End of an era

Ines Nastali, senior custom publishing editor

DPC has been reporting about dredging innovations and the wider market for more than 50 years. However, after the upcoming May edition, IHS Markit has decided to cease publication of the magazine that faces the harsh conditions of the highly competitive print market.

You therefore will receive the penultimate issue of this magazine soon. With the magazine having become another victim of the declining financial revenue that the print market offers, the editorial team behind DPC wants to say farewell to a journal that has served as chronologist of the dredging industry.

In the final edition, we will look at game-changing developments in the dredging industry that have been introduced over the past 50 years.

This will include the Panama and Suez canals, the creation of Dubai’s Palm Islands, as well as discussing the pros and cons of the Jones Act and the one-man bridge. Many of you have not only followed DPC’s coverage of these advancements in the past decades, but also contributed to it, throughout the development of your respective careers.

I would therefore like to invite you to write in and let us know what you think was the most important dredging development over the past five decades that changed operations please click here to get in touch.

To catch you up on current works at the Suez Canal, read our feature article of the April issue, giving an overview of dredging works under way in Egypt. Together with Royal IHC, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) will build 10 ships “at SCA’s shipyard in Egypt, boosting the country’s manufacturing sector that contributes 16.7% to the country’s gross domestic product”.

The Egyptian port construction project is only one of numerous developments of ports on the African continent. According to IHS Markit data, the continent comes second in terms of number of additions to trade hubs that are currently under way. Only in Asia are more port construction projects under development. These and other projects will also be discussed in the final issue of DPC.

Finally, apart from digging into past and current dredging projects, we will look to the future to learn more about what technological and societal changes will influence the dredging industry in the coming years.