President of ICE Tours Dover Western Docks Revival

Image source: Port of Dover

The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Professor Tim Broyd has witnessed first-hand the importance of the Port of Dover to national and local economic prosperity on a special visit to the port’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

Speaking about the development, Professor Broyd said: “The revival of the Western Docks is an essential development for Dover and the nation, helping to increase long-term capacity for Europe’s busiest ferry port. It will provide employment, business and wider regeneration and is a prime example of how infrastructure can facilitate economic growth, improving the lives of local people and communities.”

The £250 million DWDR development is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the port and represents the next exciting stage of its evolution, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway handling trade to the value of £119 billion and representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods.

DWDR will provide a new cargo terminal and new port-centric distribution facility transforming cargo and logistics operations, and through the creation of a new marina will transform the waterfront and attract inward investment into the area.

Welcoming Professor Broyd on behalf of the Port, Richard Christian, Head of Communications at the  Port of Dover said: “It was great to have the president of the Institution here at the Port and for him to see so clearly how a piece of marine civil engineering can support national and local economic prosperity.”

Prof. Broyd met with the team involved in the development, including the Port’s DWDR Program Director, Dave Herrod and the principal contractor’s Project Director, Stuart Eckersley from VSBW, a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster.

During the visit, Prof. Broyd went on a walkabout around the DWDR site, taking particular interest in an innovative walking piling gate which is the first of its kind, limiting down-time when moving from one pile to the next.

The ICE president also saw the new Wellington Navigation Channel which is a vital connection to link the historic and new marina facilities, and the ongoing Dunkirk Jetty demolition which is being undertaken by a Sheerleg crane barge lifting nine concrete armor units at circa 250 tons each.

 

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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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