• 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.




2020 August 7

18:32 Maersk revamps Europe to Middle East & Indian Subcontinent network
18:00 Rosmorport's to beef up its icebreaking fleet to 38 units in 2020
17:00 World’s first zero-emissions top handlers performing well at Port of Los Angeles
16:01 Port of HaminaKotka seven-month volume fell 16.7%
15:09 Launching of Russia’s first LNG-powered passenger ship Chaika held at Zelenodolsk Shipyard
14:21 North Carolina Ports records year-over-year increases in Fiscal Year 2020
14:09 Cargo traffic at Port Kavkaz in January-July rose 9%
13:21 ABP invests in Port of Lowestoft to support UK Southern North Sea energy sector
13:19 Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard hosts launching ceremony for the RSD59 series MS Pola Marina
12:49 Rosmorport plans expansion of its fleet by 24 newbuilds
12:08 Jan De Nul signs contract with Dogger Bank Wind Farm
11:22 The second tanker manufactured in Azerbaijan launched for the next stage of construction
10:37 MSC’s Golden Horn service links China, Korea & Russia’s east coast
09:59 Ecochlor receives IMO BWMS Code Type Approval
09:51 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 07
09:16 Baltic Dry Index as of Aug 6
09:12 Crude futures prices turn down again

2020 August 6

19:00 FSL Trust agrees to sell three containerships
18:27 Sumitomo Heavy Industries has been granted an “Approval in Principle” for a medium-size high-pressure LNG dual-fueled tanker
18:21 Port of Rostov-on-Don seven-month volume rises 4% to 12.7 million tonnes
18:07 ICTSI 1H2020 net income down 12% to US$113.4mln
17:26 Royal IHC awarded major contract for supply of FPSO equipment for Yinson
17:25 Vodohod’s newbuild Mustai Karim arrives at Saint Petersburg
16:36 Nevsky Shipyard launches the Pavel Leonov, last ship of PV22 series duo
16:15 North Sea Port, Flemish Waterways plc, Port of Antwerp, Port of Oostende, Port of Zeebrugge, the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services, and the Joint Nautical Management to introduce SWINg in 2021
15:43 Zelenodolsk Shipyard to host tomorrow launching and keel-laying ceremonies
15:41 Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Port Network was established in Singapore
14:27 MABUX Bunker Weekly Review
13:54 Tolyattii bound heavylift project cargo successfully handled at Port Bronka
13:27 Alaska Marine Lines rail barges upgrade ballast systems
12:46 Davie confirms polar leadership with icebreaker launch
12:35 Transit container transport by RZD network soars 30% in Jan-Jul
11:40 CMA CGM to launch its ever-faster service connecting Spain with Algeria
11:35 Carnival Cruise Line joins industrywide pause in U.S. through October 31
10:18 Shell signs charter contracts for six newbuild LNG carriers
10:15 Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study: Shipping emissions are projected to increase by up to 50% until 2050, relative to 2018
09:58 The Flemish government, Port of Antwerp and SeReAnt together improve the water quality at the Port of Antwerp
09:26 Baltic Dry Index as of Aug 5
09:21 Crude futures prices resume climb
09:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 06
08:11 NYK starts operation of its first finished-car logistics terminal in Japan

2020 August 5

18:57 Valenciaport triples air quality control cabins
18:16 U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for missing spearfisher off Maui
18:04 Port of Helsinki turnover decreased by 26.7% to EUR 33.4 million in January–June 2020
17:35 A delegation of the Port of Gdansk visits Klaipeda
17:06 Voluntary ship slowdown through Swiftsure Bank begins August 1
16:49 Mississippi River will get deeper
16:39 MOL introduces FOCUS Project Part Ⅲ: Virtual Ship Visit Application 'Fleet Tour'
16:29 Admiralty Shipyards starts building fourth CT-192 series trawler the Kapitan Martynov
15:27 Solstad secures contract from BP for three vessels in Australia
14:38 ABS to class first Taiwan-built offshore installation vessel
13:22 Hurtigruten temporarily suspends all expedition cruises
13:18 Krasnoye Sormovo to launch the MS Pola Marina cargo ship on August 7
13:12 The Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company completes the upgrade of more than 18,000m2 of storage yard
13:08 Concept of a modular composite fishing boat gets the thumbs up from MARINET
12:39 Scorpio Bulkers to build Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) at DEME
12:01 Fincantieri and Saipem sign deep-seabed mining agreement
11:58 MARINET expects draft amendments on autonomous shipping to Russia’s MSC to be submitted by the end of the month
11:13 Future 12th expeditionary fast transport (EPF 12) for US Navy successfully completes acceptance trials
11:06 SEA-KIT bags two USV orders from Fugro