U.S. dredging industry continues with $2.5B in newbuilds

The U.S. dredging industry is highly competitive and saves the taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

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In 2022, according to The Mike Hooks Report, An Analysis of the FY22 U.S. Federal Dredging Market, compiled in September 2023 finds the following:

  • Fifty-two Jones Act Dredging Companies were awarded federal dredging contracts in FY2022,
  • On average there were three bidders per project,
  • On twenty projects there were five or more bidders,
  • Seventy-two percent of the time the private sector industry winning bid was lower than the Independent Government Estimate (IGE),
  • Ninety-five percent of the time the private sector industry winning bid was lower than the Government Estimated Awardable Range (GEAR), which is IGE + 25%,
  • Fifty-nine projects lower by more than 10%, 27 projects lower by more than 25%, and 15 projects lower by more than 40%.

This means that the U.S. private sector dredging industry is fiercely competitive and is delivering services that saves the federal government, and therefore the taxpayer, hundreds of millions – $670M in FY22 alone, the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) said.

New construction of Jones Act dredges – U.S. owned, built and crewed vessels have been rolling off the blocks for the past five years and will continue into the foreseeable future – over $2.5Billion in recapitalization.

Let’s review the shipyard order books on the publicly available announcements:

The FY2022 Mike Hooks Report is authored by Michael Gerhardt, Sr. VP of Dredging Contractors of America member company Mike Hooks, LLC.