LA - Mike Hooks Dredging Company Inks Agreement with Mobile Pulley Works for Construction of New Cutter Suction Dredge

Mike Hooks, LLC of West Lake, Louisiana announced it will be building a new state-of-the-art cutter suction dredge. Originally founded in 1945 by Mike and Lorraine Hooks, the company is now entering its fourth generation of family ownership and remains dedicated to its mission of enabling economic growth through safe and sustainable dredging, marine construction, and environmental remediation along the Gulf Coast.

Mike Hooks owners Kim Hooks McMahon and Ronnie Hooks are looking forward to the continuation of their hardworking family legacy, stating “Our new 27-inch dredge will be named the ‘Lorraine Hooks’” after the beloved matriarch and wife of the founder Mike Hooks.

Mobile Pulley Works (MPW) Jones Act shipyard of Mobile, Alabama, has been awarded Hooks’ Capital Improvements Contract which will include the design and construction of the 27-inch cutter suction dredge.

Commenting on the award, MPW owner Billy Prine said they have a longstanding relationship with Hooks, dating back to its first project with them in the 1970s, and according to Prine, “After 45 years it feels like family.”

The new CSD Lorraine Hooks is being designed to the latest industry standards to maximize safety, comfort, and efficiency. The dredge will house on-board crew accommodations to provide comfort and convenience for personnel while they are onboard. The new accommodations and lever control room will be constructed on vibration mounts to reduce fatigue caused by harmonic vibrations and noise levels. The design process will take all environmental considerations into account and will use a “Green Passport,” as conceived by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to track and inventory all materials used in the construction of the new vessel. The dredge will be constructed in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and the latest requirements established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the implementation of the Dredging Quality Management (DQM) program.

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