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.

Inland Dredging Company has been awarded the first Corps of Engineers contract that requires an automated pipeline dredge monitoring system which transmits real time work events and non-effective events recorded on board the dredge to the National DQM Support Center for processing and analysis. Inland has taken the lead, nationally, in developing the soft-ware and installing the sensors on the Kelly L, and soon on the Ingenuity. The Kelly L system has been completed and the Corps of Engineers has issued the first pipeline dredge DQM certification in the nation. The dredging contract that requires the use of this system will commence in March.

The two weeks of repairs scheduled for the Kelly L after the completion of the Black Warrior dredging turned Spillbarge in the distance at Bayou Labatre into two months. The dredge is only starting the Bayou Labatre dredging at the time of this writing.

This year we will see the beginning of the integration of the Safety and Equipment departments with regard to inspections, maintenance and repair. Recent safety performance improvements will be continued and supple-mented by an equipment monitoring and maintenance program of similar intensity. Everyone will be involved. Stay tuned.

We had a solid 4th quarter developing future backlog. Inland was low bidder on three projects: the Sabine-Neches Waterway, the Mobile 24” Rental and Norriego Point pro-jects. These projects along with our existing work under contract should provide for a strong 2018. Additional bidding opportunities should develop late second or early 3rd quarter 2018.

Tim Dyer and John DeBruin have been completing our Dredge Quality Management Sys-tem on the Kelly L and booster. Tim and John have been collaborating with the Mobile District DQM team and testing began in December on the Bayou LaBatre project. We ex-pect full certification in early 2018. Inland is one of the first if not the first cutter suction companies to implement the system in the US. Our system is the prototype for all others to follow. The Corps has been very complimentary of our efforts in this area, and we continue our initiative of implementing the latest technology in order to become the least cost producer of dredging services.