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Growing dredging best practice in India

Posted: 30-Mar-2017

Dredger at work on the Hooghly River in West Bengal State, North East India - one of the locations across India where HR Wallingford will be sharing its dredging expertise.

HR Wallingford has been awarded a contract to work in partnership with M/S Dredging Solutions to support the expansion of the dredging activities of the Indian Government-owned Dredging Corporation of India (DCI).

Working as Technical and Project Consultants, HR Wallingford will share its expertise in project design, as well as its knowledge and experience in the performance, operation and maintenance of dredgers.  The collaboration with HR Wallingford will support DCI in its drive to grow its share of the dredging services market in India and around the world. Project work is planned to take place in a number of locations across India, including the Hooghly River in North East India.

With its Head Office at Visakhapatnam, in the Bay of Bengal, DCI is involved in maintenance dredging, capital dredging, beach nourishment, land reclamation, shallow water dredging, project management consultancy and marine construction. DCI helps to maintain the required depths in shipping channels of the Major and Minor Ports, Navy, fishing harbours and other maritime organisations.

In 2014, HR Wallingford worked with Kolkata Port Trust (KOPT) trialling new dredging techniques aimed at improving overall dredging efficiency. HR Wallingford has also recently undertaken Project Management Consultancy (PMC) work in Jamnagar, Gujarat, on the west coast.

The company’s multidisciplinary team of dredging specialists has provided site supervision and represented clients on some of the world’s largest dredging projects, including DP World’s London Gateway Port development in the UK and the Ichthys, Gladstone and Wheatstone LNG projects in Australia.

HR Wallingford has created a two-day Dredging Management Course which supports port authorities and regulators in the planning, commissioning and managing of dredging projects. The course covers the lifecycle of dredging projects, highlighting the environmental aspects with the view to minimising the impacts on the surrounding environment, as well as the costs and risks involved. Led by international experts in the field, the classroom-based training combines theory, practical exercises and open discussion to give insight into real-life dredging projects.

The next course takes place on 25-26 April 2017 at HR Wallingford’s offices in Oxfordshire. Find out more: http://training.hrwallingford.com/training/environmental-aspects-of-dredging


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