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The conference is part of Navingo’s dredging platform which also comprises the online news portal DredgingToday.com and the recent Dredging Vessel Directory.

This event will offer a forward-looking agenda for the industry addressing economic, social and environmental challenges and the capabilities of the dredging industry to tackle these.

Dredging Today Conference is distinctive in its choice of speakers from around the globe, its room for dialogue and its attention for business rather than technology. The conference is supported by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC).


The world in which the dredging industry operates, is changing. Climate change, global trade developments and shifts in the world’s energy mix are but a few factors with significant impact. But where will the effects of climate  change be felt most? And what public funds are available to pay for solutions that can protect vulnerable regions?

We are also witnessing changes in client demands and with these in the role of dredging contractors. What business strategies do we see emerging and ultimately – what makes the dredging industry future proof?

Delegates attending the 1st Dredging Today Conference can expect a forward-looking agenda with attention for business rather than technology.




13.30 – 15:15 Keynotes session: Which current trends are your best friends?
In this session high level speakers will provide topical and fresh insights on the global picture for dredging, covering the main drivers for dredging: 1) expected developments in world trade, 2) urban development near coastlines, 3) coastal protection, 4) offshore energy and 5) tourism and leisure.

  • Words of welcome and official conference opening, Alexander Verbeek, Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Fellow, Yale University
  • Strategic plans for Chittagong Port – national and international scope, Rear Admiral M. Khaled Iqbal, Chairman, Chittagong Port Authority
  • Sea borne trade and urban development – views from the UAE, John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, NMDC
  • Maurice de Kok, Director Strategic Business Development, Van Oord
  • Offshore energy drivers for dredging, Richard Brakenhoff, Industry Analyst, Rabobank


15.15 – 15.45 Refreshments


15.45 – 17.15 Thematical session: Climate change and its impact on dredging|
This session zooms in on the effects of climate change, both physical (1) for example with sea level rise, flooding and erosion and non-physical (2) for example by changing client demands regarding operations, driving CO2 reductions and use of alternative fuels, among others.
In particular this session will discuss what this means for the dredging community and how this drives demand for dredging solutions.

  • The physical aspects of climate change: Rising sea levels, Rob van Dorland, Senior Adviser Climate, KNMI
  • Adaptation: Sustainable land reclamation in South East Asia in light of climate change Mark van Zanten, Senior Project Manager Water, RoyalHaskoningDHV
    Sustainable land reclamation in South East Asia in the light of climate change: how do three different countries in the region consider climate change in their land reclamation projects? Countries addressed will be Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Aspects covered will be flood risk management, climate adaptation and the polder alternative.
  • Responding to changing client demands, Sander Dekker, Sustainability Manager, Van Oord & Erik van der Blom, R&D Manager, Royal IHC

17.15 Drinks



09.30 – 11.00 Thematical session: Solutions and funding for climate change adaptation
This session addresses how the dredging community and dredging industry can respond to climate change. The emphasis in this session will be on what international financial institutions, in particular multilateral and regional development banks, are doing in support of climate change adaptation and how industry and national governments can become involved in adaptation action programs.

  • Louis Strydom, Business Development Manager – Project Development at FMO – Dutch Development Bank
  • Dick Konijn, Owner – CEO, ID Consultancy BV
  • Ine Moulaert, Senior Engineer Marine Environmental Department, Jan De Nul and Member PIANC Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation
  • Commerijn Plomp, World Bank and IFC private sector liaison officer for the Netherlands, Team International Organisations, Netherlands Enterprise Agency


11.00 – 11.30 Refreshments


11.30 – 12.15 Thematical session: Dredging for clean energy
This session takes a look at developments where dredging meets climate mitigation, for example to support low carbon energy projects.

  • Hub and Spoke vision for North Sea offshore wind energy, Rob van der Hage, Manager North Sea Infrastructure, TenneT
  • Dredging for hydropower, Jan Peters, Managing Director, Alia Systems & Imotec


12.15 – 13.00 Closing session: How are you making your business resilient?
Panel discussion on how the dredging industry is preparing for the future. Topics include: how are companies anticipating climate change and its effects; how are companies working on project integration and collaborating in a more holistic way; how are companies leveraging technologies developed outside the industry?

  • Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International 
  • André van Hassent, Asset Manager Ports & Fairways, Port of Rotterdam
  • Olivier Marcus, Product Director Dredging, Damen Shipyards
  • John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, NMDC
  • Maurice de Kok, Director Strategic Business Development, Van Oord


13.00 Refreshments

14.00 End of conference


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