Damen Wins ‘Best Paper Award’


At the WODCON 2016 held last week in Miami, US, Damen was 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, where the world’s leading dredging specialists gather to discuss developments in the industry.

In total some 120 presentations were held over the 4-day gathering. During the closing ceremony held on June 17, 2016 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.

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Mr Slager said: “It is an honour to receive this award for our paper. We are glad that in this competitive playing field, the paper committee recognised 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.”

Fact File: 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.

Fact File: 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.

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