Charles Darwin TSHD Arrives at Brisbane to Conduct Airport Work

Charles Darwin, a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD), used for dredging loose material such as sand, clay or gravel, has arrived to Brisbane.

The dredger will be crucial in building Brisbane Airport’s second runway, Brisbane Times has reported.

Charles Darwin will dredge the seafloor section of Moreton Bay, called Middle Banks, and transport the sand to Luggage Point.

The sand will than be pumped north of Brisbane’s main runway creating the new airport runway.

Jan De Nul Group is in charge of compacting 13 million cubic metres of sand to lay the solid base for the runway.

The works need to be finished by March 2015 to allow the 2 to 3 years for the sand platform to consolidate the underlying soft swampy soils before construction of the runway and taxiway pavements can commence around 2017.

The new parallel runway system is targeted to be operational in 2020.

Dredging Today Staff, June 3, 2014; Image: Jan de Nul

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

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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