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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) – Fleet Renewal Program Moving Forward

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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. In addition, Great Lakes is fully engaged in expanding its core business into the rapidly developing offshore wind energy industry. The Company has a long history of performing significant international projects. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions. In its over 131-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of approximately 200 specialized vessels. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. The Company’s Incident-and Injury-Free® (IIF®) safety management program is integrated into all aspects of the Company’s culture. The Company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.

Joe Gomes, Senior Research Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Fleet Renewal. Great Lakes announced the Galveston Island is in the water and is scheduled to be in operation in the first half of 2023. The Galveston Island provides Great Lakes with additional capacity and improved efficiencies. The new vessel will  have a positive impact on Great Lakes’ competitiveness in the coastal protection and maintenance markets as well as address the specific needs in the growing offshore wind market, in our view. Next step is to undergo sea trials, which we expect will happen shortly.

Introducing the Galveston Island. Originally announced in June 2020, the Galveston Island is a 6,500-cubic-yard-capacity Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge. The dredge will be equipped with a direct high-power pump-ashore installation, dredging system automation, dynamic positioning and tracking, U.S. EPA Tier IV compliant engines, and have capabilities of running on biofuel to minimize the environmental impact. Cost to build was around $100 million.


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