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Debris Removal Platform by Van Oord wins IADC Safety Award 2018

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 17 September 2018 – Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform – developed in-house – has won the 2018 IADC Safety Award. By changing the existing technique of manually removing debris to an automated system, the risk of personal injury is reduced.

During dredging, debris can fill the trailing draghead of a trailing suction hopper dredger. When the suction pipe is brought back on board, debris that was trapped in the draghead will then fall onto the deck. To safely remove the debris, Van Oord has developed an automated debris removal system. After taking out the non-recyclables, the Debris Removal Platform – powered by a hydraulically driven bulldozer blade - pushes the debris over the side of a vessel.

The Debris Removal Platform reduces the risk of personal injury due to manual handling and eliminates slips and trips. Other safety benefits include the use of safe and sustainable material, shielded rotating parts, a safety railing and no lifting and rigging operation.

Coen van den Berg, Engineer and creator of the Debris Removal Platform
Coen van den Berg, Engineer and creator of the Debris Removal Platform
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IADC Safety Award

With its Safety Award, the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) encourages the development of safety skills on the job and rewards people and companies demonstrating diligence in safety awareness in the performance of their profession. At the Association’s annual general meeting on Friday 14 September, IADC President Frank Verhoeven announced that Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform had been selected as the winner from among the eight nominees.

Say YES to safety

Van Oord considers working together proactively on safety to be very important. As a global player in the marine contracting sector, it is our licence to operate. Within our say YES to safety programme we encourage everyone to demonstrate safety leadership. Continuously improving our working environment by using our ingenuity is a natural part of that.

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