Harbor Management News

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Seafloor Systems Debuts EchoBoat-G2

2D/3D imaging sonar.   With the EchoBoat-G2 it is now possible for harbor patrol and port police to run regular surveys, impromptu post-storm/event debris mapping or routine inspection survey missions, for example—all via remote control and Laptop on the dock.   Port and harbor management can efficiently and reliably search for sunken vessels, lost tools, objects and debris on the bottom. Additionally, with the EchoBoat-G2 USV, the search for objects, threats and contraband, attached to walls or vessels, can be located easier and more safely.   The lightweight, portable

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BMT Awarded Port Geographe Coastal Engineering Contract

Department of Transport (DoT) to provide services as Coastal Engineering Advisor for the Management of Beaches, Structures and Waterways at Port Geographe, Busselton. The contract will initially run for two years with options to extend annually up to a total five year period.   Port Geographe harbor is a coastal marina and residential canal estate developed in 1996 near the town of Busselton, Western Australia. The development has experienced ongoing problems due to large accumulations of seagrass wrack in the harbor and on adjacent beaches during winter months. Extensive coastal studies have

Klein System 3000

Case Study: Surveying the Hennepin Wreck in Lake Michigan

conveyors moved the cargo into a hopper where it was transferred to an inclined conveyor, up to the conveyor boom on deck, which swung over to deposit the bulk material on land. What made this advancement completely unique was that the ship would no longer require massive shore infrastructure at major harbors to unload its’ cargo. The Hennepin could discharge its stone not only in a small harbor, but along a river, into a construction caisson, or into trucks, something not possible before this development.   Today, the Hennepin lies in 61 meters of water in Lake Michigan near South Haven

Xylem Acquires Tideland

.   Headquartered in Houston, with key locations in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Singapore, Tideland is a producer of analytics solutions in the coastal and ocean management sectors, sold under the Tideland and IMT brands. With navigation and analytical products and services used by ports and harbors, marine authorities, offshore oil and gas and wind power installations, Tideland generated revenue of approximately $48 million in 2015

Floating Laboratory to Visit Port of Indiana

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is sponsoring free public cruises on the educational research vessel W.G. Jackson at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on June 10. The vessel is part of Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute and houses an onboard lab for adults and children ages 10 and up to conduct hands-on science experiments. Cruises will depart from the Port of Indiana's public fishing dock at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT. The registration deadline for the cruises was June 5, but the public may visit the vessel during an open house from 1-1:45 p.m.

New Study Will Examine Hydrate Blockage in Subsea Jumpers

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is leading a joint industry project (JIP), supported by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), to provide industry with a better understanding of the mechanism of hydrate growth and blockages.   The 12-month study, entitled ‘Hydrate Deposit Growth in Subsea Jumpers (HyJump)’, currently has the support of industry partners, including Chevron, Total and Woodside, and is welcoming more participants to join the project.   To simulate the flow geometry and risk of hydrate blockage in subsea equipment, the project will see the development

HMAS Collins (SSG 73)

Australia to Upgrade Collins Class Submarines

contract also covers design, development and manufacture of the hardware for two boats: the updating of the shore-based test facility and platform simulation trainer, and the installation of the updated system in the first boat. Senator Johnston said the majority of the work will be performed in Outer Harbor and Mawson Lakes in South Australia.  

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Boston Harbor Dredging Project to get Underway

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve to execute a Project Partnering Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and MassDOT to start the Boston Harbor Dredging Project.  A signed agreement allows the ACOE to bid contracts for construction on a Confined Aquatic Disposal cell (CAD cell), which is needed for the maintenance dredging of the Inner Harbor Main Ship Channel. Maintenance dredging will restore the inner harbor to 40 feet and is the first phase of the larger dredging project. Without maintenance dredging, the harbor will continue to silt

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise.   “IOVTEC brings to the MoU its specialist skills in domestic hydrographic and bathymetric surveys for coastal mapping, government port and harbor agencies, dredging and marine contractors and offshore wind farm developers in Taiwan,” said Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Director for Marine Site Characterization in the Asia Pacific region. “Fugro’s offshore wind experience around the world and IOVTEC’s local skills make

Herbert Joins Phoenix International

the Seine and assisting The Bent Prop Project with WWII aircraft location in Palau.   Before entering the private sector he served as a NOAA hydrographer aboard NOAA ships RUDE, RAINIER, and on two NOAA Navigation Response Teams based in Norfolk, VA and New York, NY. Survey areas included New York Harbor, Boston Harbor, Narragansett Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, and the coastal regions and fjords of southeast and southwest Alaska. Mr. Herbert worked in support of fleet logistics at NOAA’s Atlantic Marine Center and received the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Employee of the Year Award

UKHO Chief Executive, Ian Moncrieff CBE with William Heaps at the award ceremony in Southampton.

William Heaps Wins UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award

who formed the hydrographic office in 1795 and is a symbol of recognition for outstanding dedication and contribution to world hydrography. William was honored with the award for his contribution to hydrography over his career with ABP as Port Surveyor and Hydrographic Manager of the 22 ports and harbors within the ABP Group. As a specialist in Port Marine Safety, William provides guidance to Harbor Masters within the group. The award also acknowledges many areas of William’s work as past Chairman of the Hydrographic Society UK (THS UK), which he chaired for six years, and as U.K. representative

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Teledyne to Continue UTS Seminars

Technology Seminars (UTS), taking place in Hamburg, Boston and Singapore. The first UTS seminar in 2014 has already taken place in Qiandao Lake, April 15-16 in China with more than 115 delegates participating. At the three-day seminars in Hamburg and Boston the theme is: “Hydrography in Harbors and Inland Waters as well as Dredge Guidance and Construction Support”. Over the years TMAIG have developed a broad product portfolio that covers all aspects of hydrographic, dredging and construction work within harbors and shallow water inland applications. Who better to explain the benefits

Teledyne’s 2014 UTS Focus on Shallow Water Surveys

Seminars (UTS) in Hamburg, Boston and Singapore. These events follow 2014’s first UTS seminar which has already taken place in Qiandao Lake, April 15-16 in China with more than 115 delegates participating. At the three-day seminars in Hamburg and Boston the theme is “Hydrography in Harbors and Inland Waters as well as Dredge Guidance and Construction Support”. Over the years TMAIG have developed a broad product portfolio that covers all aspects of hydrographic, dredging and construction work within harbors and shallow water inland applications. Organizers have invited a selection

Molasses Spill Kills Fish in Honolulu Harbor

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that the brown substance that is contaminating much of Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon and is the apparent cause of death for many marine animals, is molasses that spilled into the harbor from a pipeline under Pier 52.   The public is advised not to enter the ocean if they notice a brown color in the water. The plume of dark water is moving with the tides and currents from Honolulu Harbor into the Keehi Lagoon. From the lagoon, it is expected to dissipate into the ocean. DOH also advises the public not to consume any of the dead fish

Port of Prince Rupert Adds Shore-based Radar

Transmitting data from three tower sites across the port’s coastal shores, the system provides coverage ranging from the northeast of Haida Gwaii to the Alaskan border.   “The addition of radar improves the capability of the port to proactively monitor and manage vessel movement in the harbor,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “This significant investment in safe navigation benefits many of our port stakeholders involved in the flow of cargoes through our port, and further safeguards the environment and mariners of British Columbia&rsquo

The value of imports at major U.S. shipping ports for the year 2014. (Image: Esri)

A Location Strategy for Funding Port Infrastructure

, addressed and solved. Each port’s challenges are location-specific, from the range of tide levels and other environmental conditions to governance by political jurisdictions. There are also economic drivers determined by location. And one of the most critical factors in U.S. cargo pricing is the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), based on the value of cargo transiting ports, to pay for maintaining and operating navigational channels. This tax creates a fund that is used almost exclusively to support shipping in ports that have channels supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and require regular

Courtesy South Carolina Ports Authority

U.S.House Passes New Water-Resources Measure

Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The South Carolina Delegation worked extremely hard to move this bill

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