THE 6TH NIGERIAN DREDGING SUMMIT,
EXHIBITION AND AWARDS, ABUJA 2012.
THEME: RIVER DREDGING AND SAND
MINING – THE
ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS.
The 6th edition of the Nigerian Dredging Summit and Exhibition
will take place as follows:
Date: Thursday and Friday, September 20th and 21st, 2012.
Venue: Rockview Hotel Royale, Wuse 2, Abuja.
BRIEF PROFILE OF THE INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATION DETAILS.
The recent dredging of the Lower River Niger and the new plan to dredge
the Benue stand out as signposts to a very important industry. Coupled
with the annual dredging campaigns to keep our river ports navigable
year-round and the search for river sharp sand, Nigeria is probably
one of the busiest maritime locales in the international dredging industry.
Participants at this Summit will deliberate on how to manage the economies
of dredging and sand mining with the precautions for environmental best
Dredging the river ports and inland waterways of Nigeria remain the
key procedures for tapping their economic advantages to the fullest.
In the same vein, sand mining from rivers, streams, natural and man-made
lakes continue to supply the nation millions of cubic metres of sharp
sand annually for road construction, real estate development, beach
replenishment and even remediation of oil spills, etc. What are the
aggregate business opportunities in the sector and in what direction
of growth is the industry going?
On the other hand, the environmental precautions for these beneficial
activities must be keenly observed if maximal potentials would be reaped
in the sector. In view of the challenges of Nigeria’s emerging
economy, how do dredging operators observe environmentally sound methods
of operations or how do they comply with extant environmental laws?
These are some of the questions the 6th Nigerian Dredging Summit will
tackle via seminars and technical presentations.
Moreover, the 6th edition of the Nigerian Dredging Summit and Exhibition
offers an auspicious occasion to invite all the stakeholders to a gathering
that will chart the way to achieve enhanced inland waterway transportation,
so as to utilize to the fullest extent the opportunities and benefits
of the Lower River Niger dredging, River Benue dredging and the beach
replenishment projects done in coastal states of the Niger Delta.
“THE NIGERIAN DREDGING HONOURS AWARD”
Thirdly, this 6th Summit will confer awards of honor on deserving organizations.
The full list of awardees will be circulated in due course. Titled “The
Nigerian Dredging Honours Award”, this ceremony will be put together
in close collaboration with the local Dredging Association which will
also control the list of awardees yearly in order to nurture a healthy
The major stakeholders in the industry, some of whom would also be conferred
with honors include: the Federal Ministry of Transport, Nigerian Ports
Authority, National Inland Waterways Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency, Lagos Channel Management, Bonny Channel Company;
some state governments bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Rivers Niger
and Benue such as Lagos state, River State, Delta State, Akwa Ibom State;
reputable local and foreign Nestoil Group (B & Q Dredging), Julius
Berger, Westminster Dredging, Dredging International, Van Oord, Jan
de Nul, and many others. We hope to draw them to this year’s expanded
EXHIBITION GALLERY /MARKETING
As usual, there will be opportunities for equipment vendors and service
providers to show off their wares via an Exhibition gallery. Organizations
that are interested in taking up Exhibition spaces should contact the
organizers as soon as possible via email or telephone. Another marketing
avenue during the occasion is the Summit’s Colour Brochure where
adverts can be placed. This Brochure which is distributed free of charge
to all participants holds useful information and contact details of
participating companies, regulatory agencies and other service providers
which could come in handy later on.
THE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
For a long time, serious industry operators have desired the facility
and boost that come with belonging to a proactive association of stakeholders
in the dredging industry. The Association is coming on stream now with
the registration of an umbrella organization which is open for membership
to all interested concerned parties. More information on this development
will be circulated before the kick-off of the 6th Nigerian Dredging
Summit, Exhibition and Awards. At any time, interested stakeholders
can email us for more details about membership and other association’s
SOME OF THE PAPERS FOR PRESENTATION AT THE 6TH NIGERIAN DREDGING SUMMIT.
1. “The River Niger and Benue Dredging: Federal Government’s
Transformative Agenda and the Dredging Sector in Nigeria” by the
2. “Optimizing the Management of Economic Channels: (i) Siltation
Study of Nigerian Navigation Channels, and (ii) The Need for Dykes to
Reduce Siltation Buildup in Main Channels” by CARES (Coastal and
Reclamation Engineering Services).
3. “Managing a Viable Dredging Company: Bidding For Dredging Projects:
The Variations For IOCs, Government Public Sector Projects And Sand
Mining” by by Tony Enebeli, CBS Marine.
4. “The Role Of Federal Ministry Of Environment In Large Capital
Dredging Works Involving Wreck Survey And Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA)” by Federal Ministry of Environment.
5. “Regulating The Dredging Industry Via Cabotage Law And Mining
Statutes” by NIMASA and Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
6. “Dredging And Sand-Mining Activities In Delicate Coastal Environments:
Challenges and Precautions” by Lagos State Ministry of Energy
and Mineral Resources.
7. “Large-scale Sea Reclamations: The Making of Eko Atlantic City”
REASONS FOR THE NIGERIAN DREDGING SUMMIT.
1. Dredging is fast becoming one of the emergent industries in Nigeria
for accomplishing projects belonging to federal, state and local governments,
as well as serving the various needs of oil field operating companies.
It is also now becoming useful for private sector real estate development
through the demand for sand. Since the 1960s and even before then, the
need for capital and maintenance dredging for harbors have kept many
dredging firms constantly busy. In recent times, many startup Nigerian
firms have joined the ranks of foreign dredging contractors, so that
dredging in Nigeria today has come to stay and is now widening in scope.
2. In view of foregoing, there is an increasing need for best practices
to be instituted for the guidance of stakeholders: the users of dredging
services, dredging contractors and operators, consultants and various
service providers and clients. Especially for new entrants into the
sector, there is the need for dissemination of adequate knowledge and
information about rules and regulations and technical know-how to improve
the industry from time to time.
3. In addition to addressing foregoing issues, the Nigerian Dredging
Summit has also been effective as a marketing arena and a meeting place
for dredging and dredge equipment makers and vendors as well as a place
for interaction between environmental engineers, consultants, academics
and governmental regulatory agencies for the exchange of ideas and meaningful
debates of existing policies.
4. An umbrella association of serious dredging stakeholders will be
unfolded at this year’s summit, exhibition and awards.
5. A longer list of invitees, including many of the riverine states
have been invited to the 6th Nigerian Dredging Summit for the purposes
of fast-tracking the adoption of proactive measures for enhanced usage
of marine transportation to solve urban transport problems.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING…
1. Local and international exposure for participants.
2. Up to 10 or more staff of each participating organization can be
accommodated to experience the interaction, exposure and training that
comes with the event.
3. Staff morale is usually boosted by involving them in this event and
they return to their desks more motivated and enlightened to deliver
quality service and performance at their jobs.
4. Each participating organization will have the option of addressing
the delegates on the various statutory mandates of their establishments
and new developments and thus promote the implementation of government
or company policies needed to achieve governmental budgetary or corporate
aspirations. Companies get an opportunity for sales talk via Powerpoint
5. Board members of the participating agencies or organizations can
attend if they want.
6. Interaction with professionals in the dredging sector will likely
yield possible future collaboration between the public and the private
sectors in various areas of the economy.
NIGERIA’S DREDGING SECTOR…
River and Harbour Dredging
River dredging to deepen shipping channels began in Nigeria in 1906
when the colonial authorities placed a dredger at the Lagos port access
to the Atlantic Ocean for the removal of sand shoals. The shoals had
made entrance for big ships into the harbor difficult.
As ships got bigger with deeper draught, the need for more and rigorous
dredging of both access channels, turning basins and berths became all
the more compelling. The more the number of river ports increased, especially
after the Nigerian civil war, the larger became the programme for harbor
With the addition of special navigational needs like the very high and
increasing throughput at the Lagos Ports Complex and exigencies of greater
movements of gas carriers for the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas at
Bonny near Port Harcourt, the NPA has had to involve dredging management
companies to oversee a dedicated channel dredging system for uninterruptible
service. Almost always, some dredging project for the NPA is underway
in some rivers of the country all the year round, with Warri, Escravos
and Calabar now ongoing.
On the other hand, the first leg of the dredging of the Lower River
Niger commenced in 2008 and gulped over N36 billion paid by the federal
government via the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) which
manages inland water transport regulation. Six dredging companies and
same number of consultants were engaged on the project which was declared
completed in 2011. The distance covered ranged from Warri via Forcados
and the bifurcation at River Nun, and up river to Onitsha, Ida, Lokoja
and Baro, over 500km; river ports were constructed or refurbished at
the last four locations. By far, the campaigns along the inland waterways
and harbor dredging form the bulk of public sector dredging projects
in Nigeria today.
This is the quest for sharp sand or red earth, the former is dredged
from rivers and lakes while the latter is mined from surface soils and
forests. More than 90% of all dredging activities take place in the
Niger Delta and south west Nigerian states bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
The need mainly is for filling materials and mortar for road and housing
constructions. Lagos enjoys the pride of place as the leading location
for highest use of sand due to the massive road projects, the housing
boom in Ibeju-Lekki peninsula, Badagry and other fast-springing population
and industrial centres. The famous Eko Atlantic City, where some high
net-worth investors are investing to reclaim over 1,000 hectares from
the Atlantic Ocean at Bar Beach in a public-private initiative with
the Lagos State Government. The reclamation will require the dumping
of 95 million cubic metres of sand procured from the sea.
In addition to all these, there are more than one hundred reputable
small-scale dredging firms engaged in the business of sand mining from
water bodies all over the riverine areas of the country. They also supply
the same market for road construction and housing developments.
Oil and Gas Sector and other sub-sectors…
For all swamp operations of the IOCs, like Shell, Mobil, Agip, etc,
much dredging services are usually employed. These are for well-head
sweeping, canalization, channelization in rivers and small streams,
remediation in situations of oil spill, etc. As of 2008, over 65% of
Shell’s swamp activities require dredging services of various
kinds. In view of the so-called mono-crop nature of Nigeria’s
economy, this translates to a sensitive business which is handled by
the dredging sector for the IOCs.
Participation Options at the 6th Nigerian Dredging Summit, Exhibition
Individual Attendance fee: N75,000.00 per delegate.
Corporate Participants: N250,000.00 for 3 delegates.
Additional corporate participants N50,000.00 each.
Cost of Booth: N250,000.00 per booth (measuring 3m x 3m, 9sq m.).
Cost of Table: N120,000.00 (A 2-seat Table).
Advertisement rates for the Colour Brochure:
Outside Back Cover N250,000.00
Inside Front Page N200,000.00
Inside Back Cover N180,000.00
Full page N150,000.00
Half Page N95,000.00
MODE OF PAYMENT
Two modes of payment are acceptable.
1. By cheque, made payable to: DREDGE SKILLS AND MARINE TRAINING CENTRE
2. Or by bank transfer / E-Payment to our bank accounts as follows:
To request payment invoices, please contact the secretariat by email
Discounted room rates are available to delegates who wish to stay
in any of our partner hotels, including Rockview Hotel, venue of the
here to download or view available hotel room rates. For details,
please contact us as soon as possible.
Rates with Discounts.
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