Immediately prior to the Christmas break, the Integrity completed the 2018 Memphis Rental, which called for maintenance dredging of 10 Harbors along the Mississippi River from Memphis, TN to Hickman, KY. Before starting the contract, the dredge was placed on dry dock to remove the small idler barge and have the idler from the Ingenuity installed in order to make a 300’ swing when dredging in the Memphis Harbor.


After the move from Texas, the Ingenuity began dredging on 30 September on the Bayou Labatre Channel for the Mobile District Corps of Engineers. Bayou Labatre is a small fishing town that caters to shrimpers and small shipyards. No ships passing and no deep channel crossings of this 12’ channel. Dredging began two miles south of the mouth of the harbor. The material was placed in a shallow, area of the bay with a spillbarge. The dredge made good advance each day, keeping Captain Joe, Chief Mike, and Tim jumping. Surveyors Devin Winchel, Justin Babb, and Mike Scott kept the dredge and spillbarge at peak quality.


Captain Joe Savoie and the Dredge Ingenuity fleet spent the 4th quarter in the quaint shrimping town of Bayou LaBatre, Alabama for the Corps of Engineers Mobile District. The dredge also prepped to move to Apalachicola, FL to perform maintenance dredging and habitat creation in January 2019. Captain Segree, Aaron Schwendeman and Dave Marler joined the crew in Florida. The dredge started the year in Port Arthur, TX, sailed to Bayou LaBatre and ended up in Apalachicola, FL (565 miles). Tim Dyer was instrumental in the DQM installation and project management. As always Kirk Hamlett, Thomas Marks, Carl Pope and the rest of the crew worked their tails off as well. Thanks guys.

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.