The first European dredger converted to dual-fuel LNG/MGO propulsion has departed Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu), back to operations, 23 months after the contract signing. The 117 metre-8,500 cu m-trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Samuel de Champlain’ belongs to Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports and is operated by the Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire.
Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group revealed its commitment to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year during maintenance dredging works at the Nieuwpoort coastal marina and to include by 2020 a minimum requirement of 15% CO₂ reduction in 80% of maintenance dredging contracts in Flanders.
The Port of Corpus Christi commenced its dredging work to expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel and prepare the port for the anticipated increase in US crude oil exports. The Port of Corpus Christi ship channel Improvement project will deepen and widen the entrance ship channel from 47 up to 54 feet and widen it from 400 to 530 feet.
MPA Singapore issued a marine notice concerning dredging operations in Temasek Fairway; The notice is a revision as the working period has been extended, whereas the list of craft and working areas have been revised. Specifically, the dredging operations will take place from May 31 to November 30 2019.
Underwater sound created by dredging equipment below the water surface can impact marine life and requires careful evaluation and monitoring, according to the International Association of Dredging Companies. Sound levels must be evaluated in relation to their possible effect on the specific marine fauna. The aim of evaluating underwater sound is to ensure a balance between the environmental impacts and socio-economic benefits of the dredging project.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) will soon begin maintenance dredging at the Port of Weipa, while dredging is to be completed at Amrun on behalf of Rio Tinto. The dredging operation will take place from 3 June to July 17, along with the dredge vessels TSHD Brisbane and Oranje, within the port of Weipa nad Amrun.
Wärtsilä presented the Wärtsilä HY for Dredger, a new product based on Wärtsilä’s HY hybrid propulsion technology. Its goal is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of dredging operations. The new technology is able to optimise performance throughout the vessel’s lifecycle.
MPA Singapore warns mariners that with effect from 24 May 2019 to 23 November 2019, works will be taking place off south of Marina East. The works will include dredging and installation of steel pipes and towers. Crane barges will be used to install steel pipes and towers. The dredgers will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centered from the dredgers.
Carlyle Group will appeal to the Trump administration to guarantee a two-year approval of its South Texas crude export project. Carlyle-backed Lone Star Ports LLC aspires to open the first new US crude export facility that can accommodate supertankers. The export facility would require dredging a South Texas ship channel deep enough to facilitate fully loaded supertankers to maneuver at its planned terminal.
Mumbai-based Mercator Ltd has not paid salaries to around 350 crew members on board its dredgers and tankers for March and April, indicating that it experiences financial stress. Mercator was once considered India’s second biggest private shipping company. Mercator confirmed that it has delayed salaries due to a downturn in the global shipping and dredging industries, especially in India.
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