The images below represent some of the many operational circumstances in which William has been involved over his long career in the industry.
Capital Dredging is a term generally used in the industry for dredging projects involving large quantities of materials removed from the seabed hydraulically and transported hydraulically to onshore spoil or reclamation areas.
The basic equipment used in this type of work is primarily Cutter Suction Dredgers supported by ancilliary equipment both on and offshore.
The one shown here was under my command in 1985. In 1975 when it was launched it was one of the four most powerful CSD's in the world.
More about this particular vessel HERE.
Back-hoe Dredging using a Jack up platform
Backhoe dredging can be the selected method of operation in many smaller projects.
The spoil is usually - (but not always), loaded into barges and thereafter deposited in the designated area according to the contract terms and conditions.
Some of the most powerful backhoe dredgers are capable of breaking out hard materials such as sandstone, limestone, cap-rock and other types that cannot be broken using other dredging methods. An example of more powerful machines working on some of my projects can be seen HERE.
Reconstruction of Revetment in Oman
In Oman,Gonu caused coastal damage due to storm surge and storm wave impact as well as wadi flooding. High water marks, overland flow depths, and inundation distances were measured in the coastal flood zones along the Gulf of Oman from 1 to 4 August 2007.
I was involved in the repairs to some of the revetments in The vicinity of the Palace of The Sultan. The concrete blocks seen here were thrown around like pebbles in the storm. By the way, these blocks each weigh over 250 tonnes. Read more about this project HERE.
This damaged and sinking dredger we one that had been bombed during the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces in 1990.
Then in 2010, and because it was in the way of a new project, it had to be removed.
Our senior consultant was responsible for the planning and execution of the removal operation.
Because of the danger of unexploded ordnance within the wreckage, special measure were taken to ensure a safe operation. More about this HERE.
Revetments and Rock Transport
Shore protection is an important large part many marine works. Contract specifications usually require the rock to b of a demanding specification. As such, the source of such material is often hundreds of miles from the project site. Therefore, the costs involved in procurement add significantly to the overall project budget. It follows that large loads are more cost effective. This 12,000dwt barge shows rock being brought to Kuwait from Ras Al Khaima in the southern Gulf. More about this kind of activity HERE.