DSC Dredge engineers were busy in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria, in August, starting up the country’s largest dredge to date. The 24-inch (600 mm) Marlin Class dredge from DSC features two dredge pumps – a 24-inch pump located on the ladder and another 24-inch pump located on the dredge’s stern. The dredge has a 23-meter (76-foot) digging depth capability, and is outfitted with spuds for use in waters with a strong current.
In February 2017, DSC delivered its first-ever dredge equipped with a Tier 4 Final C32 ACERT Caterpillar engine to a minerals company located in the United States. This Shark Class Dredge features an 18-inch hull-mounted dredge pump and 300 hp cutter drive assembly, and has a dredging depth capability of 56 feet. DSC supplied stainless steel hydraulic fittings and used anti-corrosion building practices, as the dredge will be working in a corrosive environment.
DSC recently shipped one (1) of three (3) new 18-inch Shark Class portable cutter suction dredges to contractors in Bangladesh. The first dredge unit left DSC’s Louisiana facility in June, and the second unit will leave DSC’s Mississippi facility later in July. The third unit is scheduled to be completed and shipped in February 2018.
Harbor Town Raises Money, Purchases New Wolverine Dredge after Government Funding Falls Short
Leland, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of the jewel communities of the state’s Northern Lower Peninsula. Originally developed in the 1800s as a port for the iron mining and lumber industries in the area, which used Lake Michigan as a water route to the Port of Chicago, Leland was an important cog in the Michigan economy. Over the past century, Leland’s role along Lake Michigan changed, and it became a summer boating Mecca and a harbor of refuge during inclement weather for boaters on Lake Michigan. Today the Leland Harbor Marina, built in 1966, is surrounded by local shops and restaurants, and is in great demand for local and visiting boaters.
Two local contractors in Delta State, Nigeria, recently took delivery of 10-inch Wolverine Class Dredges, designed and manufactured by DSC Dredge at its Greenbush, Michigan, facility. A Delta State government plan has been put into motion to provide multi-millions of cubic meters of sand to be used for infrastructure improvement, while alleviating flooding problems. Dredging is the perfect solution to capture this sand as a valuable resource, and put it to use in the Asaba city center and outlying areas.
The winter of 2016 was an unusually harsh one for the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor in Santa Cruz, California. Four years of drought was followed by an El Niño season that brought storm water runoff, high tides, high surf and swells – rapidly creating a complete shoaling of the federal entrance channel to the harbor and blocking all boats from entering or leaving. The dredge “Seabright” that had served the harbor for 30 years labored to keep up, and frequent breakdowns only compounded the problem.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently took delivery of a new, fully customized cutter suction dredge, which it christened the Dredge Manteo in a ceremony held April 28, 2016, at the at the NCDOT State Shipyard in Manns Harbor, North Carolina. The 154-foot state-of-the-art pipeline dredge, designed and built by DSC Dredge, based in Reserve, Louisiana, will work to keep North Carolina’s state-maintained intercostal ferry channels clear, from the Cape Fear River near Wilmington to Currituck Sound near the North Carolina-Virginia state line.
Promotes Team Spirit and Safety Awareness
This month DSC held its second annual Safety Stand-Down Day, during which all work was shut down at all facilities for an entire day, and all employees received hands-on and classroom training. The program took place at the Reserve, Louisiana; Poplarville, Mississippi; and Greenbush, Michigan facilities. “The goal of the Safety Stand-Down Day is to promote safety ownership,” says Jeff Yaun, DSC Director of Health, Safety, and Environmental. “Throughout the day, we extolled the value that safety is everybody’s responsibility – not just the safety department or the manufacturing personnel.” Carrying and expanding on the theme of last year’s Safety Stand-Down day, DSC management worked to instill the belief that workers who are actively involved in their safety program will work safer than if they are reactive or taking action only after an incident occurs.
Desarrolladora La Ribera, S. de R.L. de C.V., La Ribera, Baja, Mexico, developers of the area’s new Costa Palma private beachfront resort community and marina, recently took delivery and received training in the operation of a 10-inch Wolverine Class Dredge, designed and manufactured by DSC Dredge at its Greenbush, Michigan, USA, facility.
Only the third company in the program’s history ever to receive a second “E-Star” Award
DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, Louisiana, is proud to announce its receipt of the 2016 President’s “E-Star” Award for exports. In a ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said, “These companies demonstrate the opportunity inherent in selling Made-in-America products to the broad customer base that exists outside our borders. Their success contributes to growth, job creation, competitiveness, and the success of the American economy.”