Impact of Dredging on USA Maritime Law, and Vice Versa


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Offshore wind industry shipbuilding booms; Great Lakes Dredge Moves Ahead

Offshore wind industry shipbuilding booms; Great Lakes Dredge Moves Ahead

United States

US firm Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co (GLDD) has contracted ship builder Ulstein to move onto the integration engineering phase for the Jones-compliant rock dumping vessel earmarked for the nascent American offshore wind market. The workscope includes the selection of vessel main equipment and the start of detail design prior to an order being… Read More

DeSantis: $111M infrastructure awards for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael

DeSantis: $111M infrastructure awards for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael

FL, United States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $111 million has been awarded to 22 communities through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. The program is designed to provide funding for local governments to strategically rebuild and harden infrastructure in… Read More

BOEM, Army Corps, and State of Maryland Enter Agreement for Beach Renourishment Resources

BOEM, Army Corps, and State of Maryland Enter Agreement for Beach Renourishment Resources

MD, United States

Washington, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District (Corps) and the state of Maryland Department of Natural Resources have entered into an agreement allowing the Corps to use sand from the Outer Continental Shelf for scheduled beach nourishment as part of its Atlantic Coast of… Read More

Lane Construction Company of Cheshire, Connecticut receives $257.7 million contract from US Army Corps for Kansas City Levee Work

Lane Construction Company of Cheshire, Connecticut receives $257.7 million contract from US Army Corps for Kansas City Levee Work

MO, United States

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After completing the design phase three years earlier than planned, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, has awarded the fourth and final construction contract to improve the Kansas City Levees System to the Lane Construction Company of Cheshire, Connecticut. The $257.7M construction contract, including $38.8M of future… Read More


Company & People News/Dredge Mining

Leidos completes its acquisition of Gibbs & Cox

VA, United States

Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) reports that it has completed its acquisition of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. for approximately $380 million in cash. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., Gibbs & Cox is the largest U.S. independent ship design firm focused on naval architecture and marine engineering. Leidos says the acquisition positions it to provide a broad… Read More

5 minutes with new EBDG president Robert Ekse

United States

In April, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) announced the appointment of Robert Ekse to president and a principal of the naval architecture and marine engineering company. His background includes a 30-year career in the marine industry, working for both operators and shipyards along the West Coast. To find out more about him and his maritime… Read More

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation Announces Private Offering of Senior Notes

TX, United States

HOUSTON, May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ: GLDD) (NASDAQ: GLDD), announced today that, subject to market conditions, it plans to offer $325 million aggregate principal amount of fixed-rate, unsecured senior notes in a proposed private offering that will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as… Read More

EBDG makes leadership team promotions

WA, United States

Seattle-headquartered naval architecture and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has announces changes to its executive leadership team. These changes come shortly after the appointment of Robert Ekse to president and, says EBDG, reflect the new vision and long-term goals for the firm. John Reeves, PE, PMP has been promoted to principal in… Read More


Events & Conferences

WEDA Fellowship Position

CA, United States

The Western Dredging Association is pleased to introduce the new WEDA Fellows program.  Effective September 1, 2021, the program will provide an incentive for students to contribute to the advancement of the dredging profession through significant and sustained contribution to the dredging discipline via excellence in dredging education, innovation in practice or education, demonstrated meritorious… Read More

Biden climate summit: Shipping seeks support for carbon pricing

United States

Ahead of the Leaders’ Summit on Climate convened by President Biden, shipping bodies are pushing to make mandatory market-based measures (MBMs) part of the solution to shipping decarbonization. In a joint submission to the United Nations, BIMCO, CLIA, the International Chamber of Shipping, and the World Shipping Council are asking member states of the International… Read More

ABB Marine hosts panel on maritime decarbonization

United States

ABB Marine & Ports gathered maritime industry leaders to discuss how shipping is to reach decarbonization targets. Focus turned to diversity rather than uniformity of solutions, and flexibility in vessel design to ensure adaptability as suitable solutions emerge. Moderator Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media, started off by challenging… Read More

Submit mentee applications by May 15th for WEDA Mentorship Program

United States

The Western Dredging Association is pleased to announce that we have selected mentors for the 1st phase of our mentorship program. We would like all prospective mentees to submit their applications by May 15, 2021. This is a private program that is only available to WEDA members. If you are uncertain as to the status… Read More


Maritime hires and promotions

EBDG makes leadership team promotions

WA, United States

Seattle-headquartered naval architecture and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has announces changes to its executive leadership team. These changes come shortly after the appointment of Robert Ekse to president and, says EBDG, reflect the new vision and long-term goals for the firm. John Reeves, PE, PMP has been promoted to principal in… Read More

Inland Marine Service Appoints Capt. Ed Henleben as New Vice President of Operations

United States

Inland Marine Service is pleased to announce its recent hire of Capt. Ed Henleben, who will join the IMS team as Vice President of Operations. The announcement was made today by Cathy Hammond, CEO of Inland Marine Service. Capt. Henleben will be based out of the St. Louis office, where he will have primary responsibility… Read More

Aucoin Appointed To World Trade Center Board

LA, United States

Paul Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana, is one of four newly appointed members of the World Trade Center of New Orleans’ board of directors. The three other new board members are Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc.; Heather Hohensee, Tellurian Inc.’s government and public affairs director; and… Read More

Lance C. Lemcool Joins Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

FL, United States

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) is pleased to announce that Lance C. Lemcool has accepted the position as Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “Lance is a welcome addition to the ESG leadership team”, said Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding. “He is versed in nearly all areas of shipbuilding and his experience will… Read More


Port News

Trailer Bridge signs first long-term agreement with Puerto Rico Ports Authority

United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Trailer Bridge Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, FL., announced today it has signed a 20-year lease agreement with Puerto Rico Ports Authority for the Army Terminal. This is the company’s first long-term agreement with the port since its inception, signaling Trailer Bridge’s continued commitment to providing weekly sailings to support… Read More

Top 30 U.S. Ports: Big ports got bigger in 2020

United States

The U.S. container seaport sector endured a series of disruptions caused by the pandemic, but still ended up handling more containers than ever. Meanwhile, the temporary blockage of the Suez Canal complicated an ongoing congestion crisis. The rapid re-emergence of China from initial lockdowns combined with a surge in consumer durables demand and transport of… Read More

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Bolster Resiliency of U.S. Ports

United States

On May 7, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) introduced legislation to help ensure U.S. ports are resilient to extreme weather events, including sea-level rise and flooding. The… Read More

Plaquemines Port project finds a powerful potential partner

LA, United States

Plaquemines Port has reached an agreement to work together with the Maersk Group’s port operations unit, APM Terminals, to discuss the future design of the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (PPHTD). The agreement includes the consideration of APM Terminals as the future terminal operator. The facility is in the early stages of development as… Read More


Product and Technical Innovation

The Art And Science Of Dredging Water Treatment

Rockford , MI, United States

A Summary of a WEDA Presentation Prepared Exclusively for DredgeWire By Amber Wilson and Scott Ponstein Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc., or IAI, has provided dredged material processing and water treatment services for environmental dredging projects since 2002, utilizing the principles of sanitary wastewater treatment and residuals management. IAI is an active member of the Western Dredging… Read More

Golding Barge takes delivery of second triple-screw towboat

MS, United States

Now in service with Golding Barge Line Inc., of Vicksburg, Miss., the M/V Rusty Moore is the second of two 94-foot, triple-screw towboats built for the company by Master Boat Builders of Coden, Ala. Delivered in August, it is named for Rusty Moore, a long-time veteran of the family-owned company, who started his inland waterways… Read More

ZEI’s hydrogen-powered craft project gets $2 million grant

CA, United States

The California Energy Commission has awarded Zero Emissions Industries a $2 million grant to design, build and test a first-of-its-kind hydrogen fuel cell powered small, fast harbor craft. Formerly known as Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, ZEI is a Bay area startup, that is led by CEO Dr. Joseph Pratt, focused on hydrogen technology. To… Read More

DSC Dredge introduces new design Moray Class Swinging Ladder Dredge with Tier 4 Engine

LA, United States

DSC Dredge introduces its newly improved Moray Class Dredge – New Patented Apparatus and Tier 4 Engine Design. RESERVE, LOUISIANA For over twenty (20) years, DSC Dredge’s Moray Class dredge design has remained the same with only minor enhancements made within the last decade.  Uniquely offering a swinging ladder configuration along with an efficient submerged… Read More


Project Updates & Industry Developments

Hoboken breaks ground on $230 million climate change resiliency project

NJ, United States

Nine years ago, Superstorm Sandy left the city of Hoboken under water. Hurricane-force winds and a 14-foot storm surge submerged roughly 80% of the bowl-shaped city, causing an estimated $100 million worth of damage. Now, the city is breaking ground on a multimillion-dollar resiliency project aimed at preparing for the next storm. “We know that,… Read More

Advisory Council: Dredging needed to prevent Silver Lake from becoming a marsh

WA, United States

CASTLE ROCK — Silver Lake, a popular bass fishing spot, is on track to become unsuitable for any fish populations of recreational or economic value, according to the Silver Lake Watershed Advisory Council. “Put simply, the lake is dying,” said Silver Lake resident and Advisory Council member Del Gilkerson during a presentation to Cowlitz County… Read More

Offshore wind industry shipbuilding booms; Great Lakes Dredge Moves Ahead

United States

US firm Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co (GLDD) has contracted ship builder Ulstein to move onto the integration engineering phase for the Jones-compliant rock dumping vessel earmarked for the nascent American offshore wind market. The workscope includes the selection of vessel main equipment and the start of detail design prior to an order being… Read More

Impact of Dredging on USA Maritime Law, and Vice Versa

United States

In 1875, the General Moultrie was the first suction dredge built in the United States and was used in the Charleston River — until it sank within a year. During the same era, the city of Houston and other port towns formed companies like the Buffalo Bayou Ship Channel Company to build special-purpose vessels to… Read More


Upcoming Projects/Contracts/Tenders

MDOT to rebuild M-185 on Mackinac Island; work starting Monday

MI, United States

MACKINAC ISLAND– The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing about $6 million to rebuild M-185 on Mackinac Island, addressing high-water and wave erosion damage on the shoreline. Roughly 4 miles of the highway around the island — the only state highway in Michigan that does not regularly allow automobile traffic — sustained ongoing damage that… Read More

Eastern Shipbuilding gets OPC program contract mods

FL, United States

In an action valued at $356.5 million, the Coast Guard last month modified its contract with Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), giving the Panama City, Fla., shipyard the go ahead to begin construction of the third offshore patrol cutter (OPC) and to acquire long lead-time material (LLTM) for the fourth OPC. Contract delivery of the third… Read More

Retirement of Transatlantic Deputy Commander

VA, United States

WINCHESTER, Va. – U.S. Army Col. Stephen H. Bales, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division deputy commander, was honored with a retirement ceremony at the Division’s headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, April 30, 2021. Bales, who first joined the Transatlantic Division team in 2012, retired from the U.S. Army after 34 years of service to… Read More

The Corps Environment – May 2021 issue now available

United States

The May 2021 edition of The Corps Environment is now available! Read the latest issue: https://media-cdn.dvidshub.net/pubs/pdf_57997.pdf. This edition highlights protecting and preserving the environment, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #4. Content includes commentary from Col. Alicia Masson, Commander of U.S. Army Environmental Command, and highlights initiatives across the Army environmental community. Content includes: U.S. Army announces… Read More


USACE

Retirement of Transatlantic Deputy Commander

VA, United States

WINCHESTER, Va. – U.S. Army Col. Stephen H. Bales, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division deputy commander, was honored with a retirement ceremony at the Division’s headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, April 30, 2021. Bales, who first joined the Transatlantic Division team in 2012, retired from the U.S. Army after 34 years of service to… Read More

The Corps Environment – May 2021 issue now available

United States

The May 2021 edition of The Corps Environment is now available! Read the latest issue: https://media-cdn.dvidshub.net/pubs/pdf_57997.pdf. This edition highlights protecting and preserving the environment, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #4. Content includes commentary from Col. Alicia Masson, Commander of U.S. Army Environmental Command, and highlights initiatives across the Army environmental community. Content includes: U.S. Army announces… Read More

Reflections on Earth Day 2021: Preparing for Future Needs

United States

Excerpts from “Reflections on Earth Day 2021: Preparing for Future Needs,” a third in a series of messages from the US Army Corps of Engineers commemorating Earth Day and USACE’s enduring environmental mission. – Written by Mr. Eric Bush, Acting Planning and Policy Division Chief, USACE Headquarters.  On behalf of the USACE Planning and Policy… Read More

USACE division, 6 districts & 24 hydropower plants help stabilize regional power grid during 2021 Polar Vortex

TX, United States

As we move safely from April shower time, and look toward the recreation season, and of course May flowers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Southwestern Division still has its eye on the aftereffects of the February 2021 North American Winter Storm. The extreme weather event caused by the southern migration of a polar vortex,… Read More


Videos/C-Suite Interviews

TV program features JF Brennan work on lock project

WI, United States

Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they see carpenters’ roles in the future of our waterways and discover some awesome benefits offered by various unions. Source

5 min video on the role of Great Lakes shipping and maritime in the US steel supply chain

United States

There is no one hero in the story of the Great Lakes. The economic prosperity of the region is due to the efficient and symbiotic connection of The Saint Lawrence Seaway, Great Lakes ports, foreign and domestic vessels, manufacturers, companies, the employees that work there, and their relationship to their local communities. This supply chain… Read More

Dare County NC Releases Video on New Hopper Dredge: $15mm contract with EJE Dredging to be delivered by Conrad Shipyard in April 2022

NC, United States

Dare County has released a video highlighting a brand-new shallow-draft hopper dredge that is currently under construction in Louisiana and slated to arrive on the Outer Banks next spring. The video, which is titled, “The New Dredge — ‘Miss Katie’ — Arriving April 2022,” debuted at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting that took… Read More

500 people attend Great Lakes Commission mtg/ video recording

IL, United States

The 2021 Great Lakes Day Congressional Reception, an annual event sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, was held online on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The event featured remarks on Great Lakes priorities by the chairs of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force and other regional leaders. More than 500 people registered for the… Read More

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