Dredging School in Africa Opens Next Year

In just a few months, the first ever Dredging School in Africa will be launched at the Maritime School of Excellence, Durban.

The announcement was made by Nonkululeko Sishi, Chief Human Resources Officer at Transnet, during the recent launch of the IHC Dredging Simulator in Durban.

Ms Nonkululeko Sishi said: “In January 2017, we will be launching the first ever Dredging School in Africa. The dredging School will strengthen the collaboration between the Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), and IHC Holland BV (IHC).

The high tech and capital-intensive equipment used within the complex working process of the dredging industry demands all parties working within that industry to make sure their personnel has the specific knowledge of the equipment they work on, to ensure safe and effective operations,” she continued. “The effect of training can be enormous because training helps to improve the effectiveness of the way equipment is being operated; the return on investment of a training program is huge in terms of economic and skills development.

In the whole world there are only a few dredging schools on University or College level. The only countries where such schools exists are; The Netherlands, China and the USA. Hence, this Dredging School will thus have a unique position worldwide and especially in Africa,” said Ms Nonkululeko Sishi.

According to her, TNPA and world renowned Training Institute for Dredging (TID) will join forces and set up a dredging school in South Africa. With both local expertise and expertise from TID, the dredging school will support the development of dredging knowledge for TNPA and South Africa.

nonkululeko-sishiThe training of facilitators will contribute to the transfer of associated skills and knowledge transfer to support a sustainable regional supply base which will ultimately lead to improved capability, efficiency and regional capacity in South Africa,” added Ms Nonkululeko Sishi.

She continued by saying that the Dredging School is established to address critical skills for the following function: Marine Hydrography Surveyors, Dredge Masters, Chief Master Engineers, Dredging Managers and Naval Architects.

The School will also cover other skill/(s) for Geomorphological training on the basic knowledge of hydraulics (erosion, transportation and sedimentation), basic knowledge of hydrology (discharge variations, floods) and the basics of sediment transport as well as changes as result of human intervention (deepening, breakwaters, widening) of a channel in order to improve their knowledge of the sedimentation and hydrodynamics in ports,” concluded Ms Nonkululeko Sishi.

It is anticipated that over a three year period 50 students will graduate from the dredging school.


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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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