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A Ticking Clock: Louisiana’s primary source of coastal funding runs dry in coming years

A Ticking Clock: Louisiana’s primary source of coastal funding runs dry in coming years

LA, United States

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Spring and summer bring a population explosion to Louisiana’s Queen Bess Island. Several years ago, a $20 million project rebuilt the island, increasing its size from roughly five to 37 acres. “It was a pretty desperate situation,” said Todd Baker, Project Manager for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. “These… Read More

Recipients announced for prestigious Army Engineer awards to be presented at annual Castle Ball

Recipients announced for prestigious Army Engineer awards to be presented at annual Castle Ball

United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will recognize multiple individuals for their contributions to the organization and Engineer Regiment at the annual Engineer Castle Ball on Fri., Aug. 9, 2024. The ball is hosted by the Army Engineer Association (AEA) and provides an opportunity for the Chief of Engineers to formally recognize the latest… Read More

US Navy exonerates 256 Black sailors-the “Port Chicago 50”-unjustly punished over WWII explosion

US Navy exonerates 256 Black sailors-the “Port Chicago 50”-unjustly punished over WWII explosion

IL, United States

The U.S. Navy has exonerated 256 Black sailors who refused to go back to work after an explosion that killed hundreds of people in 1944, the military service announced Wednesday. The blast that happened at the Port Chicago naval weapons station in California killed 320 people and injured 400 more. Mostly Black personnel and white officers… Read More

Conrad Shipyard Receives National Shipbuilders Annual Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety Awards

Conrad Shipyard Receives National Shipbuilders Annual Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety Awards

United States

Conrad Shipyard is proud of the steadfast dedication to a goal of zero incidents that cause harm to our people or the environment. Our team of shipbuilders truly believe that we can achieve an environment free of incidents that injure people or harm the environment and our actions are in relentless pursuit of this goal everyday. We… Read More


Company & People News | Dredge Mining

Arcadis and Evocra continue to advance ozone foam fractionation treatment technology for PFAS removal

CO, United States

Highlands Ranch, CO, July 18, 2024 – Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy organization for natural and built assets, today announced it will utilize Ovivo, a global provider of water and wastewater treatment equipment, technologies, and systems, to manufacture full-scale innovative per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) treatment technology using ozone fractionation, patented by Evocra, in… Read More

DredgeWire Exclusive: Boston Hedge Fund Takes 5+% Stake in Orion

TX, United States

Portolan Capital Management, LLC has acquired a significant equity interest, 5.5%, in Orion Group Holdings by buying over 1.8 million shares according to a SEC filing. According to its web site, “Portolan Capital Management, LLC is a Boston-based SEC registered investment adviser focused on small- and mid-cap equity investing. Founded in 2004 by George McCabe,… Read More

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Welcomes New Commander

NY, United States

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lt. Col. Robert Burnham, a Beaufort, South Carolina native and a veteran of the Afghanistan war, assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District on July 18. Burnham will lead the district’s more than 300 team members, responsible for projects in 16 commercial and 19 recreational Great Lakes harbors,… Read More

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District Welcomes 39th District Commander

United States

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Lt. Col. Matthew T. Miller assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District from Lt. Col. Jerre V. Hansbrough during a formal change of command ceremony today at the Balloon Fiesta Park Golf & Event Center. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the district serves more than 200,000 square miles of the… Read More


Events & Conferences

Detroit District accepting entries for annual photo contest

MI, United States

The Detroit District invites the public to enter its 9th annual photo contest highlighting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites across the Great Lakes. The top 12 photographs highlighting Detroit District projects on the Great Lakes such as the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal, piers, breakwaters or federal harbors and channels will earn a spot in the 2025 downloadable calendar. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 31,… Read More

CPRA Board Meeting Reminder Wed July 17

LA, United States

Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority Board Meeting Wednesday, July 17, 2024 9:30 AM Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 1 900 N. Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 View Livestream Here AGENDA I. Call to Order- Pledge of Allegiance II. Roll Call III. Approval of Agenda IV. Approval of Minutes V. Old Business/Announcements VI. CPRA… Read More

GLDD’s George T. Strawn Awarded the Dredger on Deck Award at 2024 WEDA Dredging Conference

TX, United States

We are truly excited to announce that our George T. Strawn, known to everyone as Bubba, was awarded the Dredger on Deck Award at the recent 2024 Weda Dredging Summit & Expo. Congratulations Bubba on receiving this well-deserved and prestigious award! We are all very proud of you and appreciate all you have done for… Read More

The Eastern Chapter Board of WEDA Invites Submissions of an Abstract for Technical Papers at our Fall 2024 Conference

MD, United States

Eastern Chapter The Eastern Chapter of WEDA represents Bermuda, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (East Coast) Georgia (Eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Virgin Islands and Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada. 2024 WEDA Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting … Read More


Maritime hires and promotions

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Welcomes New Commander

NY, United States

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lt. Col. Robert Burnham, a Beaufort, South Carolina native and a veteran of the Afghanistan war, assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District on July 18. Burnham will lead the district’s more than 300 team members, responsible for projects in 16 commercial and 19 recreational Great Lakes harbors,… Read More

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District Welcomes 39th District Commander

United States

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Lt. Col. Matthew T. Miller assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District from Lt. Col. Jerre V. Hansbrough during a formal change of command ceremony today at the Balloon Fiesta Park Golf & Event Center. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the district serves more than 200,000 square miles of the… Read More

Liberian Registry Appoints Giorgio De Sciora as Vice President of Regulations and Standards, Maritime Operations

VA, United States

We are proud to welcome our new Vice President of Regulations and Standards, Maritime Operations, Capt. Giorgio De Sciora to the team! With over 30 years of industry experience and expertise, Giorgio will be instrumental in leading the expansion of Liberia’s Passenger Ship program, by strengthening the relations with our clients, navigating the Registry through… Read More

Crowley Promotes Walter Tague to Vice President of Sales and Supply for its Fuels Business

FL, United States

Crowley has named Walter Tague as vice president of sales and supply for its Crowley Fuels businesses unit, which services energy logistics needs throughout Alaska. With more than 30 years of maritime industry experience specializing in supply chain management and support in the oil and gas sectors, Tague will oversee Crowley’s marketing, sales, customer relations… Read More


Offshore Wind Power News

Vineyard Wind 1 halts operations after blade breaks, scatters debris along Nantucket

MA, United States

On Thursday morning, a “significant part of the remaining GE Vernova blade detached from the turbine,” Vineyard Wind said in a release. Dive Brief: After a Vineyard Wind turbine blade suffered damage on Saturday, scattering fiberglass debris in the ocean, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a suspension order that halted construction and… Read More

Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction of NY Largest Offshore Wind Project

NY, United States

924-Megawatt Sunrise Wind to Power Approximately 600,000 Homes Once Completed in 2026 New York’s Fifth Offshore Wind Solicitation Now Open with Proposals Due September 9 Governor Hochul today announced the start of construction on New York’s largest offshore wind project, Sunrise Wind, a 924-megawatt project developed by Ørsted. Once completed, the project will provide enough… Read More

As North Carolina gears up for offshore wind energy, Virginia provides some pointers

NC, United States

A tour boat carrying engineers, regulators, and reporters cut through choppy water 15 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and a group representing a network of economic development organizations chartered the boat to give the North Carolina crowd a close-up view of wind energy. North Carolina has a… Read More

California approves new blueprint for offshore wind. The massive projects will cost billions

CA, United States

The California Energy Commission last week unanimously approved a sweeping plan to develop a massive floating offshore wind industry in ocean waters — a first-of-its-kind undertaking that will require billions in public and private investments and could transform parts of the coast. The new state plan sets the path for harnessing wind power from hundreds… Read More


Port News

Port Houston receives approval to handle refrigerated cargo

TX, United States

Port Houston has received approval from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to handle cold treatment cargo. The approval enables Port Houston to receive and manage shipments that complete the prescribed cold treatment process while in transit on the water, significantly enhancing the port’s operational capabilities and service… Read More

Global IT Outage Disrupts Air Cargo Supply Chain, Major Ports

World ,

A global IT outage caused by a glitch in Microsoft’s cloud computing services grounded thousands of flights worldwide Friday morning, disrupting the flow of air cargo and potentially throwing a wrench in freight movement across sea and land. The “big three” domestic airlines—American Airlines, Delta and United—paused their global flight schedules for multiple hours, while cargo handling operations at… Read More

These 10 Ports Off To Slowest Start In 2024, One No Surprise

United States

You might have guessed the Port of Baltimore is off to the worst start this year among the nation’s leading airports, seaports and border crossings. A container ship hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge at the port entrance in April, causing the center span to collapse and all but eliminating trade until early June. But… Read More

Sparrows Point Container Terminal To Generate Over 8,000 Jobs, Add Over $1.5 Billion To Maryland’s GDP

MD, United States

BALTIMORE, MD – Tradepoint Atlantic (TPA) and Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) today announced the release of an economic impact study conducted by Infrata that finds that Sparrows Point Container Terminal (SPCT) will have a significant, generational impact on the State of Maryland. By 2035, SPCT is projected to add an additional $1.54 billion annually in benefits… Read More


Project Updates & Industry Developments

Carlsbad lagoon dredging postponed for one year

CA, United States

Railroad bridge construction, increasing costs blamed for delay of project that would place sand on South Ponto Beach Plans to dredge the Batiquitos Lagoon and spread the sand on Carlsbad’s rocky South Ponto Beach have been delayed for one year, a state official said. Instead of starting this fall as previously planned, the work will… Read More

Dredging Underway at Honolulu Harbor

HI, United States

Maintenance dredging is currently underway at the Honolulu Harbor, located on the southern coast of the island of O‘ahu, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District. This is the third maintenance dredging project that the Corps has undertaken this year in Hawai‘i. Honolulu Harbor is the principal seaport of the State of Hawai‘i…. Read More

Jacksonville District begins dredging Saint Lucie Inlet after brief delay

FL, United States

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The project was awarded March 15 in the amount of $9,295,100 to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC. It8 calls for the dredging the St. Lucie Inlet entrance channel and impoundment basin to required depths of 10 to16 feet with an allowable over depth of 2 feet. The dredging was set… Read More

Water Resources Development Act of 2024 Clears U.S. House 359 to 13!

United States

Last evening, the Water Resources Development Act of 2024 (WRDA), H.R. 8812, was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 359 to 13. The Dredging Contractors of America applauds this overwhelming bipartisan passage of WRDA 2024 in the U.S. House. It is an outstanding accomplishment and a win for the United States… Read More


Sand & Gravel News

Frac Sand Market Touching New Development Level

World ,

The latest study released on the Global Frac Sand Market by HTF MI Research evaluates market size, trend, and forecast to 2030. The Frac Sand market study covers significant research data and proofs to be a handy resource document for managers, analysts, industry experts and other key people to have ready-to-access and self-analysed study to… Read More

Coastal Restoration: Saving Sand

World ,

Increasing demand for this seemingly abundant and common material harms human and natural communities — and fuels a lucrative and dangerous illegal industry. Coastal ecosystems — including oyster reefs, sandy beaches, mangrove forests and seagrass beds — provide important habitat for marine life and food and recreation for people. They also protect shorelines from waves and storms…. Read More

Heidelberg Materials Further Strengthens U.S. Footprint with Acquisitions in Texas and Pennsylvania

TX, United States

Heidelberg Materials North America announced today that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Highway Materials, Inc., one of the largest independent aggregates and asphalt producers in the Greater Philadelphia market. Included with this acquisition are four crushed stone quarries, nine hot-mix asphalt plants, two clean fill operations, a concrete recycling facility,… Read More

Cemex partners with Couch Aggregates, Premier Holdings

United States

Cemex established a joint-venture agreement with Couch Aggregates, a sand and gravel supplier, and Premier Holdings, a marine bulk product distributor. Cemex says the agreement is part of its strategy to accelerate growth in the U.S. and expand its aggregate business. According to Cemex, the joint venture will strengthen its aggregate reserves with the production, distribution and… Read More


Shipbuilding | Marine Products | Technology

Cooper Marine Adds the M/V David J. Cooper Jr. to its Fleet

AL, United States

MOBILE, ALABAMA — Cooper Marine is pleased to announce the addition of the 4,200 HP towing vessel M/V David J. Cooper Jr. to its fleet. The acquisition of this towboat will expand Cooper Marine’s fleet to 42 towing vessels across America’s inland waterway system. The M/V David J. Cooper Jr. will operate as one of… Read More

ABS and KRISO partner to advance SMR-powered vessels

World ,

KRISO will also design a floating SMR power generation platform, a nuclear power plant on the sea, along with a commercialisation model that can supply stable power to island areas in the future. Classification society ABS on Friday (19 July) said it has teamed up with the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering… Read More

Conrad Shipyard Receives National Shipbuilders Annual Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety Awards

United States

Conrad Shipyard is proud of the steadfast dedication to a goal of zero incidents that cause harm to our people or the environment. Our team of shipbuilders truly believe that we can achieve an environment free of incidents that injure people or harm the environment and our actions are in relentless pursuit of this goal everyday. We… Read More

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Awarded Contract To Construct Four Escort Tugs For Saltchuk

FL, United States

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a contract to construct four new escort tugs for Saltchuk Marine. The vessels will be built at ESG’s Allanton and Port St. Joe facilities, with delivery expected in 2026. “We are pleased to partner with Saltchuk Marine on this significant fleet renewal… Read More


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LA. U.S. Rep Graves Announces $600 million in funding for Projects in Louisiana, with $210 million for Dredging Section of Mississippi River

LA, United States

South Louisiana U.S. Rep. Garret Graves announced several projects that received funding to address dredging, levee, flood protection and infrastructure. According to a news release, the list includes nearly $600 million in investment in Louisiana water resources. Per the announcement, the work plan is the regular release of how the Army Corps will be funding… Read More


Upcoming Projects | Contracts | Tenders

USACE to hold Community meeting on Río Culebrinas Flood Risk Management Project

Puerto Rico

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Task Force Virgin Islands Puerto Rico (TF VIPR) and the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) invite residents of the municipalities of Aguada and Aguadilla to participate in a community meeting this coming Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Aguada at the basketball court across from… Read More

Dredging Underway at Honolulu Harbor

HI, United States

Maintenance dredging is currently underway at the Honolulu Harbor, located on the southern coast of the island of O‘ahu, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District. This is the third maintenance dredging project that the Corps has undertaken this year in Hawai‘i. Honolulu Harbor is the principal seaport of the State of Hawai‘i…. Read More

Jacksonville District begins dredging Saint Lucie Inlet after brief delay

FL, United States

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The project was awarded March 15 in the amount of $9,295,100 to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC. It8 calls for the dredging the St. Lucie Inlet entrance channel and impoundment basin to required depths of 10 to16 feet with an allowable over depth of 2 feet. The dredging was set… Read More

Detroit District accepting entries for annual photo contest

MI, United States

The Detroit District invites the public to enter its 9th annual photo contest highlighting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites across the Great Lakes. The top 12 photographs highlighting Detroit District projects on the Great Lakes such as the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal, piers, breakwaters or federal harbors and channels will earn a spot in the 2025 downloadable calendar. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 31,… Read More


USACE

USACE to hold Community meeting on Río Culebrinas Flood Risk Management Project

Puerto Rico

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Task Force Virgin Islands Puerto Rico (TF VIPR) and the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) invite residents of the municipalities of Aguada and Aguadilla to participate in a community meeting this coming Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Aguada at the basketball court across from… Read More

Dredging Underway at Honolulu Harbor

HI, United States

Maintenance dredging is currently underway at the Honolulu Harbor, located on the southern coast of the island of O‘ahu, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District. This is the third maintenance dredging project that the Corps has undertaken this year in Hawai‘i. Honolulu Harbor is the principal seaport of the State of Hawai‘i…. Read More

Jacksonville District begins dredging Saint Lucie Inlet after brief delay

FL, United States

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The project was awarded March 15 in the amount of $9,295,100 to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC. It8 calls for the dredging the St. Lucie Inlet entrance channel and impoundment basin to required depths of 10 to16 feet with an allowable over depth of 2 feet. The dredging was set… Read More

Detroit District accepting entries for annual photo contest

MI, United States

The Detroit District invites the public to enter its 9th annual photo contest highlighting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites across the Great Lakes. The top 12 photographs highlighting Detroit District projects on the Great Lakes such as the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal, piers, breakwaters or federal harbors and channels will earn a spot in the 2025 downloadable calendar. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 31,… Read More


Videos | C-Suite Interviews

DredgeWire Exclusive: DredgeWire Interviews Jonathan White, Product Manager for Trimble Civil Construction Field Solutions

CO, United States

By Heiko Osterchrist-Associate Publisher Trimble is a global, industrial technology company who supports the building & construction, marine, agriculture, natural resources, utilities, transportation, and many other sectors. DW: Jonathan tell our readers a little bit about your background and how you came to be at Trimble. JW: I got involved in the LiDAR (Light Detection… Read More

LONG ISLAND Ferry Launch – Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

FL, United States

We’re pleased to share the launch and christening of The Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company ferry LONG ISLAND with you. This is the 16th vessel we have built for our long-time customer, McAllister Towing. Watch here:

LA. U.S. Rep Graves Announces $600 million in funding for Projects in Louisiana, with $210 million for Dredging Section of Mississippi River

LA, United States

South Louisiana U.S. Rep. Garret Graves announced several projects that received funding to address dredging, levee, flood protection and infrastructure. According to a news release, the list includes nearly $600 million in investment in Louisiana water resources. Per the announcement, the work plan is the regular release of how the Army Corps will be funding… Read More

Offshore Maritime Labor—GO Marine Services’ Jody Broussard ​on How Outsourcing Can Mitigate Risk

NY, United States

GO Marine Services Managing Director Jody Broussard talks with recruiter Heather Mequet about how using a third-party contractor recruitment firm for supplemental  staffing and direct hire placement can help mitigate maritime risks. Jody Broussard stands out as a visionary leader in the realms of operational management, strategic planning, and human resources, bringing over twenty years… Read More

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