On Thursday, 28th of September, a meeting was held by the Central Dredging Association at the Damen Dredging Equipment’s (DDE) yard in Nijkerk, the Netherlands. The focus of the event was on small scale dredging. Mr J.G.S. Pennekamp, CEDA chairman and host of the event, welcomed a crowd of dredging professionals, including contractors, civil engineers, consultants, civil servants and dredge and component manufacturers.
The meeting commenced with a tour of the DDE yard, the dredging expertise centre of the Damen Shipyards Group. At the yard, a wide array of dredgers and dredging equipment was on display, including cutter suction dredgers and DOP submersible dredge pumps. During the evening Mr Oliver Marcus, Product Director of DDE delivered a presentation on the many tools available to tackle small scale dredging projects. Mr René van der Zweep from Koninklijke Smals focused on the project execution side and the last speaker, Mr John Stam from Waterschap Hollandse Delta highlighted small scale dredging from an awarding authority point of view.
The successful networking event focused on innovations and challenges faced by all participants.