23 June 2016

Successful presentation at the WODCON 2016 in Miami

At the WODCON 2016 held last week in Miami, USA, Damen has been awarded the “Best Paper Award”. The paper on dredge pump design, written and presented by Mr Klaas Slager, is about efficient dredge pump design.

Mr Klaas Slager during his presentation on dredge pump efficiency

The WODCON is the annual conference of the Wester Dredging Association. At this venue the world’s leading dredging specialist gather to discuss developments in the industry. In total some 120 presentations were held over the 4-days gathering. During the closing ceremony held on the 17th of June the committee, representing the Dredging Contractors of America and Western Dredging Association, rewarded the best paper.

Mr Klaas Slager and his co-author Mr Mark Winkelman were awarded the “Best Paper Award”. Their paper, called “On the relation of Maximum Ball Passage and Recirculation Losses in Dredge Pumps” highlighted their research results in the ongoing dredge pump design activity for the Damen dredge pump range.

Mr Slager said “It is a honour to receive this award for our paper. We are glad that in this competitive playing field, the paper committee recognized the quality of our work. For Damen - as dredge builder - it is vital to understand the relation between ball passage and efficiency of a dredge pump in order to be able to build an efficient dredger. Of course, Damen will continue to do research on dredging processes. We feel encouraged by this award to share more of our work with the dredging community.”

The award ceremony was part of the closing notes of the WEDA committee. The dredging community can look back on a fruitful exchange of ideas, with the promise of a new conference with fresh ideas in three year’s time.

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On the top photo:

During the reward ceremony Mr Slager (right) received the award from Michael Gerhardt, Assistant Executive Director DCA (middle).

On the right photo:

Mr Klaas Slager during his presentation on dredge pump efficiency.

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