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International Dredging Briefs

Van Oord 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 Singapore.

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 with dredger
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.



Latest Trends in Nigerian Maritime and Dredging Sectors

Our major focus in this edition is the trend of harbor dredging activities which are on an upward tick. It is no longer news that the current stock of river ports in Nigeria are overstretched due to the increase of Nigeria’s economy and the inadequacy of road and rail infrastructure to cope with cargo delivery from the quays. In July, the Apapa-Ijora road was blocked for two straight weeks as all hell was let loose on account of the number of trucks and trailers jostling for the limited road space. Even though the Lagos State Government is fast-tracking road reconstructions, albeit belatedly, there seems to be no solution in the short term.. Read more.


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Engr Akin Olaniyan on need for NIMASA to return to original mandate and harnessing cabotage trade...NEW

Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene on Niger Delta politics, amnesty programme, Nigerian maritime and local govt, etc....NEW

Capt Adeyemo on River Niger Dredging...

Prof P.C. Nwilo on his assessment of NIWA during sabbatical ...

Mr Nseyeng Ebong on his 8-year tenure as rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron...

Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs as chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, his vision...

Engr Muyiwa Omasebi: The face-off Between NIWA, MMSD and Lagos State Govt.

Otunba K Folarin: The Collapse of Nig. shipping lines.

P.L. Carrodano: How govt can revive Nig. shipping lines.

Sam Epia: The struggles of Nig shipping lines with cargo reservation scheme.

Jeff Gibb: Intricacies of the equipment market in Nigeria.

Environmental Quality Monitoring.

Environment: "How many choppers has DPR got?" - Chief Ogunsiji.

Dredging the Niger Delta: Interview of Ben Efekarurhobo

Role of Surveying in the Dredging Industry

G.B Liman: Of Myth, Reality and Resource Control

Dredging Law: A judgment on the ownership of a sand dredging site by the Court of Appeal.

Dredging Law:
a. Lagos State Attorney General Interpretes state law on sand dredging and stockpile.

b. NIWA public notice on Lagos State intervention in inland waterways regulation.

c. An Extract Of The Law To Provide For The Regulation Of Waterfront Infrastructure Development In Lagos State.



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