The Royal BAM Group' s Ballast HAM Dredging (BHD) and Van Oord are to merge.
High land prices, particularly in coastal areas, make reclamation a relatively ‘cheap’ option for many port expansion projects. Felicity Landon looks at the latest developments.
Mombasa has turned its back on Belgium dredging company Jan de Nul
and temporarily suspended its dredging programme after receiving 'a
better offer' from rival Dredging International.
Just as Dickie Attenborough and Steve McQueen had to invent ingenious ways to dispose of spoil as they worked on tunnels through which to escape Stalag Luft III in The Great Escape, so dredging work requires ingenious solutions to find alternative uses for the spoil it creates.
In the race to secure increasingly scarce dredgers, land reclamation projects could fall at the first hurdle unless you book the contractor ahead of budget approval or buy your own dredgers, writes Patrik Wheater
Now's the time to lay the groundwork for future port growth, as Stuart Pearcey finds out
Lean times lie ahead for companies on the hunt for maintenance
dredging work, with the real effect of the economic downturn not
hitting their balance sheets until next year and beyond.
Jan de Nul/Boskalis, Hyundai Engineering, Dredging International and Van Oord have been shortlisted for the contract to undertake dredging on three sections of the US$537m Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project . The entire project will involve four tranches of dredging of which the first has already been awarded to the Dredging Corporation of India. Dredging work on the remaining three sections will be undertaken simultaneously by three different companies.
The major European contractors Royal Boskalis Westminster, Van Oord, Jan de Nul and DEME, are estimated to share 60% of the global dredging market whilst contractors based in Asia and the US, namely Penta Ocean, Hyundai, Samsung and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, together with various regional and local players, occupy the balance. The following summarises some recently reported projects.
Maintaining channels and berth depths has become an operational migraine as dredgers flock to more lucrative reclamation projects instead, as Stevie Knight discovers
Maasvlakte 2 has had the green light from Dutch Parliament, who voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of the construction the new port district of Rotterdam.
The total market for global capital dredging projects is worth somewhere in the region of € 7 billion although only about half the contracts awarded could be said to be the result of genuinely open tenders.
The ports of Holland and Belgium, together with their watery hinterlands, have long served as breeding grounds for innovation within the cargo handling and port construction sectors. Nick Elliott offers a sampling.
Construction of Great Yarmouth's new outer harbour is now well under way. Felicity Landon reports on the ambitions of East Port UK
Construction of the quay wall for Liverpool’s new deep water container terminal, Liverpool2, is underway.
More than two years after winning the concession for a deepwater facility in Costa Rica, APM Terminals has signed an agreement with the Dutch consortium of Van Oord and Bam International to start dredging works for the new $460m terminal.
Conflict and opposition – an inevitable response to any major dredging project? A new concept says it doesn’t have to be that way. Felicity Landon reports.
Environmental concerns have become ever more prevalent in the capital and maintenance dredging business but should be seen as an opportunity and not simply as an impediment, as Alex Hughes discovers.
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