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Unique Italian-built dredger for the UK.

Italdraghe is working with Goodchild Marine to manufacture a purpose built dredger for a marina operator that manages over 3,500 berths spread across 8 ports around the British coast. The dredger´s unique design means that it can be used for maintenance dredging throughout the year, even in the summer when the marinas are at their busiest. As the dredger has both a rear rudder propeller and front thruster it is extremely easy to manoeuvre within tight spaces. This flexibility is further enhanced by the dredger´s specially-designed spuds which allow it to walk on the water bed, providing very accurate and controlled vessel movement in and around tight berths. With no need for anchors or mooring wires whilst working, the dredger causes no disruption to marina traffic.

Another important feature of this low-noise, one-man operated dredger, is its revolutionary dredging ladder with swivel joints that allow the dredging head to reach right up to clean thoroughly under marina pontoons and walkways doing away with the need to dismantle the same. When not working, the dredging arm, as well as the spuds, can be folded away on board the dredger itself. This facilitates dredger transportation between different locations as the complete vessel can travel, ready assembled, on a single lorry.

Corps of Engineers embarks on hurricane recovery effort
The New York District of the US Army Corps of Engineers says it is carrying out missions to support recovery efforts in the New York City region following Hurricane Sandy, including in New York City, parts of northern New Jersey and Long Island.
New York District’s Emergency Operations Center has been active since last week and District personnel are working with local, state and federal officials to assess the damages caused by Sandy, which brought a great deal of coastal flooding and other damage throughout the region.
“Hurricane Sandy was a historic storm and brought coastal storm surge and flooding like has never been seen in many areas and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that’s been impacted,” said New York District Commander Col Paul E Owen.
“The Army Corps is committed to working with our local, state and federal partners as the recovery process moves forward.”
An Army Corps team of unwatering experts has been deployed from the Corps’ Rock Island District in Illinois to New York City to provide technical support as the city and the Metropolitan Transit Authority determine the best way forward in the complex task of unwatering parts of lower Manhattan and the New York City subway system. They are providing support to local and state unwatering efforts.

IADC appoints new President
The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has appointed Peter de Ridder as its new President of the Board.
The IADC is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry, dedicated to promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, as well as the economic, social and environmental influence of the dredging industry in general. The IADC has over one hundred main and associated members.
Mr De Ridder has been employed at Van Oord, an IADC member company, for almost 40 years. He started his career with Van Oord in 1973 at one of the premier maritime infrastructure projects of its day, the Eastern Scheldt barrier, working first as a surveyor and later on as project manager.
In 1981 he became project manager at Van Oord’s first major overseas offshore project in Australia. From 1983 to 1991 he was operation manager for Van Oord Offshore and from 1991 to 1994 manager of Van Oord’s Engineering and Estimating department.
As of 1994 Mr De Ridder joined the Board of Van Oord ACZ and, after the merger with Ballast Ham Dredging in 2003, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Board of Van Oord nv, a position he continues to hold.

Van Oord strengthens Executive Board
After a long career of nearly 40 years COO PHG (Peter) de Ridder will be leaving Van Oord to retire on 1 January 2013.
The Supervisory Board of Van Oord has, in consultation with the Executive Board, decided to strengthen the Executive Board with two Van Oord members. JBEM (Joep) Athmer (57) and CA (Niels) de Bruijn (49) will be appointed member of the Executive Board with effect from 1 January 2013.
Both have a long record of service with the company. During his almost 30 year career Mr Athmer was responsible for amongst others operations in Hong Kong, the UK, Ireland and the world-wide offshore activities.
Niels de Bruijn was responsible for activities in Spain, the Middle East and Asia/Australia during his twenty year career with the company.
As of 1 January next the Executive Board of Van Oord consists of P (Pieter) van Oord CEO, PW (Paul Verheul) COO, AJ (Arjan) van de Kerk CFO, JBEM (Joep) Athmer and CA (Niels) de Bruijn.

DSC confirms delivery of dustpan dredge
In August 2012, DSC in the US delivered its first dustpan dredge to Loup Power District, the provider of reliable, low-cost electricity to customers throughout Boone, Colfax, Nance, and Platte counties, and a portion of Madison county in Nebraska.
The new dredge replaces Loup’s existing dredge, which had been in service since the company began its operations over 75 years ago.
The DSC dustpan dredge is critical to Loup’s operations as it removes sand and sediment from the settling basin, allowing water to flow into the Loup Power Canal to the powerhouses to ultimately generate electricity.
DSC’s Eddie Cicardo, Field Service Technician, led the commissioning and testing of the dredge and trained Loup operators on their new equipment.
The new dredge is more powerful, proficient, and reliable, allowing Loup to operate more efficiently.



The State of Nigerian Dredges: A New Dredge Repair Yard.

Many dredges being offered by dredge owners for contracts in the Nigerian industry right now are far from healthy. There are stories of dredges being paid for and on mobilization to site, they begin to manifest serious problems of disrepair. For many days or weeks or months, the client cannot have his milestones met because the dredge is down while efforts are being made to buy spare parts or to bring experienced mechanics to perform needed repairs.
Describing this ugly situation, Sir Isaac Chuks, CEO of Funq Tai Engineering Company, summed it up that many “Nigerian dredges work for two hours and spoil for five hours”. Read more.

Other Articles & Interviews:

Mr Pier Luigi Carrodano on his work with Gen. T Y Danjuma's companies and the Chinese sea trade with Nigeria...NEW

Engr Akin Olaniyan on need for NIMASA to return to original mandate and harnessing cabotage trade...NEW

Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene on Niger Delta politics, amnesty programme, Nigerian maritime and local govt, etc....NEW

Capt Adeyemo on River Niger Dredging...

Prof P.C. Nwilo on his assessment of NIWA during sabbatical ...

Mr Nseyeng Ebong on his 8-year tenure as rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron...

Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs as chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, his vision...

Engr Muyiwa Omasebi: The face-off Between NIWA, MMSD and Lagos State Govt.

Otunba K Folarin: The Collapse of Nig. shipping lines.

P.L. Carrodano: How govt can revive Nig. shipping lines.

Sam Epia: The struggles of Nig shipping lines with cargo reservation scheme.

Jeff Gibb: Intricacies of the equipment market in Nigeria.

Environmental Quality Monitoring.

Environment: "How many choppers has DPR got?" - Chief Ogunsiji.

Dredging the Niger Delta: Interview of Ben Efekarurhobo

Role of Surveying in the Dredging Industry

G.B Liman: Of Myth, Reality and Resource Control

Dredging Law: A judgment on the ownership of a sand dredging site by the Court of Appeal.

Dredging Law:
a. Lagos State Attorney General Interpretes state law on sand dredging and stockpile.

b. NIWA public notice on Lagos State intervention in inland waterways regulation.

c. An Extract Of The Law To Provide For The Regulation Of Waterfront Infrastructure Development In Lagos State.


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