• 2017 October 11 12:11

    Dredging Today Conference closes with success

    The second and the final day of our first Dredging Today Conference, taking place at Amsterdam RAI Convention Center under the theme ‘Changing Climate, Resilient Business’, closes with success, Dredging Today said in its press release.

    The sessions saw straight-to-the-point statements and some interesting discussions.

    During the first thematical session: ‘Solutions and funding for climate change adaptation’, speakers addressed how the dredging community and dredging industry can respond to climate change.

    The emphasis in this session was on what international financial institutions, in particular multilateral and regional development banks, are doing in support of climate change adaptation and how industry and national governments can become involved in adaptation action programs.

    The session also included a special report from the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, PIANC, on their views on adaptation action.

    Talking about International Financing Institutions: how do they work and what prospects do they offer? – Commerijn Plomp of Netherlands Enterprise Agency said that TIO’s roles as a government partner in guiding companies towards IFI-funded projects are:

     first contact point for Dutch companies;
     provide info on priorities, pipeline projects, relevant contact points and competition, match with Dutch expertise;
     advise on how the banks work, what to do, where to look and who to meet;
     long term commitment with high-potentials;
     connect to bilateral trade instruments.

    ‘The World Bank’s new procurement framework – opportunities for contractors’ was the main topic of presentation of Mr Dick Konijn, Owner – CEO, ID Consultancy BV.

    Mr Konijn said that “procurement in Investment Project Financing supports clients to achieve value for money with integrity in delivering sustainable development.”

    During his presentation, Mr Louis Strydom, Business Development Manager – Project Development, FMO – Dutch Development Bank, introduced his insights on the finance solutions that work for climate adaptation.

    Speaking about climate change adaptations of ports and inland waterways – Ine Moulaert, Senior Engineer Marine Environmental Department, Jan de Nul, Member, PIANC Working Group 178 on Climate Change Adaptation, said that one of PIANC objectives is to develop an approach on climate change adaptation planning and delivery.

    She also added that four categories of action, in line with expectations of Paris agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, are:

     expand network of partners and supporters, raise awareness of climate-relates issues throughout sector;
     promote action to reduce (net) greenhouse emissions;
     improve preparedness, strengthen resilience and enable the waterborne transport infrastructure sector to adapt to climate change;
     encourage new ways of thinking.

    During the thematical session ‘Dredging for clean energy’, speakers discussed the developments where dredging meets climate mitigation.

    Rob van der Hage, Manager North Sea Infrastructure, TenneT, highlighted the importance of developing the offshore grid for wind power. “Future of offshore wind depends on cost reduction,” said Mr van der Hage.

    Talking about dredging for hydropower, Jan Peters, Managing Director, Alia Instruments & Imotec, made some very interesting points about dam related solutions for sediment problem and restoring of reservoirs capacity by sustainable dredging.

    In the closing session: How are you making your business resilient?, a panel discussion on how the dredging industry is preparing for the future took place.

    Topics and speakers included in this session:
     how are companies anticipating climate change and its effects;
     how are companies working on project integration and collaborating in a more holistic way;
     how are companies leveraging technologies developed outside the industry?
     Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International;
     André van Hassent, Asset Manager Ports & Fairways, Port of Rotterdam;
     Olivier Marcus, Product Director Dredging, DAMEN Shipyards;
     John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, NMDC;
     Maurice de Kok, Director Strategic Business Development, Van Oord.
    International exhibitors and projects

    The first Dredging Today Conference was closed by Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, the Conference Manager.

    The eminent speakers presented topical insights on the global picture about the climate changes, dredging, covering the main drivers for dredging, expected developments in world trade, urban development near coastlines, coastal protection, offshore energy and tourism and leisure.

    In these two days, DTC also showed its international focus; comprehensive session blocks were devoted to answering the question: How the world in which the dredging industry operates is changing.




2017 October 23

18:06 Ocean Change requires solutions - UN Oceans Envoy
17:50 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed one cruise ship last week
17:36 Hyundai Heavy Industries contracts Kelvin Hughes to supply I Band and E/F Band SharpEye™ radars
17:06 Yang Ming provides North Europe-East Med Express
16:46 Cruise shipping season closes in Kiel
16:44 Black Sea Fleet major amphibious ship Azov completed visit in Pylos, Greek port
16:16 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade is planning subsidies to cover costs on construction of shipbuilding complex “Zvezda”
15:55 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 12.3% to 4.2 mln t in 9M’17
15:28 Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority announces 6.3-pct growth of cargo handling
15:03 Wärtsilä to supply waterjets for a new high speed ferry for Naviera Armas
14:32 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches third chemical carrier of Project RST27М built for BF Tanker
14:03 HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort puts into service three gantry cranes
13:37 305 units of large-size equipment for ZapSibNeftekhim delivered in navigation period of 2017 (photo)
13:10 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,170 in RF spot market
13:00 TTS Group ASA secures two new contracts with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard for delivery of two shipsets of cargo cranes and two shipsets of hatch covers
12:56 Port of Helsinki number of international cruise ship passengers up to 478,000 in 2017
12:47 WMU President delivered keynote opening address of Maritime Conference Bahamas 2017
12:26 Mexican port security officials undergone training on complying with IMO’s ISPS Code
11:58 ESL Shipping's LNG-powered dry cargo vessel Haaga successfully launched at Jinling Shipyard
11:31 Seatruck installs its own Optimarin BWT systems during normal service
11:15 Damen and Corrosion host anti-fouling seminar
10:41 Valcom LLC supports conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” as its Sponsor
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.26% to $57.90, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.52% to $52.11
10:02 Nakilat announces financial results for third quarter of 2017
09:49 Vympel Shipyard launches lead high-speed passenger-carrying hydrofoil of project 23160, Kometa 120М (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,578 points
02:14 Essar Projects congratulates GMB for inauguration of India’s first Ro-Ro ferry project

2017 October 22

15:47 Navantia and General Electric sign a license agreement
15:45 Maersk Line lands award for sustainability collaboration
15:43 Scorpio Bulkers announces the financing of a Kamsarmax vessel in Japan
15:42 Aker Solutions ASA posts results for Q3 2017
15:39 General Dynamics NASSCO christens USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams
15:36 Nb. 445 ‘Snow Crystal’ launched at the Westerbroek yard of Ferus Smit
15:34 Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement with GasLog LNG Services for eight LNG carriers

2017 October 20

18:31 Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd joins the ITS Finland network
18:10 Kari Wihlman appointed as Director-General of Finnish Transport Agency with effect from 1 January 2018
17:47 Rosmorport appoints Oksana Masyuk as Deputy Director for Economics and Finance of its Arkhangelsk Branch (photo)
17:19 Russian Railways's loading of export freight from ports increases by almost by 6% in 3 quarters of 2017
16:56 Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör expands capacity
16:28 USPA announced tender for construction of berth 1-z in Port of Odessa
16:03 Wärtsilä's asset and lifecycle management agreement lets GasLog concentrate on its core business
16:00 Wilson Sons Shipyards delivers SST-Aruá to SAAM SMIT
15:31 In 9M’17, TransContainer transported 1.31 mln TEUs, up 17.7% Y-o-Y
15:03 Otto Energy starts drilling of the ST 224 #1 well
14:29 Opening ceremony of Russian-Indian international Indra-2017 exercise held in Vladivostok
14:02 d’Amico International Shipping launches the first three LR1 vessels
13:30 Sea transport of Sevastopol carried 660,400 passengers in September 2017, down 3.2%, Y-o-Y
13:02 ICTSI orders hybrid RTGs for Manila flagship
12:44 Draft procedure for investment port duty assessment is available at federal portal for legal information (document)
12:22 Aker Solutions wins order for world's largest umbilicals system
12:19 APL starts new Korea China Straits service
12:05 LNG reloading station of Klaipėdos nafta applies highest safety standards
11:37 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters the port of Alexandria
11:08 Zvezda Shipbuilding complex, Rosnefteflot and Taimyrneftegaz agreed to build and operate 10 Arctic shuttle tankers
10:43 Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia”: registration is underway
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $57.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.33% to $51.46
09:59 Innovative passenger catamaran Grifon presented in Saint-Petersburg (photo)
09:32 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,582 points

2017 October 19

18:01 Record shipment marks ABP Ipswich and Glencore support of UK farmer