THE 7TH NIGERIAN DREDGING
SUMMIT AND EXHIBITION,
ASCON, Badagry Lagos Nigeria.
September 13-15, 2013.
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US Bill introduced regarding discharge of dredged material
Bryant's Maritime News, which is produced by Bryant's Maritime Consulting,
reports that US Senator Manchin (D-WV) has introduced a bill (S. 830)
to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify and confirm
the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to deny or restrict
the use of defined areas as disposal sites for the discharge of dredged
or fill material. The newsletter said the official text of the bill
is not yet available.
Sri Lankan harbour dredged by DCI
Lanka Business Online reports that Dredging Corporation of India (DCI)
has dredged Sri Lanka's Kankasanthurai Habhour in the northern Jaffna
peninsular, in a two week operation.
India's High Commission in Colombo said a trailing suction hopper dredger
arrived at KKS Harbour on April 19 and had completed the task by May
03 under a US$2.05 million grant aid project as part of a US$25 million
project to rehabilitate the port.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority will now rehabilitate the port's breakwater,
build a new pier and carry out a final hydrographic survey at the harbour.
Huta Marine cutter suction dredger sees 500th sale of MAN 48/60
MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced the 500th sale of its MAN 48/60
The milestone was reached with the order of two common-rail variants
of the engine by Huta Marine of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of a diesel-electric
system to power a self-propelled cutter suction dredger.
Huta Marine is a specialist in marine infrastructure and its fleet ranks
among the largest in the Middle East. The dredger will be built in the
Netherlands by a shipyard belonging to the IHC Merwede Group, the global
market leader for dredging, mining and other custom-built vessels.
Based on the 48/60 workhorse, the 48/60 engine was introduced in 2003
in both L- and V- versions. Over its working history, it has proved
itself a valuable, sturdy workhorse and all-round performer over a broad
range of applications.
The 48/60 medium-speed engine is based on the successful 48/60 series
first launched in 1989. The B variant represented a major redevelopment
of the concept characterised by increased output, reduced engine weight/width,
and an optimised combustion that reduced both exhaust emissions and
The 48/60 has been continuously developed ever since, notably including
an upgrade to common-rail fuel injection in 2008 and full Tier II compliance
in 2011, and more recently featuring a redesign of its cylinder head
where a higher fuel injection pressure resulted in improved atomisation
and better combustion, ultimately reducing both fuel consumption and
Germany: dredging the Elbe "poses severe environmental
Der Spiegel newspaper in Germany reports that a Dutch study could put
a stop to an already controversial project to deepen the Elbe River.
The newspaper said the study warns that if dredging continues, the damage
to the river's ecosystem would likely be irreparable.
Der Spiegel said a study commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure
and the Environment "means more bad news for proponents of the
suspended plan to deepen of the Elbe River."
Entitled "On the response of tidal rivers to deepening and narrowing,"
the study notes "the existence of a tipping point, beyond which
a tidal river evolves more or less autonomously to a hyper-turbid state."
This state would mean irreparable damage to the fish and animal populations.
The report concludes that the Elbe is on the verge of such a "tipping
point" and is "very sensitive to small changes," like
deepening or narrowing.
"The study could deal the final blow to the dredging project,"
said Der Spiegel.
In October 2012, authorities halted the €400 million (US$520 million)
project to deepen the Elbe River approaching Hamburg to accommodate
vessels that require a depth of 14.5m (48ft) or more.
However, two environmental organizations - Friends of the Earth Germany
(BUND) and the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) - with
the support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), managed to obtain
a temporary injunction from the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig.
The judge prevented the start of the dredging project, in part because
of a risk of "upsetting the ecosystem" in the Elbe estuary.
As Der Spiegel noted, a bitter feud consequently broke out. Politicians,
shipping and port companies and even the trade union Verdi, which represents
the dockworkers, criticized the environmental organizations. They worry
that failing to deepen the Elbe could jeopardize the harbor's competitiveness
as a job creator and economic engine.
In that region of northern Germany alone, some 150,000 jobs are tied
to the harbor. It also generates almost 15 percent of Hamburg's net
product and more than €700 million in taxes annually.
According to the newspaper, the report "may crush any last hope
of finding a way to deepen the river."
Indonesia: slow progress with dredging blamed for floods
The Jakarta Globe reports that the Jakarta administration has blamed
the floods last week that inundated seven wards on the slow progress
in dredging and widening the city’s constricted rivers.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the deputy governor, said if the dredging programme
had been working as intended, then the rivers would have been able to
channel away the excess rainwater and not spill over, as it did.
“It’s taking a long time for us to get all the dredging
equipment that we need because we have to rent it from outside parties,”
“That’s why we’ve now ordered the city public works
office to go out and buy our own. They’ll hold a tender for it
Basuki said that in addition to dredging and widening the rivers to
improve water flow, the city administration would also clean out the
network of sewers and gutters throughout Jakarta.
“The sewers are all clogged up, so some areas get flooded really
quickly during rains. Our sewer network is in very bad condition.
Almost all of it was built more than 15 years ago and has never been
cleaned since then,” he said.
Nearly a thousand homes in seven wards in East Jakarta were inundated
following rains that caused the Ciliwung and the Cipinang rivers to
Holland Shipbuilding Association Appoints Peter Zoeteman
Peter Zoeteman, 52, has been appointed as the new General Director of
the Holland Shipbuilding Association by 1 May. With a long and broad
career in the maritime business sector, Zoeteman is well positioned
for this job. He was member of the board of the association until 2012.
He will succeed Mieke Bakker-Mantjes, who acted as General Director
from September 2011 to April 2013.
Van Oord's new cutter suction dredger delivered
Van Oord’s latest addition to its fleet – the self-propelled
cutter suction dredger Artemis – has been delivered to the company.
The new dredger's first job will see it depart for western France for
a contract with the Grand Port Maritime de la Rochelle.
Here, Artemis will be deepening the harbour basin and dredging a trench
in the access channel to the harbour. Approximately 500,000 cubic metres
of very hard rock and clay will be dredged. Artemis was built especially
for dredging work on hard ground.
Pieter van Oord, the company's CEO, said: "Our investment in two
self-propelled cutter suction dredgers and two large backhoe dredgers
has significantly bolstered our position on the dredging market. This
is in line with our strategy to have a very strong position in all segments
of the dredging market."
Van Oord describes Artemis as "a robust ship and strong ship."
It highlighted the dredgers's hydraulically buffered spud carriage,
which will permit it to continue to work even in poor weather conditions.
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
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