Dredging Summit Abuja 2012.
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Unique Italian-built dredger for the UK.
is working with Goodchild Marine to manufacture a purpose built dredger
for a marina operator that manages over 3,500 berths spread across 8
ports around the British coast. The dredger´s unique design means
that it can be used for maintenance dredging throughout the year, even
in the summer when the marinas are at their busiest. As the dredger
has both a rear rudder propeller and front thruster it is extremely
easy to manoeuvre within tight spaces. This flexibility is further enhanced
by the dredger´s specially-designed spuds which allow it to walk
on the water bed, providing very accurate and controlled vessel movement
in and around tight berths. With no need for anchors or mooring wires
whilst working, the dredger causes no disruption to marina traffic.
Another important feature of this low-noise,
one-man operated dredger, is its revolutionary dredging ladder with
swivel joints that allow the dredging head to reach right up to clean
thoroughly under marina pontoons and walkways doing away with the need
to dismantle the same. When not working, the dredging arm, as well as
the spuds, can be folded away on board the dredger itself. This facilitates
dredger transportation between different locations as the complete vessel
can travel, ready assembled, on a single lorry.
Corps of Engineers embarks
on hurricane recovery effort
The New York District of the US Army Corps of Engineers says it is carrying
out missions to support recovery efforts in the New York City region
following Hurricane Sandy, including in New York City, parts of northern
New Jersey and Long Island.
New York District’s Emergency Operations Center has been active
since last week and District personnel are working with local, state
and federal officials to assess the damages caused by Sandy, which brought
a great deal of coastal flooding and other damage throughout the region.
“Hurricane Sandy was a historic storm and brought coastal storm
surge and flooding like has never been seen in many areas and our thoughts
and prayers are with everyone that’s been impacted,” said
New York District Commander Col Paul E Owen.
“The Army Corps is committed to working with our local, state
and federal partners as the recovery process moves forward.”
An Army Corps team of unwatering experts has been deployed from the
Corps’ Rock Island District in Illinois to New York City to provide
technical support as the city and the Metropolitan Transit Authority
determine the best way forward in the complex task of unwatering parts
of lower Manhattan and the New York City subway system. They are providing
support to local and state unwatering efforts.
IADC appoints new President
The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has
appointed Peter de Ridder as its new President of the Board.
The IADC is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the
private dredging industry, dedicated to promoting the skills, integrity
and reliability of its members, as well as the economic, social and
environmental influence of the dredging industry in general. The IADC
has over one hundred main and associated members.
Mr De Ridder has been employed at Van Oord, an IADC member company,
for almost 40 years. He started his career with Van Oord in 1973 at
one of the premier maritime infrastructure projects of its day, the
Eastern Scheldt barrier, working first as a surveyor and later on as
In 1981 he became project manager at Van Oord’s first major overseas
offshore project in Australia. From 1983 to 1991 he was operation manager
for Van Oord Offshore and from 1991 to 1994 manager of Van Oord’s
Engineering and Estimating department.
As of 1994 Mr De Ridder joined the Board of Van Oord ACZ and, after
the merger with Ballast Ham Dredging in 2003, was appointed Chief Operating
Officer of the Board of Van Oord nv, a position he continues to hold.
Van Oord strengthens Executive
After a long career of nearly 40 years COO PHG (Peter) de Ridder will
be leaving Van Oord to retire on 1 January 2013.
The Supervisory Board of Van Oord has, in consultation with the Executive
Board, decided to strengthen the Executive Board with two Van Oord members.
JBEM (Joep) Athmer (57) and CA (Niels) de Bruijn (49) will be appointed
member of the Executive Board with effect from 1 January 2013.
Both have a long record of service with the company. During his almost
30 year career Mr Athmer was responsible for amongst others operations
in Hong Kong, the UK, Ireland and the world-wide offshore activities.
Niels de Bruijn was responsible for activities in Spain, the Middle
East and Asia/Australia during his twenty year career with the company.
As of 1 January next the Executive Board of Van Oord consists of P (Pieter)
van Oord CEO, PW (Paul Verheul) COO, AJ (Arjan) van de Kerk CFO, JBEM
(Joep) Athmer and CA (Niels) de Bruijn.
DSC confirms delivery of dustpan
In August 2012, DSC in the US delivered its first dustpan dredge to
Loup Power District, the provider of reliable, low-cost electricity
to customers throughout Boone, Colfax, Nance, and Platte counties, and
a portion of Madison county in Nebraska.
The new dredge replaces Loup’s existing dredge, which had been
in service since the company began its operations over 75 years ago.
The DSC dustpan dredge is critical to Loup’s operations as it
removes sand and sediment from the settling basin, allowing water to
flow into the Loup Power Canal to the powerhouses to ultimately generate
DSC’s Eddie Cicardo, Field Service Technician, led the commissioning
and testing of the dredge and trained Loup operators on their new equipment.
The new dredge is more powerful, proficient, and reliable, allowing
Loup to operate more efficiently.
The State of Nigerian
Dredges: A New Dredge Repair Yard.
Many dredges being
offered by dredge owners for contracts in the Nigerian industry right
now are far from healthy. There are stories of dredges being paid for
and on mobilization to site, they begin to manifest serious problems
of disrepair. For many days or weeks or months, the client cannot have
his milestones met because the dredge is down while efforts are being
made to buy spare parts or to bring experienced mechanics to perform
Describing this ugly situation, Sir Isaac Chuks, CEO of Funq Tai Engineering
Company, summed it up that many “Nigerian dredges work for two
hours and spoil for five hours”. Read more.
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