P.E., D. NE as a new member of the ACOPNE Board of Trustees


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Coastal States Organization Appoints Derek Brockbank as Executive Director

Coastal States Organization Appoints Derek Brockbank as Executive Director

DC, United States

Coastal States Organization (CSO) has hired Derek Brockbank to be their new Executive Director. CSO represents the nation’s coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource and policy issues. Brockbank brings two decades of experience in coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, most recently serving as Executive Director of American Shore… Read More

Custom Dredge Works Delivers New Electric Chain-Ladder Dredge to Legacy Materials

Custom Dredge Works Delivers New Electric Chain-Ladder Dredge to Legacy Materials

United States

The new dredge boasts two unique characteristics: 1) Electric Powered, and 2) A Chain Ladder cutting system. The electric powered dredge will greatly reduce or eliminate Air pollution, Noise pollution, Water pollution, and ongoing Maintenance requirements. The Chain Ladder cutting system will allow the dredge to mine effectively and efficiently in the presence of large… Read More

Indian River Lagoon South restoration project on track for June 2021 completion

Indian River Lagoon South restoration project on track for June 2021 completion

FL, United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District’s multi-billion dollar Indian River Lagoon South (IRL-S) construction of the C-44 component is due for completion June 2021. Team members and visitors met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, West Palm Beach resident engineer Stephen Montjoy for a worksite visit. Initially awarded in September 2015,… Read More

US Wind Appoints Jeff Grybowski as CEO

US Wind Appoints Jeff Grybowski as CEO

MD, United States

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, US Wind Inc. announced that it has named Jeffrey Grybowski as Chief Executive Officer. Grybowski will lead US Wind as the company embarks on development of a major offshore wind project off the coast of Maryland. In August, funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) committed to invest up to $265 million in… Read More


Company & People News/Dredge Mining

Yanmar America Hires Carl J. Micu

GA, United States

Yanmar America said it has hired Carl J. Micu as division manager of power solutions. He will oversee all engine sales and be responsible for the strategic development of long-term sales growth plans and annual sales targets related to industrial engines, commercial and large marine engines in the Americas. Prior to Yanmar, Micu served 15… Read More

ACOPNE welcomes Lori Brownell, P.E., D. NE as a new member of the ACOPNE Board of Trustees

TX, United States

ACOPNE welcomes Lori Brownell, P.E., D. NE as a new member of the ACOPNE Board of Trustees. Ms. Brownell will serve as the navigation engineering representative on the Board thru October 2023. Currently, as Port Houston‘s Director of Channel Improvement, Ms. Brownell leads the team to focus on the next generation of widening and deepening improvements to the Port… Read More

Maritime Industry New Hires

United States

Martijn Luth General Manager at Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc. Rockford, Michigan, United States MORE INFO   Jason Marchioni General Manager at North American Aggregates Cranford, New Jersey, United States          

Coastal States Organization Appoints Derek Brockbank as Executive Director

DC, United States

Coastal States Organization (CSO) has hired Derek Brockbank to be their new Executive Director. CSO represents the nation’s coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource and policy issues. Brockbank brings two decades of experience in coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, most recently serving as Executive Director of American Shore… Read More


Events & Conferences

Orion Group Holdings, Inc. to Present at Noble Capital Markets’ Seventeenth Annual Investor Conference on Tuesday, January 19th

TX, United States

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 13, 2021– Orion Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ORN) (the “Company”), a leading specialty construction company, today announced that its CFO Robert Tabb and VP of Investor Relations Francis Okoniewski, will present at NobleCon17, Noble Capital Markets’ Seventeenth Annual Investor Conference, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST. The conference is virtual,… Read More

WEDA Webinar – TODAY – Houston Ship Channel Widening and Deepening Update

United States

General Webinar Overview:   The Port of Houston Authority (Port Houston) of Harris County, Texas serves as the non-federal sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel. Port Houston and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have a successful partnership in building, maintaining, and growing this waterway for more than a century, to the significant benefit of… Read More

Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute holds webinar on Strategic Asset Management for Ports

United States

ASSET MANAGEMENT TASK COMMITTEE DEC 8 2020 WEBINAR Coasts, oceans, ports and rivers Institute Tales of Success Along the Way to Strategic Asset Management Tuesday, December 8th 1:00 PM EST – 2:45 PM EST Free Webinar. Register Now! Agenda: • Introduction/Recap of Strategic Asset Management in North American Ports o Ryen Tarbet, Asset Management SME,… Read More


Port News

Port of Seattle Commission Elects Fred Felleman as President

WA, United States

The Port of Seattle Commission has elected Fred Felleman Commission President for 2021. Commissioner Ryan Calkins will serve as Commission Vice-President, with Commissioner Sam Cho serving as Commission Secretary for a second term. “I’m thankful for the confidence of my colleagues and—in particular—the leadership of Commissioner Steinbrueck.” said Fred Felleman, Commission President. “This has been… Read More

East Coast ports set record volumes in December

United States

Port officials report strong finish to 2020 despite challenging trade environment and pandemic. East Coast ports finished the year on a high note despite a challenging trade environment and the Covid-19 pandemic, port officials in Virginia and South Carolina said this week. The Port of Virginia set a record for December volume, processing more than 260,000… Read More

Port Houston annual volume approached record in 2020

TX, United States

Port Houston’s annual container activity rose in December which pushed the volume of cargo close to matching the level set in 2019 which was a record year, according to a statement released by the port. “We are proud to keep the supply chain moving and help move goods to consumers. People need the items that… Read More

S.C. ports record best December in history

SC, United States

In spite of worldwide supply chain challenges, the Port of Charleston wrapped up 2020 with its strongest December in history, S.C. Ports Authority said in a news release. The largest increase was in vehicle volumes, which were up 29.2% from last year. The total of 21,228 vehicles moved across the docks of the Columbus Street Terminal in… Read More


Product and Technical Innovation

Congress Pays for Another Icebreaker, Authorizes More

AK, United States

Congress paid for a second new heavy icebreaker among its year-end spending flurry and also helped Nome move one step closer to having a place to moor it. Inside the federal budget portion omnibus spending package that also included the second round of COVID-19 aid money and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy reform bill is $555… Read More

Bellingham Boat Manufacturer Lands New Contract to Build Research Vessel

WA, United States

A Bellingham manufacturer has landed a contract to build a research vessel for a Puerto Rico organization. All American Marine announced in a news release that it recently secured a contract to build the 73-foot vessel for Blue Tide Puerto Rico Inc. The nonprofit organization supports marine-related specialized jobs by providing technical skills training, capacity… Read More

First U.S. LNG bunkering ATB ready for operations

United States

Q-LNG Transport and Shell Trading (US) Company report that the first offshore liquified natural gas bunkering articulated tug and barge in the United States, the Q-LNG 4000 is now ready for operations. This follows successful completion of sea and gas trials (see earlier story). Designed to provide ship-to-ship transfers of LNG to vessels utilizing LNG… Read More

Halter Marine upgrades launch way for Polar Security Cutter

MS, United States

With the Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter (PSC) rapidly progressing through the detailed design phase, shipbuilder Halter Marine is actively preparing for its construction. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the PSC will be constructed. The 460-foot icebreaker is the heaviest vessel per foot of length that… Read More


Project Updates & Industry Developments

The US Has Been Quietly Preparing for a Huge Expansion in Wind Power

United States

As the cost of offshore wind power has been driven down by Europe and China, companies in the US are planning enough capacity to power millions of homes. Americans owe Europe a thank you. Two decades ago, Germany’s new renewable energy feed-in tariff stimulated the market for rooftop solar power. A decade ago, Denmark, Germany and… Read More

Coast Guard Brings Unique Authorities, Capabilities to Tri-Services Maritime Strategy, Commandant Says

United States

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard will bring a less militaristic face to the persistent global presence of U.S. naval power outlined in the new Tri-Service Maritime Strategy, the Coast Guard’s commandant says. The strategy, unveiled in mid-December, seeks an integrated, all-domain naval power consisting of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard,… Read More

Schuylkill dredge project halted as contractor says there’s too much debris in river, infuriating rowers

PA, United States

A contractor dredging the Schuylkill along Philadelphia’s iconic Boathouse Row has stopped work, claiming it needs more money to continue working after it found too much large debris such as telephone poles at the bottom. The delay has raised the ire of the Schuylkill Navy and local rowing community, which says racing lanes and other… Read More

REDI regional dredging initiative continues to build resiliency of communities along Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River

NY, United States

20 navigation channels selected as part of 3-phase dredging program included in $300 million resiliency and economic development initiative Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday today dredging has begun at Little Sodus Bay, a navigation channel in Cayuga County, used by boaters to access Lake Ontario from Little Sodus Bay. The accumulation of silt, sand and… Read More


Upcoming Projects/Contracts/Tenders

Impoundment sludge to be dug from Kalamazoo River side channel

MI, United States

KALAMAZOO, MI — The mud is coming out. Well, a small portion of it anyway. Eagle Creek Renewable Energy will begin dredging impoundment sludge from a Kalamazoo River side channel next month; an initial stab at removing mass quantities of sediment that began choking the river last year after the company drained its Morrow Lake… Read More

U.S. Army Corps Issues Final Nationwide Permits for Aquaculture

United States

On 13 January 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published its final rule (Final Rule) reissuing and modifying certain nationwide permits (NWP).1 The Final Rule modifies and reauthorizes NWP 48, Commercial Shellfish Mariculture Activities, and creates two new NWPs: NWP 55, Seaweed Mariculture Activities, and NWP 56, Finfish Mariculture Activities. Our prior alert discussed… Read More

Mount Pleasant urges Army Corps to reconsider dredge placement for Crab Bank renourishment

SC, United States

MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Council wants the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider where it will place sediment to renourish the once-pivotal shorebird sanctuary Crab Bank out of concern for Shem Creek and the potential negative economic impacts. The rookery eroded in recent years because of weather and tides. And the Corps now plans to… Read More

Governor Cuomo and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announce $30.7 Million Contract Awarded to Restore and Protect Montauk Point Lighthouse

NY, United States

Stone Revetment will be Rehabilitated to Protect Historic Long Island Landmark Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced the award of a $30.7 million contract to H&L Contracting of Bay Shore, New York, to protect the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse and associated cultural resources located on the easternmost point… Read More


USACE

U.S. Army Corps Issues Final Nationwide Permits for Aquaculture

United States

On 13 January 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published its final rule (Final Rule) reissuing and modifying certain nationwide permits (NWP).1 The Final Rule modifies and reauthorizes NWP 48, Commercial Shellfish Mariculture Activities, and creates two new NWPs: NWP 55, Seaweed Mariculture Activities, and NWP 56, Finfish Mariculture Activities. Our prior alert discussed… Read More

Mount Pleasant urges Army Corps to reconsider dredge placement for Crab Bank renourishment

SC, United States

MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Council wants the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider where it will place sediment to renourish the once-pivotal shorebird sanctuary Crab Bank out of concern for Shem Creek and the potential negative economic impacts. The rookery eroded in recent years because of weather and tides. And the Corps now plans to… Read More

Governor Cuomo and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announce $30.7 Million Contract Awarded to Restore and Protect Montauk Point Lighthouse

NY, United States

Stone Revetment will be Rehabilitated to Protect Historic Long Island Landmark Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced the award of a $30.7 million contract to H&L Contracting of Bay Shore, New York, to protect the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse and associated cultural resources located on the easternmost point… Read More

Soo Locks Closing for Seasonal Repair, Maintenance

MI, United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several projects to complete before reopening the locks in March. SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will close to marine traffic beginning 11:59 p.m. January 15 through 12:01 a.m. March 25 to perform critical maintenance. The operating season is fixed… Read More


Videos/C-Suite Interviews

USACE Video on Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments

United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its Engineer Research and Development Center are currently conducting R&D to operationalize technology that separates sand from mud while it’s being transported in the discharge pipeline of an operating hydraulic dredge. The simple placement method from the past is being evaluated not only to establish separation performance metrics,… Read More

Versatile amphibious dredge now available in North America

MI, United States

Moran Iron Works, Onaway, Mich., has partnered with Ann Arbor, Mich., based Watermaster NA to manufacture a Jones Act compliant version of the Finnish-engineered AMD 5000 amphibious dredging machine. The video embedded below gives an insight into the capabilities of the machine, which has been successful worldwide for 30 years. The first American-manufactured Jones Act… Read More