On 16 June, IADC will organise its third Meet the Experts webinar. This time about the importance of sustainability in dredging.


In this third webinar, the topic of sustainability in dredging will be linked to the Saly Coastal Protection Project in Senegal. Van Oord was called in to reinforce and revitalise the coastline. Saly Portudal is one of the coastal communities worldwide suffering from sea-level rise and the other negative effects of accelerated climate change. The project, which encompasses the touristic area of Saly, aims to protect people, houses, economic and cultural infrastructure in the region against coastal erosion. After the beaches started to disappear at the end of the nineties, the largest tour operator in the Senegalese village departed and hotel room prices fell. As the number of tourists dwindled, so did the household incomes of Saly Portudal’s many local craftsmen. Van Oord was called in to reinforce and revitalise the coastline.

The project consisted of the construction of 12 detached parallel breakwaters and a number of small groynes. After construction of the breakwaters and groynes, the beach was nourished with approximately 600.000 m3 of sand. The rocks were sourced from a local quarry and installed using dry earth moving equipment. The sand was dredged in an offshore borrow area with the trailing suction hopper dredger Dravo Costa Dorada and pumped ashore through a 2.5-kilometre-long floating pipeline.


Meet the Experts

Maarten Meeder and Joffrey Cary of Van Oord will explain the biggest challenges and impact on the environment during the execution of the project as well as how Van Oord implemented sustainability in this project. The webinar is free of charge.

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Interested? Simply sign up via the registration button and take your place to ask Maarten and Joffrey everything you want to know about the importance of sustainability in dredging!


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Replay option

Not able to join us on the day? No problem! If you register, the webinar will be available to watch it afterwards.


Previous webinars

In the second quarter of 2021, IADC already organised two interactive and informative webinars with experts from the dredging sector. Topics such as the importance of survey and site investigation, and managing financial risks were discussed. Were you unable to attend one of the previous webinars? No problem, the first two webinars are now available to watch it on demand.