wins contracts worth €100 million in Brazil and the Bahamas
Van Oord has won two orders in Brazil and the Bahamas. The Brazilian
project involves dredging work for the construction of a new shipyard
in Aracruz, Brazil. The client is Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA), a
Brazilian subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong Shipyard from
In the Bahamas, three ports will be upgraded on the instructions of
the Ministry of National Security as part of the Sandy Bottom Project.
The orders have a joint contract value of more than €100 million
The execution of both projects has already started.
The project in Brazil will be completed in late 2014. The work in the
Bahamas will be completed in early 2016.
Van Oord will carry out dredging work as part of the construction of
the Jurong Aracruz shipyard in the state of Espírito Santo. The
shipyard has been designed for the building and maintenance of specialist
vessels and infrastructure for the oil and gas industry in Brazil.
The work involves the construction of an access channel, turning basin
and moorings at the quays. A total of six million m3 of material will
be dredged for the construction of the new port. Van Oord will be deploying
a large cutter suction dredger. The dredged material will be loaded
into and removed by sand carriers.
The project in the Bahamas is part of a programme involving the acquisition
of vessels and upgrading work at three ports. The vessels will be delivered
by Damen Shipyards Group. Van Oord is responsible for the design and
the execution of dredging activity and civil engineering work.
The dredging work involves deepening access channels and ports. Van
Oord is deploying a backhoe to carry out the work. The civil engineering
work involves the constructions of quay walls, breakwaters, buildings,
jetties, moorings and facings.
Van Oord will also be undertaking coral rehabilitation as part of the
Sandy Bottom project. This involves distributing coral cultivated in
a mobile laboratory, known as the ReefGuard. Earlier this year, Van
Oord completed a similar project on the Ningaloo Reef in Australia.
Boskalis consortium awarded
Singapore dredging and reclamation deal
A consortium including Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded work
associated with the expansion of the Singapore Tuas Mega Port development.
Jurong Town Corporation awarded the reclamation project of Tuas Finger
One to the consortium including Hyundai, Samsung, Penta Ocean, Boskalis
and Van Oord. The total value of the contract is SG$960 million and
the combined Boskalis/Van Oord share is approximately EUR 100 million.
It is expected that the majority of the 24.5 million cubic meters of
sand required for this project will be supplied over long distances
by bulk carriers. In addition to the land reclamation work, the consortium
will undertake dredging and construct 3.4km quay wall. Work is set to
start within the next couple of weeks and will last until late 2018.
UK: woman missing after collision
Various sources report that a woman is missing at sea after her yacht
collided with a dredger and sank off the Suffolk coast. According to
The Telegraph newspaper, a search and rescue helicopter and several
lifeboats scoured the waters off Felixstowe for the unnamed woman after
the collision earlier on Sunday.
The yacht was so badly damaged after the collision with the 5,000 ton
dredger Shoreway that it sank within minutes. A man on-board was pulled
to safety by the Cyprus-registered dredger’s crew and taken to
hospital, but his female companion remains missing. The collision around
a mile off Felixstowe at 1.30pm took place in clear conditions.
The Telegraph said a rescue team from Felixstowe, two lifeboats from
Harwich, one from Walton-on-the-Naze and two harbour boats from Harwich
searched for the woman, with a helicopter from RAF Wattisham. Commercial
vessels and pleasure craft have also joined the search. Both the yacht’s
crew and their two dogs wore life-jackets, designed to keep the wearer
afloat and face up.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: "Thames Coastguard
is this afternoon coordinating a search after a yacht was in collision
with a dredger approximately one mile off Felixstowe.
"One person on board the yacht was pulled to safety, however another
person is unaccounted for at this time.” The dredger was working
off Felixstowe as part of a new quay extension.
African trade mission sees
Ellicott sign Nigerian dredge deals
US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has concluded her visit to Africa
with a stop in Ethiopia, where she met with President Mulatu Teshome
and private sector leaders to discuss ways to increase bilateral trade
and investment between the US and Ethiopia. Secretary Pritzker underscored
the US commitment to renewal of the African Growth and Opportunities
Act (AGOA) as one tool that will continue to deepen trade relations
between the US and Ethiopia, and the entire African continent.
AGOA allows 6,400 products from eligible Sub-Saharan African countries
to enter the US duty free. In 2013, US imports under AGOA totaled US$26.8
billion, and the Obama Administration is committed to renewing AGOA
before it expires in 2015.
Secretary Pritzker also led a delegation of 20 US businesses on a trade
mission to Ghana and Nigeria focused on Africa’s energy sector.
The trade mission was meant to further President Obama’s goal,
as outlined in the Administration’s Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan
Africa, of furthering trade and investment relationships across the
African continent, which is home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing
economies in the world.
“American companies are in Africa and more American companies
want to be in Africa,” said Secretary Pritzker. “This trade
mission has already helped U.S. companies take advantage of mutually-beneficial
opportunities to do business in Ghana and Nigeria, in particular. Ensuring
that American firms are primed to do business in Africa will not only
help the African people realize greater economic success, but will also
fuel growth and job creation in the United States.”
The trip included many positive outcomes, including the fact that Ellicott
Dredges, a Baltimore-based firm, signed multiple deals in Nigeria.
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of trucks and trailers jostling for the limited road space. Even though
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