DPWH Cleanup Project Underway, Watermaster Deployed to Cotabato

Image source: DPWH Region XII

The Philippines Government’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has deployed a multi-purpose amphibious dredger (MPAD) to clear water hyacinths along Rio Grande de Mindanao in Cotabato City. 

The rapid proliferation of water hyacinths clogged the waterway and severely damage facilities protecting riverwalls and bridges in some areas of the ARMM and Central Mindanao in 2016. Low– lying areas in Cotabato City were submerged by floodwaters and displaced thousands of constituents in weeks, said DPWH in its latest release.

Water hyacinth is considered the most damaging aquatic plant capable to reproduce at extraordinary rate thereby chokes lakes and rivers.

To prevent accumulation of the “green menace”, DPWH, through the initiative of Regional Director Basir M. Ibrahim and Engr. Silvano A. Fontilla, Chief of Equipment Management Division recently delivered the new multipurpose amphibious dredger– Watermaster Classic V to the designated dredging site.

According to DPWH, the multipurpose amphibious dredger with 10 inches suction pipe is a powerful equipment that can move and work in dry grounds and shallow water areas up to 6m depth. It is currently deployed at the Delta Bridge in Cotabato City.

Image source: DPWH Region XII

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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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