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Porcari outlines Biden Administration’s initiatives to reduce port congestion

Porcari outlines Biden Administration’s initiatives to reduce port congestion

United States

John Porcari, the Biden-Harris Administration’s Port Envoy, warned that long-standing shortfalls in U.S. infrastructure spending going back generations have created a reliance on an infrastructure “that our grandparents built.” Porcari told an International Propeller Club of the United States audience via Zoom that a series of measures including $17 Billion in infrastructure bill funds for… Read More

Cape St. Clair, Md. Uses Dredged Material to Restore Beach & Protect Residences

Cape St. Clair, Md. Uses Dredged Material to Restore Beach & Protect Residences

MD, United States

By Kimberly Kweder Cape St. Claire is forging ahead this month on two long-awaited projects to help alleviate beach erosion, stop water from pooling in streets, and provide habitat for wildlife.  “We’re interested in restoring our beaches, creating a living shoreline, and improving the watershed,” said Beau Breeden, Beaches and Parks Chair for Cape St…. Read More

USACE highlights restoration momentum at Everglades Coalition Conference

USACE highlights restoration momentum at Everglades Coalition Conference

United States

For the past two years, the word being used to describe Everglades restoration has been a very positive one – momentum. When the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was approved in 2000, it and other Everglades restoration foundation projects encompassed one of the largest and most complex human engineering projects ever, and the early days were… Read More

In Ultimatum, US Army Corps Tells Flagler It May Lose $17 Million for Now If Dunes Impasse Isn’t Resolved

In Ultimatum, US Army Corps Tells Flagler It May Lose $17 Million for Now If Dunes Impasse Isn’t Resolved

FL, United States

Flagler County is again at risk of losing $17.5 million in federal funds earmarked for a 2.6-mile dunes restoration project in Flagler Beach if the county doesn’t show by early February that it has either acquired three remaining holdouts’ easements or that it will take the owners to court to acquire the easements. It is… Read More


Company & People News/Dredge Mining

Q&A: 10 Minutes with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

WI, United States

In a ceremony held December 3, 2021, 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, which is also our Vessel of the Month in this issue (see page 10), is the largest ATB bunkering barge thus far built in… Read More

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLD & D) : The infallible dredging legends

TX, United States

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC is America’s largest provider of dredging and construction related services. Though most of their operations are in the American mainland, GLD&D as it is shortly called, operates overseas as well. With a diverse dredging fleet of numerous specialized vessels, they offer cutting edge solutions for modern day problems… Read More

Teekay LNG to become Seapeak

NY, United States

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) today reports that its previously announced acquisition by investment vehicles managed by New York City headquartered Stonepeak has completed. With the $6.2 billion deal done, the partnership will rebrand as Seapeak. It intends to convert to a limited liability company during the first quarter of 2022 and says it… Read More

Equinor and BP sign milestone New York offshore wind agreements

NY, United States

Setting the stage for the start of investments in key port and infrastructure developments, Equinor and BP have finalized Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSAs) with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), for the Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 offshore wind projects. The milestone agreement was announced at an event… Read More


Events & Conferences

WEDA’s next webinar Human Capital: Dredging for Talent is Jan. 20 at 1 PM EST

United States

On Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 1 PM EST, join us for WEDA’s next webinar on Human Capital titled “Dredging for Talent“.    When: Thursday, January 20, 2022 Time: 1 PM EST Add event to calendar       General Webinar Overview:   Dredging for Talent This webinar will take a look at acquiring talent in the Dredging industry. … Read More

2022 WEDA Safety Excellence Awards

TX, United States

The WEDA Safety Commission invites you to submit nominations for the annual 2022 Safety Excellence Awards. The awards will recognize individual organizations or project teams for outstanding contributions to meeting the goals of WEDA and for exceptional safety performance that exhibits a proactive approach to raising safety awareness in the dredging workplace. One award will… Read More

Great Lakes Dredging Team to offer webinar Feb 9 on best practices for managing turbidity during aquatic placement of dredged material

IL, United States

Great Lakes Dredging Team and Interested Parties, Please join us Feb. 9, 2022 for an informational webinar covering best management practices for addressing turbidity during aquatic placement of dredged material.  We have several excellent speakers from multiple different agencies lined up to discuss this topic.  In addition, to hearing from the speakers, there will be… Read More

Port of Seattle Presents Annual State of the Port Event

WA, United States

The Port of Seattle presented virtually its annual State of the Port that featured highlights from 2021 that included putting health and safety first; supporting our region’s economy by helping to save jobs; caring for our most vulnerable communities and businesses; confronting systemic racism and inequity; and leading an equitable recovery across our region. Together,… Read More


Maritime hires and promotions

DSC Dredge expands its Information Technology team by welcoming Mitchell Duplantis

LA, United States

RESERVE, LOUISIANA – On October 26th 2021 – DSC Dredge welcomed Mitchell Duplantis as the newest member of their Information Technology team. As a former IT support analyst and helpdesk specialist, Duplantis brings experience in applying technical and problem-solving skills to improve both team and organizational performance and the ability to leverage existing technology with… Read More

Blue Guard Innovations Appoints New Product Manager, David Divjak

CO, United States

Global Innovator in Boat Monitoring and Control Technology Welcomes New Talent BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Jan. 13, 2022 – Blue Guard Innovations (BGI), the industry leader and innovator of smart boat monitoring and control technology,  recently announced that David Divjak joined the company as Product Manager. In this role, he will be responsible for existing and… Read More

Ingram Marine announces leadership change

TN, United States

Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered Ingram Marine Group reports that its chief operating officer John Roberts, will become president and CEO on February 1. He will succeed David O’Loughlin, who is to retire but will stay with the company as vice chair for the remainder of 2022 to assist with the transition. “Dave has been invaluable to our… Read More

Lisa Wooninck named superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

CA, United States

MONTEREY — NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lisa Wooninck as superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to a news release from the sanctuary. Wooninck, 60, has been with NOAA for 20 years, starting as a research fishery biologist at NOAA Fisheries headquarters and the Santa Cruz… Read More


Port News

Wilmington port’s effort to be competitive may come at the wrong cost

NC, United States

WILMINGTON — The Port of Wilmington can handle the largest container ships that call on the East Coast, but only if those ships aren’t full. That’s because the shipping channel in the Cape Fear River is not deep enough. The channel, which runs 26 miles from the docks to the ocean, is 42 feet deep… Read More

Port of Boston welcomes its biggest container ship ever

MA, United States

BOSTON (AP) — The largest container ship ever to call on the Port of Boston arrived Sunday following an $850 million project to make way for larger vessels. Port officials hailed the arrival of the Ever Fortune as the beginning a “new chapter” for Boston as it works to keep up with a growing number… Read More

Porcari outlines Biden Administration’s initiatives to reduce port congestion

United States

John Porcari, the Biden-Harris Administration’s Port Envoy, warned that long-standing shortfalls in U.S. infrastructure spending going back generations have created a reliance on an infrastructure “that our grandparents built.” Porcari told an International Propeller Club of the United States audience via Zoom that a series of measures including $17 Billion in infrastructure bill funds for… Read More

The US is spending billions of dollars deepening port harbors to make room for ‘mega’ container ships that are only getting bigger

United States

Container ships more than doubled in size over the past decade to keep up with global trade. To make room for the ‘mega’ ships, Congress has allocated billions of dollars to deepen US ports. The Ever Ace, the world’s largest cargo ship, is as long as four football fields and can carry over 23,000 containers…. Read More


Product and Technical Innovation

WasteFuel launches bio-methanol marine fuel solution

CA, United States

California-based biofuels start-up WasteFuel has launched WasteFuel Marine, a renewable fuel solution for the shipping sector. Perhaps not surprisingly, given that Maersk is an investor in the company, WasteFuel Marine’s initial product will be bio-methanol for containerships. WasteFuel aims for its marine fuels to reduce CO2 emissions by 95% and nitrogen oxide emissions by up… Read More

Philly Shipyard to build the first Jones Act Subsea Rock Installation Vessel for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

PA, United States

A Jones Act-compliant Subsea Rock Installation Vessel, the first such ship to enter the U.S. market, is to be built to ABS Class by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) for the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC (GLDD), according to ABS’s release. The vessel will transport and strategically deposit loads of up to 20,000 MT… Read More

Weeks Marine takes delivery of 78′ modified lugger tug

LA, United States

Coden, Ala.-based Rodriguez Shipbuilding finished in January a new 78’x30’x11’6″ lugger tug for Weeks Marine, Houma, La. The James K was designed by the shipyard, the owner, and MINO Marine, New Orleans. With a 10’6″ draft and ½” steel bottom and side shell plate, the new triple-screw tug is powered by three Cummins QSK-19 MRCS… Read More

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Begins Construction of Largest U.S.-built LNG Barge

FL, United States

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding started construction on the largest LNG (liquefied natural gas) bunkering barge ever built in the United States. Bay Shipbuilding is expected to complete construction on the barge in late 2023 under contract with Crowley, the largest independent operator of tank vessels in the U.S. Crowley will operate the vessel under a long-term… Read More


Project Updates & Industry Developments

BOEM seeks public comment on Gulf of Mexico, Coastal California offshore wind proposals

United States

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of permitting 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the release of its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the potential impacts from future commercial leasing and related site characterization and assessment activities within the Humboldt Wind Energy Area… Read More

Why we probably can’t dredge Upper Klamath Lake

OR, United States

It’s obvious to anyone who’s smelled its algal stench in the summer: Upper Klamath Lake needs a good clean-up. Not only do widespread cyanobacteria blooms turn the shallow lake into unsightly pea soup, they also tank water quality and contribute to mass die-offs of baby C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and shortnose suckers), hurtling the… Read More

Biden admin to hold huge offshore wind sale, modernize grid

NY, United States

The Biden administration today announced a blockbuster wind sale in the waters off New York, alongside a bundle of clean energy initiatives aimed at speeding up renewable deployment and modernizing the country’s aging and vulnerable electricity grid. The efforts include $20 billion in grid funding from the Department of Energy, a rural renewables pilot program… Read More

Moving from one energy source to another, Massachusetts coast will prioritize wind and fishing industries to survive

MA, United States

BOSTON – The South Coast has powered Massachusetts for what seems like forever. While the whaling port was not developed until the mid-17th century, the height of the industry attracted people from all over, for a job whose only pre-existing requirement was facing the largest mammal on the planet. The whale inspired a culture and… Read More


Upcoming Projects/Contracts/Tenders

Army Corps of Engineers to study creek at center of deadly Waverly flooding

TN, United States

On the heels of last year’s deadly flood in Waverly, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to study a Tennessee creek to see if changes could prevent future catastrophes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced Thursday it will conduct a floodplain management services study of Trace Creek. The Corps kicked off… Read More

Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary: A landmark legacy

SC, United States

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A dredge, appropriately named Dredge Charleston, a daily crew of 53 workers, and heavy earthmoving equipment worked 24 hours a day for seven weeks constructing a landmark legacy of the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening project: the restoration of Crab Bank. Crab Bank is a bird sanctuary located in the Charleston Harbor… Read More

A day on the USS Yorktown to showcase Charleston’s female commanders

SC, United States

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It was a beautiful crisp fall morning for a photoshoot aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston. The focus of the shoot? The upcoming Veterans Day issue of Charleston Women Magazine highlighting our very own senior civilian, Lisa Metheney. Alongside Metheney, stood three female commanders from the Charleston area: U.S. Air Force Col…. Read More


USACE

Army Corps of Engineers to study creek at center of deadly Waverly flooding

TN, United States

On the heels of last year’s deadly flood in Waverly, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to study a Tennessee creek to see if changes could prevent future catastrophes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced Thursday it will conduct a floodplain management services study of Trace Creek. The Corps kicked off… Read More

Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary: A landmark legacy

SC, United States

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A dredge, appropriately named Dredge Charleston, a daily crew of 53 workers, and heavy earthmoving equipment worked 24 hours a day for seven weeks constructing a landmark legacy of the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening project: the restoration of Crab Bank. Crab Bank is a bird sanctuary located in the Charleston Harbor… Read More

A day on the USS Yorktown to showcase Charleston’s female commanders

SC, United States

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It was a beautiful crisp fall morning for a photoshoot aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston. The focus of the shoot? The upcoming Veterans Day issue of Charleston Women Magazine highlighting our very own senior civilian, Lisa Metheney. Alongside Metheney, stood three female commanders from the Charleston area: U.S. Air Force Col…. Read More


Videos/C-Suite Interviews

Video: Babe’s Beach Nourishment Project 2021; see Manson in action

TX, United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District partnered with the Galveston Park Board, City of Galveston, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) for a $12 million project with Manson adding sand dredged from the ship channel to nourish the area… Read More

Atlantic Council hosts panel discussion on US maritime cybersecurity, inc Sen Angus King. Video

United States

The maritime transportation system (MTS) is a complex of arteries crucial to global commerce, energy systems, and the projection of national power. Yet, this same infrastructure is also systemically insecure. Maritime cybersecurity is a significant source of risk for the United States and its allies that must be better addressed. For further information, please visit:… Read More

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