Image source: DamenThe Westport Marina dredging program in Washington, undertaken by a Damen DOP250 with cutter unit, is currently underway.The DOP250 and its cutter unit are powered by the hydraulic power pack. The DOP250 works at a dredging depth of -8m. It pumps the harbor sludge through a 250 mm floating pipe line over some 1100 m to a settling field.Image source: DamenThe job, which started in September, is carried out using a large excavator John Deere 470 equipped with a long-reach boom and stick, based on a pontoon.This pontoon can be repositioned in the marina easily as per the progress of the dredging job.At the back of the excavator, a Power Pack is mounted.Westport Marina is the home of Washington State’s largest charter fishing fleet. The harbor badly needed maintenance dredging as the last dredging work was undertaken some 39 years ago.As the marina is packed with jetties, the job has to be carried out in a controlled manner. The DOP250 is positioned between 2 berths maneuvering the excavator’s boom.This way the sediment built up over the last decades can be removed entirely.
Press Association Rory McIlroy has been urged to try Castle Stuart for himself after it was confirmed the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will return there in 2016. But it remains to be seen whether he will change his opinion of Castle Stuart to play there in 2016 ahead of the Open at Royal Troon. Castle Stuart general manager Stuart McColm said: “The disappointment for me is that Rory has never been. I don’t know how he can say something about a golf course he has never seen. “Why doesn’t he come up there and play it before making up his mind.” In addition to confirming the venues for the next two years, it was also revealed on Sunday that next year’s Scottish Open will be preceded by a new 54-hole qualifying event which will offer six places in the tournament to Scottish golfers. European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said: “Together with the Scottish Government and Aberdeen Asset Management, we are delighted to announce Gullane and Castle Stuart as the next two venues for the championship. “At Gullane we will be treated to one of the game’s most historical venues, while Castle Stuart will once again showcase a truly modern links test.” Ahead of competing at Royal Aberdeen this week, McIlroy said that he had not played the Scottish Open in recent years because Castle Stuart – host from 2011 to 2013 – did not provide “a true links test” in the week before the Open Championship. The two-time major winner is likely to approve of Sunday’s confirmation that a composite course made up from 15 holes of Gullane No 1 and three from Gullane No 2 will host the tournament next year.