New Suez Works Gear Up for Final Phase

Van Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger “Utrecht”, the first addition to the dredging fleet already working on the New Suez Canal project, has just passed the Strait of Hormuz and is on its way to Suez.

The vessel, with a capacity of 16,000 m³, is the first of two giant dredgers that will help in the creation of the New Suez. With the current speed of approx 14 knots, “Utrecht” is expected to arrive in Suez on May 26th, a day earlier than originally planned.

Second vessel, expected at the site on June 12, is the trailing suction hopper dredger “Oranje”. She belongs to the Dutch dredging contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and also has capacity of 16,000 m³.

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With these two additions, a total of 42 vessels will be working on the New Suez Canal project in order to complete all dredging activities before the end of June, after which the experimental operation of the new canal will start.

The New Suez Canal project will establish a new 72-kilometer canal parallel to the current one that will speed up the transit time and allow ships to sail into both directions.

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Official inauguration of the new waterway has been set for August 2015.

 

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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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