Breaking the deadlock!


Have you not yet registered for the IADC conference "Financing Sustainable Marine and Freshwater Infrastructure" on 9 February 2023 in Dubai? If not, then don't delay, register now!

The programme has been designed for professionals in the fast changing world of finance, dredging or related sectors, and is an event you don't want to miss.


All stakeholders recognise the importance of sustainable projects. Investors have green-labelled funds, governments have a green taxonomy in place and contractors are continually developing nature-based solutions. Everyone it would appear is committed to sustainability, however parties face difficulties in bringing it all together in executing projects. How then can parties break the deadlock in the funding of sustainable projects?


The focus of the conference will address who needs to do what and what is needed to break this deadlock. The event aims to recognise the different obstacles experienced by different stakeholders. By having interactive discussions among stakeholders and audience based on four eye-catching marine infrastructure projects, potential solutions to overcome these hurdles will be identified. The final result will be a prioritised list of activities to break down the obstacles.


Four marine infrastructure projects are presented and discussed:

  • Lightning, Abu Dhabi
  • Naksov, Denmark
  • Bacton, United Kingdom
  • Mubarraz, Abu Dhabi


Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Andrea Bassi, Senior Associate at IISD
  • Robert de Bruin, Director Public Affairs at Van Oord NV
  • Wim Dhont, Area Manager Middle East at Jan De Nul
  • Paul Erftemeijer, Director/Principal Marine Scientist at Damco Consulting
  • Arjan Hijdra, Managing Director Vital Ports
  • René Kolman, Secretary General at IADC
  • Ole Larsen, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DHI
  • Mike van der Vijver, moderator
  • Christian Wertli, Head Infrastructure Solutions at Swiss Re


Network opportunities

Face-to-face social contact is invaluable and all delegates are welcome at our special pre-conference evening “meet and greet” on Wednesday 8 February 2023. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals from all over the world and expand your network. A networking area for delegates will also be available throughout the conference.


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