We had a very successful Washington, D.C. fly-in this past week.
It was a good and solid effort made by all to demonstrate the
resolve of the U.S-Flag dredging industry.The Dredging
Contractors of America (DCA) is appreciative of the time and
attention Congressional Leaders and Trump Administration
Officials gave to our private sector U.S.-Flag dredging industry.
The DCA delegation to Capitol Hill was led by industry leaders
Devon Carlock (Cottrell Contracting), Bill Hanson (Great Lakes
Dredge & Dock Company), Phyllis Harden (Pine Bluff Sand &
Gravel), Dan Hussin (Manson Construction, Co.), Chris Kirk (Jay
Cashman, Inc.), Fred Paup (Manson Construction) and Ted Smith
"I am pleased with the success of this fly-in to Washington, DC,"
said Dredging Contractors of America CEO and Executive Director
William P. Doyle. Our companies ensure that the Americas' ports
are big ship ready for expediting U.S. Exports." Doyle continued,
"The U.S dredging industry has the capacity to fulfill all
dredging projects in the United States. The U.S.-flagged dredging
fleet totals more than 400 dredges."
DCA's Michael Gerhardt stated, "The U.S.-flag dredging industry
is in a period of strong growth. This sector has invested over a
billion dollars recently in U.S. shipyards constructing
approximately 30 new vessels including dredges, barges, tugs and
- The U.S.-flagged dredging fleet, both private and
state-owned, totals more than 400 dredges and spans 350+
- The U.S. dredging industry is highly competitive with over 50
different companies awarded federal work each year and 80
different companies bidding on that work each year.
- The U.S. dredging industry is in the midst of a $1
billion-plus capital construction campaign.
- New investments include 3 large cutter suction dredges, two
large hopper dredges, and approximately 50 barges built in
shipyards all across the U.S.
- Dredging plays a growing role in restoring, preserving and
protecting our beaches, wetlands, and barrier islands. By
restoring land, dredging is leading to more productive, healthy
natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat preservation.
- The American dredging sector is part of the wider U.S.
maritime industry-shipyards, vessel operators, and maritime
labor-and is responsible for nearly 500,000 jobs with more than
$100 billion in annual economic output, and over $29 billion in
employee compensation, requiring that all vessels in domestic
commerce be American-owned, controlled, built, documented, and
- The dredging companies are part of the Jones Act family,
responsible for $10 billion in annual tax revenue and $49 billion
in annual value added to the economy.
- The U.S. dredging industry partners with the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers to efficiently execute its navigation mission
The Dredging Contractors of America would like to thank Congress
and the Administration for meeting with the dredging industry,
- Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)
- Senator Tim Kaine (VA)
- Senator Clair McCaskill (MO)
- Senator Joe Donnelly (IN)
- Senator Tina Smith (MN)
- Congressman Jim Cooper (TN)
- Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)
- Clay Higgins (LA)
- Congressman French Hill (AZ)
- Congressman Francis Rooney (FL)
- Congressman Peter Roskam (IL)
- Congressman Randy Weber (TX)
"We thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for their time
in meeting with the dredging companies," William Doyle said. "I
want to personally thank Admiral Mark Buzby, Administrator of
the U.S. Maritime Administration; Skip Elliott, Administrator
of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
(PHMSA) and Drue Pearce, Deputy PHMSA Administrator and their
staffs for making time in their schedules to meet with us."
The Dredging Contractors of America is a non-profit trade
association that represents the interests of the U.S. dredging
and marine construction industry and its members for over 30
years. DCA members improve the quality and responsiveness of
dredging service delivery to the United States of America,
ensuring that America's ports, waterways, wetlands
beaches are efficiently constructed and maintained in an
environmentally sustainable manner using innovative methods and
American ingenuity. As part of the U.S. fleet, American dredging
companies support national security, homeland security
economic security. DCA serves as a vital resource to various
other maritime industry groups for dredging expertise, both in
Washington and across the country. It is a respected industry
partner for its ability to bring together a broad base of
industry stakeholders and decision-makers to engage in open
forums and continue the discourse concerning policy issues
important to the industry as a whole.
The Honorable William P. Doyle is Executive Director and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dredging of America
(DCA). He was formerly Commissioner with the U.S. Federal
Maritime Commission. Doyle served over a decade as an officer in
the U.S. Merchant Marine as an engineer aboard numerous classes
of vessels. He is a licensed attorney and marine engineer. A
graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he also earned
his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.