VIDEO: Van Oord in the Maldives

Southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean lies the Maldives, a country spread over some 1,200 small, sandy islands, only 196 of which are inhabited.

One third of the country’s 350,000 inhabitants live in the capital of Male. The city is getting congested and there is not enough space to house the families coming to the island looking for work, healthcare, etc.

For that purpose, Van Oord was requested to carry out reclamation work in the Maldives and enlarge a number of islands, protecting them with rock revetments and making development possible.

Van Oord took an active role in protecting the environment during execution. The goal was to minimize the short- and long-term impact of this project on the marine environment, including by relocating significant numbers of coral species, shifting them away from the reclamation areas.

With a project site over 600 kilometers long and remote locations to be reclaimed, proper planning and preparation were essential. The company had to bring everything required to execute the work.

Basic facilities such as temporary jetties needed to be built, and various equipment and materials were mobilized over long distances. That included not only the materials needed for the reclamation activities, but also those for the rock revetment that was being installed. The required rock was imported from outside the Maldives.

All this and more can be found in Van Oord’s latest video named “Working with care: Van Oord in the Maldives“.

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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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