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President's Invitation to CEDA Dredging Days 2015

Commission - Board - JensenOver the last 35 years CEDA Dredging Days has established itself as the premier event for dredging professionals to get together and discuss key industry issues. This year’s conference and exhibition on 5-6 November 2015 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will focus on Innovative Dredging Solutions for Ports and, with its concentration of cutting-edge knowledge and practical application, it should be an outstanding event.

In addition to a programme of 22 highly-focused presentations, from international specialists, there will also be sessions – Academic Sessions and Young CEDA Pitch Talks – which aim to support our young dredging professionals. Also, with sustainability as a watchword, the CEDA Environment Commission will endeavour, in a special interactive session with the audience, to find a common understanding of what sustainability should mean for dredging projects.

The technical sessions will be complemented by a dredging exhibition, exclusively open to conference delegates, where leading companies  will showcase their latest products and services.

CEDA Dredging Days 2015 will run alongside Europort 2015, at Ahoy Rotterdam, the Netherlands, making a wealth of knowledge, technology and innovation, available – all in one place. The conference programme perfectly complements the largest maritime trade show in the region. The combination will make Rotterdam the place to be for busy dredging professionals in November.

There is usually a lot of positive energy, inspiring talks, and discussions during CEDA Dredging Days – both in and outside the formal sessions – and this year will be no exception. Alongside the technical sessions, there will be many opportunities for delegates to relax, network and exchange ideas, over drinks, including the very popular CEDA Netherlands Reception. As a bonus, those who opt for the technical visit will get to see one of the 30 locations on the Dutch Water Programme ‘Room for the River’, which is part of the largest water construction project in the Netherlands since the Delta Works.

I would like to thank our sponsors – Antea Group and Royal IHC (Gold Sponsors) , Seatools and Wartsila (Silver Sponsors) and Damen Dredging Equipment (Bronz Sponsor) and media partner IHS DPC – for their valuable support in making this such a great event.

The comprehensive programme, exhibitions, networking with over 250 like-minded peers and ‘Room for the river’ technical visit, all promise to provide much inspiration and practical knowledge that will be useful beyond the event. I look forward to seeing you at CEDA Dredging Days 2015.

Anders Jensen
CEDA President