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.

Integrity

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.

Ingenuity

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.

Mr. Jackson explores opportunities to mitigate workplace risk and create a safe work environment for Inland’s employees.

By the time this newsletter is printed, the Integrity will have completed the 2017 version of the dredge rental for the Vicksburg District. After battling several high water events, Willie Ford, Amanda Driscoll and the crew settled in to a routine of dredge-move-dredge-move-dredge, etc.

Captain Joe, Chief Mike and Ethan have relocated the Ingenuity and its attendant plant to the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Port Arthur, TX and will be working with the Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston district for the next 6 months. Barry Locke helped with the mobilization by building 6,500’ of new, steel submerged pipeline on site.