IADC: Striving for Zero Incidents

Dredging operations are risky. They are large, sprawling with hidden dangers amongst heavy machinery.

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) members are committed to safeguarding their employees and to continuous improvement in guaranteeing a safe and healthy work environment.

To encourage this, in 2007 the IADC Board instituted a Safety Award to recognize a project with outstanding QHSE features. Going a step further, in November 2013 the IADC assembled a group of QHSE experts from the member companies: the Safety Committee was established.

Since then the IADC members have committed themselves to reducing the number of industry accidents and incidents to zero. They have also charged the committee to develop a Charter of Best Practices.


Mr. Peter BosDEME, obtained a BSc from the University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1999 and has received many safety certifications. He has worked as QHSE professional at Noordhoek Marine Services BV, Allseas Engineering, GE Water and Process Technologies and GE Healthcare and Tebodin Consultants and Engineers B.V. In September 2010 he was named QHSE Department Manager, Head Office, DEME;

Mr. Wilfred HaaijerRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V, graduated as an Environmental Engineer from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and then worked at the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure. He then became Manager, Environment, Health and Safety for the glass industry at Owens Illinois. In 2006 he joined Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., where he is Corporate QA/HSE Manager;

Mr. René KolmanIADC, studied at the Nautical School in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and holds a degree in Economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He joined the International Association of Dredging Companies IADC) in 2008 and became Secretary General in 2010. The IADC is the global umbrella organisation for the private dredging industry;

Mr. Christophe LeroyJan De Nul, joined Jan De Nul in 1999 and helped develop and implement their QA/QC and HSSE systems and documents on various offshore and dredging and reclamation projects. He was worldwide Manager QHSSE (Int’l Operations) from 2007 to June 2014 when he became Deputy QHSSE Manager at the Head office, in Capellen, Luxembourg. He holds an MSc Electro-Mechanical Engineering and an MSc Civil Engineering.

Mr. Ton van de MinkelisVan Oord, worked at Fokker Aircraft and Fokker Aerostructures in areas of quality control. He then became Lead Auditor, Consultant, Trainer and Technical Manager at Det Norske Veritas Benelux in Rotterdam. In October 2013 he joined Van Oord as Staff Director, QHSE responsible for QHSE policy within the global organisation.

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