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CEDA-UK: John Sargent Lecture: The Suez Project


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The latest Suez Canal expansion has certainly been a large scale project by many measures. The $8.2 billion investment over only 12 months saw 45 dredging vessels move up to 1.7 million m³ per day of dredged material with over 250 million m³ moved in total.

The project comprised the construction of a 35 km long new canal section in addition to 37km of deepening and widening to the Great Bitter Lakes and Ballah by-passes.  This increased the number of vessels per day from 49 to 97, with the aim to support the Suez Canal Area Development Project, enhance the Egyptian national economy and turn Egypt into an international logistics centre.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) issued a tender in 2014, divided into six lots. SCA undertook Lot 1 themselves, the “Challenge Consortium” (consisting of Boskalis, Van Oord, Jan De Nul and NMDC) successfully tendered for Lots 2 – 5, and the consortium DEME / Great Lakes were awarded Lot 6.

In order to complete this project in the incredibly ambitious one year programme, the largest dredging fleet ever was mobilised.  This, combined with efficient management of the associated logistic and organisational requirements resulted in the new channel being opened by the Egyptian President, to programme, on 06 August 2015.

Jaap Dekker, Project Director of the Challenge Consortium and Dirk Draulans, Project Director of the DEME / Great Lakes Consortium will give a presentation about how their respective parts of the project were successfully completed. 

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ICE, London
15 March 2016 - 15 March 2016
18.30 hrs (following CEDA AGM at 18.00 hrs)