The launch ceremony of Shanti Sagar 17 – an 8,000m3 standardised trailing suction hopper dredger – took place on 31 March at Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) recently completed work in Vlissingen and Brest on two vessels in the fleet of dredging and marine construction specialist Jan de Nul Group. The first is Vole au vent, a 140m jack-up vessel built specifically for the installation of the latest generation of offshore wind turbines; the second is the trailing suction hopper dredger Leiv Eiriksson.
The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) has awarded contracts totalling RO 705 million to date — a figure that is set to soar on the back of a plethora of new infrastructure and utility contracts due to be tendered out over the coming 12-plus months.
NMDC Ltd, country’s largest iron ore producer and exporter in public sector, will be setting up an iron ore crushing plant and more downhill conveyor systems at its Bailadila Iron Ore Mines at its Kirandul Complex in Dantewada district which is a bastion of Leftist insurgents.
The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management and services agreement with Songa Offshore for four Cat-D type semi-submersible drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. Through the partnership with Wärtsilä, Songa Offshore ensures optimal performance and maximum availability of the Wärtsilä engines and thrusters on board the drilling rigs, which operate in extremely harsh conditions. This is possible with real-time knowledge of the actual condition of the equipment, provided by Wärtsilä’s digital offering.
A trailing suction hopper dredger ordered by Gippsland Ports of Victoria, Australia, in December 2015 has been been launched at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China.
The vessel, Tommy Norton, is now alongside the yard’s new quay undergoing final commissioning, after which she will sail for Shanghai to undertake sea trials. Once those are completed she will sail for Australia on her own keel for dredging trials and delivery. The official handover will take place in August.
The New South Wales government has announced an 8-million-Australian-dollar (six million U.S. dollars) coastal dredging strategy on Wednesday, aimed at improving the state’s ports and harbors.
Maintenance dredging of Ponce de Leon Inlet is scheduled to begin April 11 and provides an interim solution to sand deposited in the inlet by Hurricane Matthew. Dredging keeps the channel open for safe navigation for as long as possible through summer 2017.
United Arab Emirates stocks were lower after the close on Sunday, as losses in the Transport, Insurance and Finance & Investment sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Dubai, the DFM General fell 0.32%, while the ADX General index lost 0.52%.
P&O Ports,owned by the Government of Dubai, has won a 30-year concession for the management and development of a multi-purpose port project at Bosasso in the Puntland State of Somalia. The approximate investment for the modern multi-purpose facility will be USD $ 336m (approx. AED 1.235b) divided into two phases: USD $136 million (approx. AED500m) for Phase 1 and USD$ 200 million (approx. 745m) for phase 2.
Contract crews are beginning work on the final phase of dredging at the Ashland Project, where remediation is taking place in Chequamegon Bay.