Dredging Today brings you an overview of the interviews from our first ever Dredging Today Conference, held in Amsterdam a couple of months ago.
Climate change is real, so better be prepared. Everybody, personally and also as an industry, should make a contribution in fighting climate change. That was the final thought of our first Dredging Today Conference, beautifully put by Mr Mark van Zanten, Senior Project Manager Water, Royal HaskoningDHV.
The Port of Rotterdam’s Offshore Center (OCR) project, conducted by the PUMA consortium (Boskalis and Van Oord), is progressing rapidly as the contractor already completed the Phase 1 of this capital development program.
“Land reclamation works on the site of the Offshore Center Rotterdam were started without any client commitment because we believe the center will be in demand with the offshore wind industry,” said Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager, Maritime & Offshore Industry at the Port of Rotterdam.
Talking about dredging for hydropower, Jan Peters, Managing Director, Alia Instruments & Imotec, made some very interesting points about dam related solutions for sediment problem and restoring of reservoirs capacity by sustainable dredging.
The Physical Aspects of Climate Change: Rising Sea Levels, was the topic of Mr Rob van Dorland’s presentation.
The Senior Adviser Climate at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut – KNMI) stated that the increase of concentrations of CO2CH4 and N2O is primarily due to human activities. He also talked about observations and climate models.
During our first Dredging Today Conference, we took an opportunity to talk with Mr John Mackenzie, Business Development Director at National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) from Abu Dhabi.
‘Middle East perspective on business climate trends’ was the main topic of Mr Mackenzie’s presentation. He said that the whole Gulf Region (UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc) is generating growth through port development.