The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry: an industry that makes the world a safer, better and more sustainable place to live. IADC is driven to help that industry move forward with a variety of activities and publications, all of which can be found on this website.

News

Sustainability and the 2021 IADC Annual General Meeting

At IADC’s 2nd digital Annual General Meeting, held on 16 September 2021, 4 members of the Sustainability Committee and the Secretary General gave presentations highlighting a number of their activities.

12 October

Dredging in Figures 2020: published

The 2020 edition of Dredging in Figures, an annual review of the global open dredging market by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) is now available.

04 October

Edwin de Hoog wins the IADC Young Author Award 2021

IADC bestowed the Young Author Award 2021 to Edwin de Hoog. The award is given annually to “stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”.

29 September

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Seminars & Courses

To optimise the chances of the successful completion of a project, contracting parties should, from the start, fully understand the requirements of a dredging project. IADC’s seminar strives to provide an understanding of the basics of dredging through lectures and workshops which are given by industry experts in a classroom setting for a hands-on experience.

Publications

Dredging in Figures 2020

Dredging in Figures is an annual review of the global dredging market.

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Annual Report 2020

In this “Annual Report” the Board gives an overview of the state of affairs of IADC and its activities in 2020. The report highlights various projects that the Association has undertaken for the year.

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MEMBERS

IADC has over a hundred main and associated members.

Latest issue

Terra et Aqua is a quarterly publication which aims to disseminate knowledge accrued by global dredging professionals as well as solutions to issues facing the industry. Issues of Terra et Aqua feature articles covering dredging projects as well as the topics of safety, socio-economics, technical innovations and the environment.

 

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Published September 2021
Editorial (Autumn 2021)

Frank Verhoeven, President of IADC, shares his thoughts on todays’ issues related to the dredging industry and introduces the articles in this issue of Terra et Aqua.

Balancing project progress and limited system knowledge in Amatique Bay

The development of a new marine project demands a system approach in which all aspects, including technical, economic, environmental and social, are considered and integrated equally and at an early stage. While insufficient information may be available to make informed decisions, choices need to be made to progress a project, assess impacts and risks, and engage stakeholders. This article explores the case of a new port terminal in Amatique Bay, Guatemala. A method was developed to assess, at an early stage, the potential negative impacts on seagrass habitats from the disposal of dredged material at different locations, while having limited real-time and location-specific information at hand.

Study of greenhouse gas emissions during ripening of dredged marine sediment

As increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contribute to global warming, it is becoming more important to consider the carbon footprint of hydraulic engineering projects. This carbon footprint is more complex than previously thought however, as it can also include the carbon dynamics of the sediments from which projects are built. The purpose of this study was to provide a first approximation from sediment-related GHG emissions of dredged sediments. Using the case study of the clay ripening pilot project (‘Kleirijperij’) in Groningen, the Netherlands, one phase of sediment processing was examined: the ripening of dredged sediments for use as a clay material in dyke construction.

Submissions for IADC’s Safety Awards 2021

When individual employees, teams and companies view everyday processes and situations through a continuous lens of safety, they can each contribute to making all aspects of operational processes, whether on water or land, safer. For the 2021 Safety Awards, IADC’s Safety Committee received 15 submissions. Each one is assessed on five different categories; sustainability; level of impact on the industry; simplicity in use; effectiveness; and level of innovation.

Applying the ecosystem services concept in marine projects

A full consideration of ecosystem services (ES) impacts, interactions and improvements can result in more sustainable and adaptive solutions for dredging and marine construction projects. Furthermore, the benefits can be translated in monetary terms, providing returns on investment and highlighting the links between ecology and economy. For some however, the ES concept is too theoretical. This article seeks to show how the ES concept can actively be applied at any point during a project and the benefits of doing so. Its purpose is to provide a framework for integrated and interdisciplinary thinking throughout the different steps of the project cycle.

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