The Philippines: Officials Approve Cebu Port Dredging

The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) will start the Cebu International Port (CIP) dredging project this month after almost two years of delay.

CPA general manager Edmund Tan said the Department of Transportation and Communications already approved the dredging project.

Last year, President Benigno Aquino III ordered the reevaluation of lined-up projects by the legal department. Tan said the legal department later found the bidding to be above board and there was no reason to rebid the project.

“The winning bidder might sue if we rescind the contract, it is an advantage for the government to continue the project,” Tan said.

Tan stated that it would take 11 months to finish the project and before bulk carriers of up to 50,000 metric tons could enter CIP.

He added that the depth or draft at the CIP at present is only eight meters when the ideal is 12 meters to allow cargo vessels from more countries to easily enter the area. The depth of the port can only accommodate bulk carriers weighing 7,000 metric tons and up to 10,000 metric tons during high tide.

The dredging project was supposed to start in 2012 but this was delayed because of the additional requirements.

Earlier in 2013, the CPA conducted a steel sheet piling at the port in preparation for the dredging of the CIP as well as the domestic ports from Pier 1 to Pier 3 after it got the loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines. The dredging project will extend up to the seawaters off the South Road Properties.

Tan also said the port authority has acquired bulk handling facilities with four bagging equipment to accommodate bulk carriers at the CIP.

Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation president and general manager Tomas Riveral said each bagging equipment can fill eight bags per minute or about 350 bags per hour.

This means that a vessel can now unload cargo such as grains and pellets in a day using this technology, instead of four days with manual labor.

Press Release, February 6, 2014

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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