Our History in Brief
CEDA was launched at the 8th World Dredging Congress (WODCON) in Amsterdam in November 1978. The distinguished group at that inaugural meeting sowed the seeds for an international dredging association that could be a source of pride to its members and the dredging and marine construction industry.
Thanks to the unflagging dedication, enthusiasm and hard work of our members, and the support of our corporate members, CEDA has grown into a highly-respected and dynamic organisation with an impressive history.
2009: CEDA is granted official observer status in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive Strategic Co-ordination Group
2007: CEDA is granted official observer status in the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
2004: CEDA is granted official observer status in the EU Water Framework Directive Strategic Co-ordination Group
2002: African Section established
1992: CEDA is granted official observer status at the OSPAR Commission
1990: CEDA is granted official observer status at the London Convention as an NGO,
1990: Environmental Steering Committee (ESC) established (known today as CEDA Environment Commission, CEC for short)
1988: Belgian Section established
1982: British Section established
1980: CEDA organises the first CEDA Dredging Days, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more please click CEDA Dredging Days
1980: Netherlands Section established
1978: CEDA organizes the World Dredging Congress (also known as WODCON) for the 1st time - WODCON VIII, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more please click WODA
1978: CEDA holds its inaugural meeting (15 November, Amsterdam)
2015 – to date: Polite Laboyrie, Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands
2008 – 2015: Anders Jensen, Femern Baelt (until 2011), DHI Denmark
2000 – 2008: Dipl. Ing. Rewert Wurpts, Port Authority Emden, Germany
1995 – 2000: Brian Wheeler, Brian Wheeler Associates, UK
1990 – 1995: B. Steen Christensen, Consultant Engineer, Denmark
1978 - 1990: Prof. Jan de Koning, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Our history in pictures
Visit the Photo gallery to see some of the events that we have been involved in over the years.