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.
A one-dimensionalhorizontal modelling tool which accurately predicts the overflow of sediments and bed layer distribution inside the hopper of a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger is introduced.
Validation of the Tass System for Predicting the Environmental Effects of Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers
Models created by researchers using innovative software have been tested and validated by monitoring trailers during dredging operations.
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 newly built “jumbo” trailing suction hopper dredgers – ranging from 17,000 to 34,000 m3 capacity – have expanded the capabilities of the dredging industry enormously.