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•During the reward ceremony Mr Slager right received the award from Michael Gerhardt, Assistant Executive Director DCA middle

 During the reward ceremony Mr Slager right received the award from Michael Gerhardt, Assistant Executive Director DCA middle

Successful presentation at the WODCON 2016 in Miami

At the WODCON 2016 held last week in Miami, USA, Damen has been awarded the “Best Paper Award”. The paper on dredge pump design, written and presented by Mr Klaas Slager, is about efficient dredge pump design.

The WODCON is the annual conference of the Wester Dredging Association. At this venue the world’s leading dredging specialist gather to discuss developments in the industry. In total some 120 presentations were held over the 4-days gathering. During the closing ceremony held on the 17th of June the committee, representing the Dredging Contractors of America and Western Dredging Association, rewarded the best paper.

Mr Klaas Slager and his co-author Mr Mark Winkelman were awarded the “Best Paper Award”. Their paper, called “On the relation of Maximum Ball Passage and Recirculation Losses in Dredge Pumps” highlighted their research results in the ongoing dredge pump design activity for the Damen dredge pump range.

Mr Klaas Slager during his presentation on dredge pump efficiency

Mr Klaas Slager during his presentation on dredge pump efficiency

Mr Slager said “It is a honour to receive this award for our paper. We are glad that in this competitive playing field, the paper committee recognized the quality of our work. For Damen – as dredge builder – it is vital to understand the relation between ball passage and efficiency of a dredge pump in order to be able to build an efficient dredger. Of course, Damen will continue to do research on dredging processes. We feel encouraged by this award to share more of our work with the dredging community.”

The award ceremony was part of the closing notes of the WEDA committee. The dredging community can look back on a fruitful exchange of ideas, with the promise of a new conference with fresh ideas in three year’s time.

About Damen Dredging Equipment:

Damen Dredging Equipment is a specialised supplier of dredging equipment and dredging instrumentation & automation. Fully owned by Damen Shipyards Group and based in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, the company has over 75 years of experience in the construction of dredging equipment serving the worldwide dredging industry. The dredging tools are all built to specific customer requirements, making use of a wide range of standard equipment.

More information can be found on www.damendredging.com

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

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