Government Plans to Dredge Penang River

A tender is expected to be advertised later this week seeking a contractor for the Penang River dredging work, according to the Fijian Minister for Waterways, Dr Mahendra Reddy.

The Fiji Times reports that the Government of Fiji was looking at a comprehensive package – a three-year program for Rakiraki.

Immediately what we want is — this Saturday there is a tender out in the papers for dredging of the Penang River,” he said.

That will happen in one and a half months and that particular project will begin.”

Up until now, we haven’t really had a national level of discourse on the importance of waterways. We’ve always taken for granted that waterways are there, but I think it’s time now to start a national level discourse.

“What are our commitments to protecting our waterways to ensure that Fijians are also guaranteed a secure source of water in the future but that’s a broader agenda.

“We will be developing a national waterways policy and strategic document that will lead to the development of specific waterways legislation,” said Dr Reddy at a public consultation in Rakiraki yesterday.

He also added that the establishment of the ministry demonstrated government’s commitment to ensure a long term strategy recognizing the importance of waterways in Fiji’s growth and development.

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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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