Dredging is defined as the underwater removal of soil, such as sand or gravel, and its transport from one place to another. Although it sounds like a simple act – one that many of us have experimented with as a child building sandcastles and dams at the beach – it is one that has helped shape our world.
Shaping the world
Without dredging, ground-breaking projects such as the construction of the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal and Palm Island would not exist. More importantly, dredging is vital to our social and economic development. Much of the infrastructure upon which our economic prosperity and social wellbeing is built has a direct link to dredging.
The world economy relies heavily on global trade, in which cost-effectiveness and ever larger ships are the trend. As a result, ports around the world are expanding and require constant maintenance and deepening of their access channels and basins. The construction industry also largely depends on dredging activities for the supply of sand and gravel, and with the growing world population and rising sea levels, land reclamation and coastal protection are becoming more and more important. And these are just some examples in which dredgers are put to work.
There is a growing need for dredging in many applications, both large and small, in either capital or maintenance works. Dredging is everywhere. Dredging offers a world of opportunities. So, to start dredging means to start shaping the world.