Safety Award 2018 Winner: Van Oord Debris Removal Platform

To promote innovations within the realm of safety within the dredging industry, the International Association of Dredging Companies gives a Safety Award to an exemplary programme, procedure or project each year. Announced at the IADC’s Annual General Meeting, 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.

Erosion Behaviour of a Draghead
Erosion Behaviour of a Draghead

The IADC Young Author Award-winning paper verifies the agreement between the theoretical calculations for a new toothless draghead and the real situation when the draghead is being used.

Dredging Rock with a Hopper Dredger: The Road to the Ripper Draghead
Dredging Rock with a Hopper Dredger: The Road to the Ripper Draghead

Research, investigations into pickpoints and cutting geometries, predictive models and trials were essential in constructing a ripper draghead that could be placed on a TSHD.

The Exploitation of Cockle Shells
The Exploitation of Cockle Shells

At the CEDA Dredging Days conference "Specialist Dredging Techniques, Inspiring Dredging Solutions", an IADC Young Authors Award was presented to a research paper on environmentally sensitive cockle dragheads.

Dredging Stiff to Very Stiff Clay in the Wielingen Using the DRACULA® System on a Hopper Dredger
Dredging Stiff to Very Stiff Clay in the Wielingen Using the DRACULA® System on a Hopper Dredger

Dredging stiff clay is notoriously difficult. A newly patented system using high pressure waterjets in the hopper dredger's draghead has solved several operational problems. For his description of this innovative technique, the author was presented with a 2002 IADC Award at the PIANC Conference in Sydney, Australia.