The Kelly L spent the first half of the second quarter pumping in a large dune for the protection of Destin Harbor. The prime contractor was Luhr Brothers, Inc, who outlined the area with rock prior to the dredge infilling. The subcontract for the dredging was awarded to IDC in September of 2017, but, as Murphy would have it, the rock contain-ment was not complete until this spring, putting the dredging sched-ule during spring break. The first order of dredging was the congested Harbor Channel (Image 1).

WOW! What a busy year 2018 has been so far. During 2017 we did OSHA 10 training but in 2018 we will begin to do focused training. Areas that we will focus on will include Equipment Operator training and evaluations, New hire Deck Hand training which will include rope throwing, tying, vessel transferring and making a ball and bell connection correctly and safely. We will continue to focus on hazard recognition and elimination and encourage more employee and management participation in the safety incentive program. There is a lot of great training on the way, let’s all stay focused to the task at hand and work safely.

On 24 May the USACE conducted an equipment inspection for the Sabine-Neches Waterway project at Port Author. The onsite Safety Inspector was Rod Staunton accompanied by Steve Sherrill, Administrative Contracting Officer. We started the inspection around 1000 A.M. with an abbreviated walk-around on the Ingenuity; on to the Crane Barge finishing up with the Booster.

April through June was an exceptionally busy quarter for all three dredges. The fleet engaged in constructing projects in Florida, Texas and Louisiana. The Ingenuity was active on the Sabine-Neches Waterway; the Integrity on the Red River and the Kelly L on Norriego Point and Apalachicola Bay.

The Ingenuity completed a difficult new work deepening project for GT Logistics in Port Arthur. The dredged material consisted mostly of hard clay and excessive amounts of debris. The project was completed in April and a valuable piece of real estate was created on the west side of the waterway. Upon completion of GT Logistics the dredge moved back onto the Corps of Engineers project performing maintenance dredging of the Sabine-Neches Waterway. The crew and supervision has held tough despite adverse weather conditions, lots of pump chokes and some mechanical issues. Thank you guys. We appreciate your stamina and perseverance.

Pipeline DQM Program Underway with Two Dredges Certified and Working

In March 2016, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters officially instructed its dredge quality management (DQM) team at the Mobile District to take steps to monitor all industry and government pipeline dredges having a discharge diameter greater than 18 inches.

The beginning date was set for the summer of 2018. The program managers certified the DQM systems on two industry dredges this spring, and those contractors were awarded the first two contracts specifying the systems.

Example of thermal imaging we use.

It has been a privilege to see many improvements to the safety and productivity in our electrical department over the two years that I have been employed at Inland. Working with Rob Wheeler and the crew members has enabled us to address some much needed upgrades and preventive maintenance issues. One of our upgrades has been to install new LED navigation lights on our vessels. This improvement is cost effective and keeps our crew from having to go to dangerous heights to change bulbs.


The Integrity completed the 2017 version of the dredge rental for the Vicksburg District in late January at Columbia Lock, on the Ouachita River, just south of Monroe, LA.


Dave Cizek, Captain Joe, Chief Mike and Ethan Clark have spent the first half of this quarter dodging ships and tows in one of the most active traffic areas along the Gulf Coast, the intersection of the GIWW and the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Port Arthur, TX. Port Arthur pilots report that the area sees an average of 18 ships per day mixed in with nearly twice that many tows.

The Kelly L spent most of this quarter completing the 2017 contract for the Mobile District at Bayou Labatre, AL. Channel depth was restored across Mississippi Sound from the GIWW to the town of Bayou Labatre, just southwest of Mobile. PM David Johnston and crew completed the work as Tim Dyer and John Debruin completed the installation of the new Dredging Quality Management system required on the 2018 contract.

Inland has taken another step in its New Hire Orientation. We believe a stellar orientation leads to increased retention, engagement and productivity. And, employees integrate into their teams quicker. We are proud to say in additional to what has been in place. We have added Fall Protection Training with hands on with Fall Gear, The introduction to Job Hazard Analysis (JHA’s) and PPE requirements, Usage, and Limitations of PPE.

Richard's Corner

We were blessed with a good book of work for the first three months of 2018. All three dredge fleets will be fully utilized during the second quarter as well. The remainder of 2018 shows promise with existing backlog and several market opportunities. If we keep up the energy and focus, 2018 has the potential to be a good year.