IADC Terra et Aqua: Towards a Green Maritime Technology

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has released in its latest Terra et Aqua an article named ‘Towards a Green Maritime Technology’.

In a world with growing population, urbanization, mechanization and thus increased energy demands in the future, in combination with the influence of fossil energy resources on global warming, the 21st century has already brought – and will continue to bring – many different challenges.

The European Maritime Industry (ICS, International Chamber of Shipping) announced recently the goal of CO2 reduction of 50 per cent in 2050 is achievable.

According to the COP21 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) Paris Agreement, the whole world must be fossil-fuel free by 2080 in order to limit global warming to +2°C.

The awareness of the need for efficient use of any kind of energy source in combination with further developments and research of renewable energy and energy sources has also reached the maritime industry.

OEM type companies innovate not only in fuel efficiency and product development in their own field of industry, they also work together with other innovative companies and look after synergy effects by combining innovative applications and solutions in a creative way.

With all current and new innovations in the pipeline, the questions arises: ‘Can we become 100 per cent green in the maritime industry?’ In Europe, the project Joint Operations for Ultra Low Emission Shipping (JOULES) was initiated and involved many maritime industry partners.

Royal IHC and dredge cycles, simulation models and assessment tools were developed and plotted against the development of fossil and non-fossil energy sources now and in the future. The results are very promising, according to IADC.

This paper describes the work executed and conclusions drawn from the JOULES study. The conclusions show a statement for the possibilities and impossibilities in the coming decades and in year 2050.

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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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