The IADC Safety Award is intended to encourage the development of safety skills on the job and to reward people and companies demonstrating diligence in safety awareness in the performance of their profession.


The dredging industry poses many risks for its employees. Dredging activities can be risky operations with hidden dangers lurking amongst heavy machinery. Safety is always a top priority and it is not a one-time effort. Constant vigilance requires innovation.



IADC is committed to promoting safety in the industry. A representative of contractors in the dredging industry, the global organisation encourages its more than 100 main and associated members – as well as non-members – to establish common standards and a high level of conduct in their worldwide operations.

Dredging activities can be risky operations with hidden dangers amongst heavy machinery. In response, the dredging industry proactively maintains a high level of safety standards. IADC’s members are committed to safeguarding their employees, continuously improving to guarantee a safe and healthy work environment and reducing the number of industry accidents and incidents to zero.

In 2013, IADC established a Safety Committee comprised of QHSE experts from its member companies to encourage the implementation of safety standards as well as enable the sharing of these practices amongst its members. The Safety Committee is committed to reducing the number of accidents and incidents in the industry, and as a result developed a “Charter of Best Practices” and annual Safety Award.



IADC conceived its Safety Award to encourage the development of safety skills on the job as well as heighten safety awareness and to reward individuals and companies demonstrating special diligence in safety awareness while performing their profession, ultimately making working environments safer.


Two Safety Awards

For several years, the IADC Safety Award was granted to safety innovations made for the dredging industry. Two safety awards will be given: one to a dredging company and a second will be granted to a supply chain organisation active in the dredging industry. This concerns subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services. Nominations for both awards can be submitted as from March 2023.

"As IADC we realise that suppliers of dredging contractors play an important role in increasing safety by offering innovative solutions with the help of the latest technical developments”, says René Kolman, Secretary General at IADC.



The IADC’s Safety Committee and Board of Directors will select the winners from the submitted nominations based on the criteria set forth in the guidelines for submission.



Dredging operations are risky. It maintains a level of safety that can compete with the offshore oil & gas sectors. The dredging industry pays a lot of attention to safety. IADC and its members are committed to safeguarding their employees, and to pursuing improvements in guaranteeing a safe and healthy work environment.

The Award will recognise the exceptional safety performance of:

  • a particular project,
  • a product,
  • a vessel,
  • a team or
  • employee(s).



It is now possible to enter your submissions for the annual IADC Safety Award 2023. Submissions for both categories must be entered by 31 May 2023. Download the brochure which includes a registration form here:




The IADC Board of Directors will present the winner of the Safety Award at the IADC Annual General Meeting. In addition to receiving a bronze statue, the winner then presents its safety innovation in an article in Terra et Aqua.



IADC granted the 2022 Safety Award for dredging contractors to DEME for its retractable ladder for track excavators. The existing steps on an excavator are located inside the boundary of the tracks, which can be the cause of many injuries and near misses. DEME’s retractable ladder provides a safe way for the operator to step on and off the machinery.

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IADC received eleven submission for the 2022 Safety Award.

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See the complete list of past winners and nominations of the IADC Safety Award:

Winner IADC Safety Award (Dredging Companies) 2021

The award was virtually handed over by René Kolman (left) to Quinten Schaumont  Area QHSSE Advisor at Jan De Nul. IADC President Frank Verhoeven (right) looks on.

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Nominations 2021

Winner IADC Safety Award (Supply Chain Organisations) 2021

The award was virtually handed over by René Kolman (left) to Mr Tan Leong Peng - Managing Director at Keppel FELS. IADC President Frank Verhoeven (right) looks on.

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Nominations 2021

Safety Award 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Safety Award 2020 competition and award ceremony was cancelled.

Winner IADC Safety Award 2019

On behalf of Boskalis, Hans Dieteren (left) accepts the Safety Award 2019 which was bestowed by IADC’s President Frank Verhoeven (right).

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Nominations 2019

Winner IADC Safety Award 2018

The winner of the Safety Award 2018 is Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform. Van Oord changed the existing technique of manually removing debris to an automated system, reducing the risk of personal injury.

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Nominations 2018

Winner IADC Safety Award 2017

Transport of Pipelines Optimisation by Jan De Nul Group is the winner of IADC’s Safety Award 2017. Jan De Nul Group optimised and enhanced the handling and transport of dredge pipes by combining three techniques.

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Nominations 2017

Winner IADC Safety Award 2016

DEME won for its “Enhanced muster station” initiative. The muster station on board of jack-up vessel Neptune, which is deployed by GeoSea, was enhanced by painting numbered circles on deck.

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Nominations 2016

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