8th Annual Dredging and Reclamation

Improving cost efficiency, reducing lead time, and ensuring the sustainability of dredging operations

As Federal, State and Local government moves to protect their environmental resources there is uncertainty within the dredging industry in the value of undertaking capital dredge projects. The most recent prohibition of banning off-shore dredge disposal within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is indicative of a widening theme in government regulation, which is making it increasingly more difficult and expensive to gain approval for and dispose of dredge spoil. Additionally, the end of the mining boom has undermined confidence in the immediate need for port development and thus capital dredging.

However, while mining may not be a growth area, exports are forecast for continual growth. According to the HSBC Global Connection Trade Forecast, the value of Australian exports is predicted to increase in 2016 and in the next five years the export of LNG is expected to contribute to 40% of this growth. Moreover, the ships are getting larger. Whether they are tourist ocean liners or trade vessels, the ships that are arriving in ports require greater harbour depth. As such, there is still a pressing need for both maintenance and capital dredging in Australia.

With that, IQPC’s 8th Annual Dredging and Reclamation Conference has been designed to address these pressing problems and provide you with practical insights from the leading Project Managers of Dredging Activities, Technology Developers, State & Federal Government Regulators and prospective Solutions Providers. This conference offers the perfect opportunity to cement key partnerships and drive the industry forward.

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The 8th Annual Dredging and Reclamation Conference will include:

Interactive Sessions

International and local case studies applicable to the Australian context

Real Situation Analysis

Representatives from federal and state government bodies clarifying the approvals process, new environmental regulations and the stance on capital dredging.

ISO Technical Committee

Best practice examples by leading Australian industry leaders

Reduce Costs and Improve Quality

Incredible networking opportunities

Networking Opportunities

A Discussion-based program and interactive workshops

Main Themes will include, but not be limited to:


Strategies for securing project approval


Exploring recycling options for dredge spoil disposal


Achieving and maintaining stake-holder confidence


Aligning dredging activities with the long term-sustainability of ports


Making reclamation economically viable


Analyzing the environmental impact of dredging activity

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