Investigation Launched After Fatal Dredging Accident

The body of Floris Heeren, a 23-year-old Belgian crew member of the “Juan Sebastian de Elcano”, who died after falling off his ship Monday, November 3rd, has been recovered and brought to a funeral parlor, reported the abs-cbnnews.

According to the preliminary report, Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger “Sebastian de Elcano” was docked one nautical mile from the breakwater of Manila Bay where Floris JK Heeren and two co-workers were performing cleaning operations of the lower deck.

The three workers accidentally fell off and were sucked in by the ship’s vacuum. Two of the men were able to swim to safety, unfortunately Heeren drowned. His body was recovered after resurfacing one day later on November 4th.

Detailed investigation into the exact cause of the accident has been launched by the Jan De Nul Group, the company operating the dredger.

Dredging Today Staff

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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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