Weeks Marine Fall 2018 Newsletter

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A Weeks Marine, Inc. Publication

Fall 2018

Contents Message from the CEO


Magdalen at Work



JG Burke Collaboration

Weeks Community


Oyster Bayou


Weeks Safety



Morton Salt Dock



Where is Weeks?


Weeks Marine, Inc. Weeks Marine, Inc. is a family-owned business headquartered in Cranford, NJ. Established in 1919, the company is a leader in the maritime construction industry, and operates a network of regional offices in Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Ontario and Nova Scotia. For more information, please visit our website at www.weeksmarine.com. This newsletter is produced and distributed by Weeks Marine, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Thank you to the following contributors: Belinda Berwick, Cranford, NJ; Ronnie Clifford, Cranford, NJ; Justin Collett, Covington, LA; John Devlin, Sr., Cranford, NJ; Ram Galvan, Houston, TX; Emmett Kinney, Aiea, HI; Duane Rayford, Covington, LA; Amy Schexnayder, Covington, LA; Veronica Sloan, Cranford, NJ; Tim Weckwerth, Covington, LA. Please send any comments or suggestions to the editor: Jennifer Hamilton jdhamilton@weeksmarine.com EOE/AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Message from the CEO This past March, I announced that I have taken on a new position as Chief Executive Officer of Weeks Marine. In this role, I am focused on Weeks’ strategic vision and initiatives, long term direction, and supporting our senior leadership. I have also officially passed the baton to Weeks’ new President, Eric Ellefsen. As many people know, Eric and I have been working closely and steadily over the past several years to affect this successful transition.

LA. Under his leadership, the Dredging Division secured their position as a “best in class” powerhouse in the industry. He is a thoughtful and judicious leader who will serve our company well. Thinking about the succession of leadership seems even more relevant as Weeks Marine approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019. I have no doubt that the proud legacy of our company will continue with future generations of the Weeks Community.

Eric recently celebrated 25 years with Weeks Marine. Before coming to the Cranford, NJ corporate office as our Executive Vice President, he led our Dredging Division out of Covington,

Rich Weeks CEO, Weeks Marine, Inc.




Healy Tibbitts Builders’ Alliant Build America Award In March of 2017, the Associated General Contractors of America announced Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc., received the association’s Alliant Build America Award for the best new utility infrastructure project of the year. “These awards highlight the most challenging projects that construction firms are building today,” said Mark Knight, association president and president of Knight Construction Services LLC in Aberdeen, SD. “Moreover, the awards showcase how construction firms are using skill, technology, and collaboration to successfully build some of the most complicated and complex projects.”

This $10 million U.S. Navy project required replacing a 62-year-old 24-inch ductile iron pipeline below the harbor channel between Pearl City Peninsula and Ford Island. The Healy Tibbitts team installed 3,425 linear feet of new state-of-the-art 24-inch PVC pipe below the channel, using horizontal directional drilling, as well as 955 linear feet of iron pipelines to connect to existing waterlines on both sides of the channel. This was the first time 24-inch fuseable PVC was installed in Hawaii using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), which required drilling more than 40 feet below the channel bottom due to difficult soil conditions. “The Alliant Build America Award recipients inspire and propel the construction industry; building exceptional projects, shaping America’s

Pictured below: Rick Heltzel, second from left, and Emmett Kinney, center, from HTB, with members of the AGC presenting the award.


Annual Safety Award future and creating opportunity within our communities,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services. The Alliant Build America Awards highlight the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, NV, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the US.

Pictured L to R: Harry Cochran, Superintendent, receiving the Individual Safety Award from Chris Hynes, Senior Vice President of the Construction Division, and Patrick Whelan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

Each year, Weeks’ Corporate Health, Safety & Environment team works with the Divisional leadership teams to select the recipient of the Individual Safety Award. In 2017, the Construction Division focused on driving health and safety performance from the top down, with leadership at the Superintendent-level being recognized as key players in developing a culture of safety. In particular, Harry Cochran has shown tremendous personal growth in this area. Harry’s projects were injury free in 2017, which is a result of his ability to work with a team, understand the priorities, plan out the operations, and lead the craft. Harry has also been integral in conducting Signal Person training classes, which has led to certifying Union craft personnel on behalf of Weeks Marine to ensure OSHA compliance. Harry has been recognized as a conscientious professional who works with all levels of the Division, and is a proven safety leader. Congratulations on receiving this award!





Partnership with Louisiana College At their main campus in Lacombe, the Richard Weeks Center of Innovation serves as a hub for Northshore Technical Community College’s Maritime Degree Program. today’s maritime industry, a maritime program ascended as a signature program for the new campus that was being developed. Representing Weeks Marine as an industry partner, Noel Ramos, Personnel Director, Jessie Whittington, Personnel Development Manager, and Tim Weckwerth, Vice President, joined a newly formed industry consortium to help develop academic curricula for a new Maritime Technology 2-year Associate Degree program. Graduating students of the program are equipped to commence work immediately on vessels in either an automated systems/engine room career path or deck positions career path. The curriculum is specifically designed to allow students to transfer most of their Associate Degree credits to numerous 4-year university programs if they choose to continue their education at a later time.

Located less than 15 miles from Weeks’ Dredging Division headquarters, Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) is one of 13 colleges in the Louisiana Technical and Community College System operating as a comprehensive community college serving the North Shore region of Louisiana. NTCC has historically operated to offer technical skills programs targeting workforce development; however, the institution recently expanded its mission to address the academic component and offers articulation agreements with several four year universities in the state. Several years ago, NTCC engaged with industry and economic development partners in the region to identify programs that tie to workforce needs and support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Employment research identified 1 in 5 jobs in Louisiana were tied to the maritime industry. Furthermore, workforce data revealed multiple channels of employment that permeate beyond what was classified as “maritime” specifically within NTCC’s service area, and particularly due to its geographic proximity to the Gulf Coast Region, Port of New Orleans, and the Mississippi River. Recognizing the foundational skills and necessary competencies in science, technology, engineering and math that link to successful employment in

In February 2017, a brunch was attended by many civic, private, and industry partners where it was announced that Weeks Marine would be donating $200,000 to the college to be used to sponsor the beautiful lobby of the building, create a lifetime endowed scholarship for students, and also help purchase equipment for some of the classrooms. The lobby, which is formally called their “Center of Innovation” is named after Dick and Richard Weeks, as will the endowed scholarship. NTCC Chancellor William Wainwright expressed his great appreciation for the donation in addition to the hard work put in by our dredging division employees in the true spirit of community and industry partnership. In July 2018, Weeks Marine announced an additional contribution of $250,000 from Dick Weeks, and a company match of $250,000 to NTCC. The funds will be utilized by the school to support local maritime efforts, to secure state-of-the-art training equipment for students, and to establish a scholarship endowment in perpetuity to support students seeking maritime-related career fields. Wainwright commented, “Northshore Technical Community College is humbled by the generosity of Mr. Weeks and Weeks Marine for making this investment in our community and students.”


Pictured above, Weeks at NTCC for the July 2018 announcement - from L to R: Eric Ellefsen, President; Jessie Whittington, Personnel Development Manager; Patrick Whelan, Executive Vice President; Dick Weeks, Chairman; Tracy Coman, Crew Coordinator; Rich Weeks, CEO; Jeannette Lopez, Recruitment and Career Development Manager; Captain Ben Peterson, Towing Manager; and Patrick Hannafey, Dispatcher.





Magdalen at Work On December 21, 2017, after passing her sea trials, the newest vessel in Weeks’ fleet, Magdalen, was officially delivered by Eastern Shipbuilding. Magdalen is one of the two newest, and among the largest, hopper dredges in the U.S. She is selfpropelled and brings formidable pumping power to offload beach quality sand and other materials for land reclamation. On December 28, she sailed from Panama City, FL, on her maiden voyage to the East Coast, where she began work on the protection of Highway 12 in the Buxton area of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. “As the single largest investment in Weeks 99-year history, I am pleased that Magdalen’s first project will be finishing up a vital project to North Carolina and to visitors from around the world,” said CEO, Richard S. Weeks. “We are looking forward to observing her at work and integrating her into our dredging and marine construction family.” The introduction of Magdalen effectively doubled Weeks’ hopper dredging capacity, joining the RN Weeks and BE Lindholm, two workhorse hopper dredges, whose combined hopper capacity is less than that of the new dredge. Magdalen is dedicated to the domestic marketplace and was designed by leading world experts for the conditions found here in the U.S. Charlie McCaskill, Vice President, congratulated Project Manager, Hans Blomberg, and the entire equipment team on the delivery of this “gamechanger”. He said, “We are all excited to see this world class vessel in action.”






JG Burke Collaboration “This project brought together all divisions within Weeks and McNally”

In July 2015, Weeks Marine and McNally met with JMS Naval Architects in Mystic, CT to develop plans to build a caisson launching barge. McNally currently has two small barges for this purpose, but required a larger, more efficient barge to meet their demands. A “caisson” is a bathtub shaped concrete structure used to build bulkheads. It is fabricated on a barge, and when completed, the barge is submerged to allow the concrete structure to “float off” and be moved into position. Once set, the caisson is completed and filled with stone to set it on the harbor bottom, forming a new section of bulkhead. With the resources of Weeks equipment, personnel and facilities at their disposal, McNally contracted with JMS to come up with a design using existing equipment. It was quickly agreed that the ABS Loadline deck barge, Weeks 246, would be used as the platform.


JMS came up with a working design, and the Greenville Yard started work in the fall of 2016. A McNally team, headed by Greg Burke, worked in conjunction with Weeks personnel. The team oversaw the conversion and ensured the design would meet all the current and future needs for caisson fabrication, as well as having the ability to use the barge for drydocking McNally vessels, and possible use as a submersible transport barge. The 250’ x 75’ x 16’ barge has a capacity of 5,000 tons. Caissons of 150’ x 65’ x 3,000 tons will be fabricated on board. It is designed to be submerged by flooding all (15) compartments using remote controlled gate valves. Once submerged, the barge can be elevated using an on board compressor. The monitoring system was designed and installed by EMS out of Rahway, NJ. All systems are enclosed in a control house perched 20’ above the main deck.

The barge has also been equipped with two self-elevating spuds to help keep it in position while on site. This project brought together all divisions within Weeks and McNally, as well as some innovative vendors: Dredging personnel provided the design and build of the electrical controls; Construction provided engineering and supervision; Heavy Lift was instrumental in placing numerous oversize pieces, and crane service; Towing provided the expertise of their great crews in moving the unit; and Greenville Yard, along with Tomas Marine, provided the man-power to bring it all together. Over the course of 12 months, all involved were able to build a unique piece of equipment that will serve both McNally and Weeks Marine for years to come.





Oyster Bayou Marsh Restoration Cameron Parish, Louisiana


In coastal Louisiana, thriving marsh land is essential to hurricane protection, reducing the damaging effects of waves, flooding, and wind. Land barriers that are created within the wetlands ensure that fish, shrimp, waterfowl, and numerous other species have a thriving ecosystem; if diminished, the survival of wildlife and local economies and communities could be threatened.





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Oyster Bayou Jobsite Houston Gulf of Mexico

Oyster Bayou is located just west of the Calcasieu Ship Channel near Cameron, Louisiana. Its borders are the Gulf of Mexico to the South and Oyster Lake to the North. Historically, this wetland area helps to sustain Louisiana’s seafood industry, valued at over $1 billion, and provides habitats for numerous species. Over the last 20 years, impacts from Hurricanes Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008, combined with drought stress and saltwater intrusion, resulted in significant wave/ wake erosion in Oyster Bayou. Without intervention, waves from the wind and tide would have eroded the area further into the Gulf of Mexico, undercutting the existing vegetation and leaving only shallow open water.



acres of renourished saline marsh

17,550 linear feet of earthen terraces constructed


cubic yards of dredged material


linear feet of containment dikes constructed





Aerial view of Oyster Bayou containment cell before restoration in June 2017.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), a governmental agency created by the Louisiana State Legislature in 2005, created the Oyster Bayou Marsh Restoration Project in order to re-establish Oyster Bayou’s structural integrity and value as a marsh habitat. The project was awarded to Weeks Marine on August 30, 2016, and included the creation of 458 acres of marsh, construction of earthen terraces, installation of a permanent pipeline crossing, and the relocation of an existing waterline. In January 2017, Weeks’ crews began the construction of over 47,000 linear feet of containment dikes to house newly dredged material. Dredging operations began in June, with the EW Ellefsen, a 30-inch hydraulic cutter suction dredge, arriving on site.

The dredge began mining material from a collection site 3.5 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The dredged material was pumped back to shore through 34,530 feet of pipeline, and discharged into the four containment cells. At that time, 17,550 linear feet of earthen terraces were also constructed in the marsh area, providing additional storm surge protection. The pipeline installation and waterline were performed by a subcontractor, and the project was completed successfully in September 2017. The Weeks project team worked safely and efficiently to complete the work, and is proud to contribute to the restoration of Louisiana’s vital coastline.


Aerial view after restoration in August 2017.

Weeks’ Project Team Project Manager

Brett Dupuis

Project Engineers

Kyle Arnaud Jonathan Crockett Dredge Captains

Wilbert “Jack” Dunbar Charles Goodwin Dredge Chief Engineers

Teddy Stelly Hank Bishop

Levee Construction Project Manager

Travis Williams Site Managers

Larry Anderson Dave Gelis





Subchapter M

Weeks’ Towing fleet takes a proactive approach to safety at sea. In 2004, the US Coast Guard was called upon to design and promote new rules to regulate the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of all Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTVs). What began as a short statement in the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, developed into a thorough set of mandates to ensure federal compliance standards across the maritime industry. Subchapter M, as it’s known, now contains industry-specific rules for proper inspections, and a management system tailored for most “brown water” towing vessels and work boats. The regulations can be divided into two sections: one regarding whether or not a vessel is worthy of operating at sea, and the other focused on safety management and/or administration. Among the new regulations are several options for defining a vessel’s code of conduct and standards, upon which the USCG will audit performance. Many of the new requirements will take effect on July 20, 2018, as part of an eleven-year implementation schedule. All newly constructed vessels are to meet all requirements and acquire a Certificate of Inspection (COI) before it begins operations.

To ensure successful adoption among its fleet, Weeks has implemented a new process using a compliance software called “Vessel 365.” The program offers a streamlined approach to completing required Engineering, Safety, and Compliance paperwork each month. The platform can be viewed in real time by relevant onshore staff to ensure vessels are completing the required forms. Vessel 365 will also house the updated Towing Safety Management Manual (TSMS). Weeks has had a similar management system in place for well over a decade, however with the integration of Subchapter M, the manual has been completely rewritten to ensure compliance. When the TSMS Manual and Office audit was conducted in August 2017, Weeks was found in full compliance with Subchapter M, with no deficiencies noted. Recently, two Weeks tugboats, the 2,000 HP Elizabeth, and the 3,000 HP Katherine, underwent audits conducted by ABS, and both boats passed with flying colors. These vessels will be issued Certificates of Inspection by USCG in July of this year. Ronnie Clifford, Port Captain in the Marine Services Division, noted, “We are one of the first companies in NY to apply for COI’s for our Towing fleet.” Subchapter M is a significant stride within the maritime industry to reduce incidents and create a more comprehensive safety culture.



Part 136 Certification

Part 139 Third Party Organizations

Part 142 Fire Protection

Part 137 Vessel Compliance

Part 140 Operations

Part 143 Machinery and Electrical Systems and Equipment

Part 138 Towing Safety Management System

Part 141 Lifesaving

Part 144 Construction and Arrangement


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Dry Docking • Dry docking requirements which stipulate that a towing vessel must be dry docked twice in a 5 year period.

Safety Management Manual

Audits & Surveys • Office audits to be conducted twice in a five year period by a TPO. • Vessels shall be internally audited annually.

• Companies operating towing vessels must develop a Towing Management Safety Manual (TSMS).

• American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will conduct annual surveys to ensure adherence to the vessels issued Certificates of Inspection (COI).

• Manual needs to undergo review & approval by a Third Party Organization (TPO) working on behalf of the USCG (i.e. ABS, Lloyds, DNV, TVIB, etc.)

• Vessels will undergo external ABS audits once every five years - Issuance of COI upon satisfactory audit findings.




Stretch & Flex Culture


Weeks’ Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental team (HS&E) developed a new safety program in 2017, in coordination with representatives from all divisions, to create awareness and provide ongoing opportunities for education and training around the industry’s most prevalent safety challenges. Project managers and site supervisors were encouraged to engage with employees around monthly safety topics, and HS&E compiled and distributed educational tools and materials to facilitate proper and relevant safety training on all worksites.

As part of a continued focus on Health & Wellness in 2018, a new Stretch & Flex program has been adopted company-wide. Daily stretching provides time to prepare for the day ahead, and has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of workplace injury. Weeks’ Stetch & Flex program continues to receive positive feedback from employees and management. The hope is that the proactive momentum of this program will carry forward to all aspects of employees’ lives.





Morton Salt Dock Great Inagua, Bahamas Salt production is the main industry on Great Inagua in the Bahamas. Morton Salt Company’s solar salt fields span over 30,000 acres, or approximately 8 percent of the island.



Weeks Marine began construction in November 2016 on Morton Salt’s Marine Terminal in Great Inagua, Bahamas. The Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) project included repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, in addition to regular maintenance work and some new construction improvements.




Morton Salt Dock Jobsite Great Inagua Island



Weeks’ Morton Salt Dock project crew in August 2017.

The Weeks project team was on site for the duration of the work, with Engineering & Procurement support coordinated from the Houston, TX office. The crew had about 15 operators, pile drivers, and welders that all had previous experience on Weeks Marine projects. It also included 12 local employees from Great Inagua, working as blaster/painters, laborers, and mechanics.


The hurricane relief work included the removal of debris and a sunken mooring platform, along with the demolition of some of the severely damaged breasting dolphins and support piles. The WEEKS 47, a 140’ deck barge, was outfitted for the project with self-elevating spuds, and was devoted to the maintenance coating work, which was completed from a manlift on deck. The crew coated 1,000 feet of existing access trestle, and recoated the steel pipe piles and concrete caps. The existing breasting and loading structures were repaired and repurposed as maintenance and service platforms. The new construction scope of the project encompassed new breasting and loading structures, including support piles, steel and concrete platforms; and installation of new breasting and mooring dolphins, a new stacker support platform, stacker radial beam, and the installation of a new stacker.

The WEEKS 571, a 110 ton capacity floating crane with a 176’ boom, was on site for the full length of the project, and was utilized for heavy lifts, pile driving activities, and to support all of the marine work. WEEKS’ 297 & 2222 material barges were also used on site for material storage, while the 2,000 hp Tug Robert provided towing, mobilization, and demobilization support. Completed in August 2017, this project successfully reestablished and improved Morton Salt’s capability of loading vessels efficiently and in safe conditions.

Weeks’ Project Team Project Manager

Ram Galvan

Project Engineer

Joaquin Iglesias John Kelley Project Superintendent

Jesse Rangel Field Engineer

Victor Huerta EP Manager

Mark Kelly

EP Manager Assistant

Ario Mirfatahi




The Simple Formula for Living Words from a Quaker Newsletter • Live beneath your means. • Return everything you borrow. • Stop blaming other people. • Admit when you make a mistake. • Give clothes to charity. • Do something nice, and try not to get caught. • Listen more; talk less. • Every day take a 30-minute walk. • Strive for excellence, not perfection. • Be on time. • Don’t make excuses. • Don’t argue. • Get organized. • Be kind to people. • Be kind to unkind people. • Let someone cut ahead of you in line. • Take time to be alone. • Cultivate good manners. • Be humble. • Realize and accept that life isn’t fair. • Know when to keep your mouth shut. • Go an entire day without criticizing anyone. • Learn from the past. • Plan for the future. • Live in the present. • Don’t sweat the small stuff. • It’s all small stuff.

In memory of our friend,

BRANNIN JAMES BEEKS September 13, 1974 - April 26, 2018

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