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DEME Announces Keel Laying Ceremony Cutter Suction Dredge ‘Spartacus’

Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME announced in late December the keel laying ceremony of its newest cutter suction dredge Spartacus. The combination of power, size and new innovations of CSD Spartacus sets a new benchmark for mega-cutters. The vessel is 164 meters (538 feet) long… Read More

Brazil to Auction State-Run Port Administrator

The Brazilian Ministry of Transports, Ports and Civil Aviation (MTPA) has included Maranhao state-run Port Administrator Companhia Docas do Maranhao (Codomar) in a nation’s concessions program, also known as the Investment Partnership Program (PPI). Brazil expects to “privatize” the state-owned company, in a move to help the country… Read More

Changes Needed to Implement P3s on Wide Scale for Infrastructure Projects

In January, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School released a report that examined the challenges facing funding and financing for federally-sponsored water resource infrastructure (“Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America’s Federal Water Resources”). For some years, a… Read More

Dredging Highlights from the Past

40 Years Ago – 1978 Three land surveyors took a week to verify the locations for Trisponder transmitter stations at Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in preparation for the hydrographic survey to position a planned 40-mile-long approach channel to the new Port of Al Jubail on the western shore of the Arabian… Read More

JUST PUBLISHED: “FACTS ABOUT COASTAL PROTECTION”

According to the conclusions of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPPC) sea levels are expected to continue to rise in the foreseeable future. That means that protecting coastal communities is a real challenge since half the world’s population lives near vulnerable coastlines. … Read More

JAN DE NUL NV STRENGTHENS PRINS HENDRIK DIKE IN THE NETHERLANDS

As announced in mid-October Hollands Noorderkwartier (Northern Quarter) District Water Control Board awarded the reinforcement of the Prins Hendrik dike on the Dutch island of Texel to the Jan De Nul Group whose work headquarters are located in Aalst Belgium. The 1.8- mile-long Prins Hendrik dike which protects Texel will… Read More

BOSKALIS AWARDED CONtRACT FOR MARTÍN GARCÍA CHANNEL

In December the Comision Administradora del Rio de la Plata (CARP) awarded Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) a 5-year contract for the capital and maintenance dredging of the Martín García channel located between Uruguay and Argentina in the northern part of the 50-kilometer-wide Rio de la… Read More