Brazil: Recife to Host IADC’s Dredging Seminar

Recife to Host IADC's Dredging Seminar

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC), the premier organisation representing the private dredging industry, is organising for the very first time the IADC International Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation in Recife, Brazil from 19 to 23 March 2012. Participants will have the unique opportunity to visit the on-going dredging project at the Port of Suape.

Dredging in Latin America has been steadily growing over the last few years including such mega-projects as the Panama Canal. Now Brazil is booming, and many projects and works are going on or being planned for the near future. No wonder that the Brazilian Chapter of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) (ABD, Associação Brasileira de Dragagem) – together with other interested parties – has repeatedly asked IADC to organise a Seminar in the region.

Seeing is Believing: Visit to Van Oord site at the Port of Suape

Part of the beauty of the IADC Seminar is getting out of the classroom and into the field. In that context, we are delighted that Van Oord, one of the world’s largest dredging companies, has invited us to visit their dredging site at the port of Suape. Most likely the cutter Hercules and hopper Lelystad will be available for a visit. This is absolutely a unique opportunity for participants.

The Suape project involves dredging the access channel to the shipyard Atlantico Sul in the harbour of Suape. This means dredging six million cubic metres in total – two million cubic metres of which will be reclaimed. The other four million cubic metres will be discharged at sea. Van Oord is deploying cutter suction dredger Hercules and trailing suction hopper dredger Lelystad sailing under Brazilian flag.

By Professionals for Professionals

The Seminar in Recife will be held in co-operation with the Brazilian Chapter of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) (ABD, Associação Brasileira de Dragagem) and will take place at the Transamérica Prestige Beach Class International hotel (Recife) from Monday 19 – Friday 23 March 2012.

Since 1993 IADC, often in co-operation with local universities and/or other associations, has provided this Seminar especially developed for professionals in dredging-related industries and presented by professionals from the major dredging companies. With a combination of classroom lectures and workshops, as well as the site visit, the students receive invaluable hands-on experience.

The Seminar is aimed at (future) decision makers and their advisors in governments, port and harbour authorities, off-shore companies and other organisations confronted with the execution of dredging projects.

Learn more about Dredging and its Important Role

To optimise the chances of the successful completion of a project, contracting parties should, from the start, fully understand the requirements of a dredging project. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about dredging, how it works and the important role it plays in social and economic development.

Each participant will receive a set of comprehensive proceedings with an extensive reference list of relevant literature and, at the end of the week, a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of the completion of the coursework. The seminar starts Monday 19th 8:45 hrs and ends Friday 23 March 17:30 hrs.

ABD – WEDA Brazil is a Brazilian association and an independent part of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA). The WEDA covers the entire region of North, Central and South America, the CEDA – Central Dredging Association, most of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the EADA – Eastern Dredging Association, covers the Asia and Pacific region. The three organizations are the WODA – World Organization of Dredging Associations, with equal representation on the Board. All these associations have the same goals and interests, changing only the field of membership.

IADC stands for “International Association of Dredging Companies” and is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry. As such IADC is dedicated to promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, as well as the contributions of the dredging industry to worldwide prosperity in general. IADC has over one hundred main and associated members. Together they represent the forefront of the dredging industry.


Dredging Today Staff, January 13, 2012; Image: iadc-dredging