Stevie Knight explains the merits of getting dredging contractors onboard from the off
Environmental regulations and increasing costs continue to pose challenges to maintenance dredging programmes. Felicity Landon reports
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.
Depth is on the mind of Pakistan’s Port Qasim: dredging work has been the subject of dark mutterings and the authority has only recently signed its 2010/11 contract – with an expected loss of $70m from the delay.
The Panama Canal’s administration has dismissed the apparent doubt outlined by the “WikiLeaks” quotes on the Canal expansion’s viability.
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.
Port planning should not be hampered by dredging-related environmental issues - provided all the relevant environmental issues are taken into account and the planning is carried out with due respect for the habitat directives and in cooperation with environmental organisations, to look for solutions instead of confrontations,says Gery Vandewalle,director of Belgian dredging giant Jan De Nul.
Hugo Barrera, president of El Salvador's national ports authority,
CEPA, has told Port Strategy that, of the 14 parties to show an
interest in the country's ports privatisation programme, 85% favour a
Master Concession. Signficantly, any concession could also include the
national rail network.
El Salvador's La Union port authority (Cepa) has revealed that 10 international port operators have indicated an interest in operating the port as a private concession. Bids for the 25-year concession must be entered by July and will be subjected to an analysis in September.
Uruguay's National Ports Administration (ANP) has awarded a dredging contract to Jan De Nul worth US$6.63m.
The Mexican port of Tampico is to spend US$9.56m on dredging the access channel to its previous depth of 35 feet.
Jan de Nul has been awarded a US$503mn contract to undertake dredging and reclamation work for container terminal two at Jebel Ali.
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.
An example of how the industry has risen to the challenge of environmental imperatives, is Jan de Nul's acquisition of soil and groundwater treatment specialist, Envisan. The company offers groundwater remediation, decontamination of polluted sites, construction and rehabilitation of landfills as well as sludge and sediment treatment. Starting with soil and groundwater treatment it gradually expanded into overall environmental technologies.
Belgian dredging contractor Jan De Nul has recently been awarded more than € 200m worth of contracts. In Hong Kong, landfall dredging and close to 1.5m tons of rock-dumping has to be executed for the gas pipeline connecting the Guangdong Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal located at Cheng Tou Jiao (Shenzhen) to new units at the Lamma Extension.
Lebanon' s second port of Tripoli reports a boom in vehicle imports thanks to resumed trade with Iraq. Over the past year new vehicle imports have averaged 7,000 a month, an increase of 700%, with more than two million vehicles expected to use the port over the next two years.
51morder for four self-propelled split-hopper barges with a capacity of € 3,700m 3each for delivery from March 2005. The barges will be built by Tianjin Xinhe Shipyard in China.
As the competition regime for big projects intensifies, David Robinson examines future dredging schemes and the aims behind them.
Jan De Nul enters into concession agreement with the Government of Bangladesh for the dredging of Payra Port, enhancing the development of the country’s infrastructure.
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