Simonelli retiring as chief operating officer at GLDD

Simonelli retiring as chief operating officer at GLDD

(HOUSTON) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) announced Thursday that Chief Operating Officer David Simonelli will retire effective Sept. 16. After his retirement, he will provide consulting services to the company. Simonelli, who has spent 44 years with GLDD, became the president of the company’s Dredging Division in 2010 and chief operating officer in 2018. His commitment to…
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Eastern launches hopper dredge for Weeks Marine

Eastern launches hopper dredge for Weeks Marine

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) on Friday successfully launched R.B. Weeks, the second trailing suction hopper dredge the shipbuilder has constructed for Weeks Marine. R.B. Weeks (ESG Hull 258) is named in honor of Richard B. Weeks, a co-founder of Weeks Marine and married to Magdalen Weeks, the namesake of the sister vessel Magdalen (ESG 256), built…
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Great Lakes Dredge to fund Texas A&M laboratory

Great Lakes Dredge to fund Texas A&M laboratory

(HOUSTON) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. has signed an agreement with the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University to provide funding and technical support for what will become the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Laboratory of Dredging and Coastal Studies. Lasse Petterson, president and chief executive officer at Great Lakes, and Dr. John Hurtado, interim dean of…
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Bayou payday: Dredges dig in to bring Lower Mississippi to 50 feet

Bayou payday: Dredges dig in to bring Lower Mississippi to 50 feet

A long-awaited project to deepen the Lower Mississippi River ship channel to 50 feet from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge, La., is now underway. It will eventually allow larger ships to call at ports and refineries farther upriver than is currently possible, reducing shipping costs for exporters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will take four…
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Bay State brothers find industry niche by making old into new

Bay State brothers find industry niche by making old into new

Zero non-conformities is what you want to hear when the U.S. Coast Guard inspects your tugboat. Once you’ve prepared your vessel, the inspectors come aboard to peruse your paperwork. They ask you pointed questions, to which they expect straightforward answers. Perusal completed, they then scrutinize all of the related safety systems, from bilge to antennas — even the ship’s bell.…
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NTSB: Dredge hit Texas gas pipeline, causing fire that killed four

NTSB: Dredge hit Texas gas pipeline, causing fire that killed four

Four crewmembers died and at least six others were injured when the dredge Waymon L. Boyd became engulfed in fire while working in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. State and federal agencies are still investigating the incident, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believes the 152-foot cutterhead suction dredge struck a submerged gas pipeline. The impact ignited a massive…
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