New chair of Young CEDA commission outlines ambitions

Joint Young PIANC and Young CEDA event at a new large sea lock being constructed at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden that will provide access to the Amsterdam port region. Credit: CEDA

The Young CEDA Commission has a new chair at the helm and he is seeking nominations for new members

After three years of leading Young CEDA to new heights, Peter de Looze of Monitrax stepped down as the chair of the Young CEDA Commission. Incoming chairman Mark Petri, a dredging consultant for Royal IHC, sees dredging as a fascinating industry, with exciting projects and amazing technologies, and he is delighted to be taking on such a vital role.

As a forum for young dredging professionals, Young CEDA provides members with plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas, gain new technical insights, and expand networks to enhance their careers. “It’s important to help young people entering the field to feel at home and hit the ground running. My ambition for Young CEDA is to organise activities and events that will enable our young professionals to get to know each other and share their knowledge,” said Petri.

Through a programme of regular activities, Young CEDA gives its members easy access to a supportive network of dredging and associated professionals across the CEDA region, representing academia, industry, and government. Members are actively encouraged to take every opportunity to interact with, and learn from, older, or more experienced, fellow dredging enthusiasts and colleagues.

Access to industry

Young CEDA’s activities are planned and implemented by the Young CEDA Commission, an international group of enthusiastic young professionals from various backgrounds, such as contractors, consultants, shipbuilders, ports, and government. Young CEDA participates in the organisation of CEDA events, including Dredging Days, seminars, and national meetings, to ensure that young members are properly represented.

Young CEDA events have included seminars that give attendees a flavour of what it is like to work in the industry, and organise visits to locks, project sites, shipyards, and working dredgers, for a more hands-on and practical experience.

One of the highlights in 2019 was Young CEDA’s input to Dredging Days 2019. Traditionally, Young CEDA hosts one hour of the CEDA Dredging Days programme.

In 2019, its Pitch Talks offered eight young professionals and students the opportunity to pitch their work in which 20 slides were shown for 20 seconds each in a fast-paced presentation. The talks were a good way to give airtime to young talent, and introduce them to the dredging industry at large.

New members welcome

As the new chairman, Petri plans to make a few changes to the commission. “My first task is to form and create a new board in the Netherlands.
Many of the Dutch board members will be leaving as they come to the end of their term, so I’ll be looking for three or four enthusiastic people, representing different companies, to join us. I invite CEDA corporate members to nominate youngsters for the vacant positions,” he said.

The Young CEDA Commission has a powerful voice within CEDA and members of the commission also get the chance to take part in other CEDA commissions, such as the Education Activities Commission, Communications Commission, and the Strategy Commission, as well as the CEDA Board.

Petri is keen to make sure that the diversity and varied interests of the Young CEDA members are represented in a balanced way throughout the association. Joining the commission will be a great opportunity for young professionals to get involved and take the first step towards changing and shaping the industry in this new decade.

Corporate members, from across the CEDA region, wishing to nominate a young professional should contact the CEDA Secretariat for details.

In a final word outgoing chairman, de Looze, said, “After three years, full of good memories, it’s definitely time to let someone newbuild on Young CEDA’s achievements. I look forward to seeing how Mark will shape Young CEDA as it prepares our young professionals for the coming decade.”