International Firms Plan Large-Scale Operations In The Beaufort Sea

A joint venture called Arctic Dredging and Construction (ADCON) has recently been formed to engage in large-scale offshore construction projects required for development of oil resources in the Beaufort Sea.

The new organization brings together the experience, equipment and operational capabilities of four international firms—IHC Holland, Rotterdam; Crowley Maritime Corporation, San Francisco, Calif.; Dredging International, Antwerp, Belgium, and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, Chicago, 111.

The initial service of ADCON will be the construction of artificial, gravel islands for exploraing tory drilling, production and support facilities.

IHC Holland is a world leader in the engineering and building of dredges and specialized machinery for the marine construction industry. The company's role in the joint venture will be to design the specialized dredging equipment required for Beaufort Sea service.

Crowley Maritime Corporation, an international marine transportation firm, was the primary transporter of equipment and supplies to Prudhoe Bay for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project. Northwestern Construction Company, a Crowley subsidiary, has completed a significant number of construction projects in Alaska. Crowley Environmental Services, another subsidiary, provides preventive services for environmental protection and immediate response in the case of offshore pollution emergencies.

Dredging International is one of the world's largest dredging c o n t r a c t o r s and has over 100 years of operating experience. It has carried out projects on a worldwide basis involving land reclamation, harbor extension, improvement of waterways and canal construction.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company has more than 80 years of experience in international dredging and marine construction. The company is continually developing new techniques for work in exposed offshore areas where unfavorable climatic conditions exist.

Arctic Dredging and Construction will be based in Seattle, Wash.

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