Ports Department Issues Addendum Promoting Waste to Wealth in the Dredging Sector

The Department for Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued an addendum to encourage waste to wealth in the dredging sector for large ports. This would allow the use of dredged material in the tendering process with the necessary approval from the authorities, a government release said on Friday.

The department announced major port dredging guidelines in 2021 to provide an estimate of project costs based on acceptable major port international standards. The guidelines include the latest surveying and surveying technology systems recommended for investment dredging projects.

The guidelines should offer fair and equal opportunities to any new entrant into the dredging industry as these cannot be based on either the Minor Ports Survey Organization (MPSO) or the Dredging Company of India (DCI), the former company has been closed and the later majority shares have been divested ; Concepts of secured depth contract, contract in EPC mode, annuity model or hybrid annuity model must be considered as a dredging option.

With this addition to the previous guidelines, the wise use of dredged material needs to be adequately explored and accordingly the concept of ‘Waste to Wealth’ in the dredging sector has been highlighted which is now being issued to the Major Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Dredging Corporation of India (DCI), the press release said.

The Addendum to the Dredging Guidelines outlines the wide range of beneficial uses of dredged material, including engineering uses for construction and environmental improvement. There is a need for a comprehensive study of the properties of the dredged soil with geotechnical data of the dredging area of ​​the dredging project.

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal emphasized that implementation of the dredging project with beneficial use of the dredged material is expected to reduce dredging costs. This would also ensure the sustainability of the environment according to “Waste to Wealth” and the mantra of 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle given by our Prime Minister, the minister said.

This addition to the Guide has also highlighted the need to make data on soil type and condition, approximate amount of dredged material and landfill sites available to potential bidders in advance. This is subject to the environmental regulations for the disposal of dredged material and the approval of the responsible state authority.

The dredging companies could take care of the disposal of the dredged material while promoting the concept of Waste to Wealth, the press release said.

Waste to Wealth is a government mission to identify, develop and deploy technologies to treat waste to generate energy, recycle materials and extract value.

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