GLDD on track with fleet modernization program

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) has announced an update on its fourth quarter 2022 operations.

Revenues and gross profit margins for fourth quarter 2022 are expected to be lower than previously anticipated.

These results were impacted by the earlier than expected retirement of the Terrapin Island hopper dredge, significant weather delays on several projects in the northeast and some project production issues.

Additionally, unexpected drydocking scope increases resulted in additional costs and delays for the hopper dredges Ellis Island and Padre Island.

The Padre Island is now out of drydock and in operation and the Ellis Island is out of drydock and  expected to be in operation before year end. 

Lasse Petterson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Great Lakes said: “This has been a challenging year driven by an extremely slow bid market in the first half of 2022, rampant inflation, supply chain delays and more than the usual number of differing site conditions on projects.”

“We are proactively taking steps to minimize the impact of these external factors as we are rationalizing older assets like the previously announced retirement of the Terrapin Island, cold stacking several of our oldest and least productive dredges and aggressively reducing other costs.”

“We are on track with our fleet modernization program and our newbuild hopper dredge, the Galveston Island, is on schedule to be operational in the second quarter of 2023.

“As we see the bid market start to recover in 2023, we can quickly reactivate the cold stacked vessels to take advantage of the improving market. We believe we are proactively taking the right steps adjusting to the current market conditions and expect to see their positive effects as we go into next year.”