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Ecuador: High Technology in Dredging to Improve Channel in Posorja

24.8.2018

From the right side of the ship Pedro Álvarez Cabral slowly opens a huge arm that gradually enters the sea. It's like a vacuum that reaches the seabed to suck up material and dredge.

The ship, 148 meters long and equipped with modern technological resources, has operated for the last 2 months in the entrance channel to Posorja, parish of Guayaquil.

Its task is to dredge the channel to a depth of 16 meters, so that the post-Panamax type ships can pass through. Pedro Álvarez Cabral is the largest of the three dredges used by the Belgian company Jan De Nul, which has a contract with the firm DP World, the concessionaire of the new deepwater port that is being built in Posorja.

Michael Dandanell, project director, explains that the dredger Pedro Álvarez Cabral uses high-precision technology. "It's all computerized, a technological control is done second by second to have high-precision dredging," he says.

The work area is determined by studies approved by the Ministry of Environment and other agencies, says Dandanell.

Dandanell emphasizes environmental controls, management plans and even permanent studies of barimetry and marine flora and fauna. The crew is 13 people of various nationalities.

Jan Van Den Driessche, director of Jan De Nul for South America, highlights the experience of the Belgian company. For its fleet and technology is the first in this field, he says. It has the largest dredgers on the planet. In Ecuador, it has dredged the access channel to Puerto Bolívar, in El Oro, where it is responsible for maintenance, and also in the port of Manta.

 

 

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