Dredging Master Operator Training

Course Overview

The General Dredging Course is aimed at managers and technical and operational staff involved in dredging operations, such as dredging companies, port authorities and consultants. In particular, participants with a technical education but a limited knowledge and experience of dredging, will benefit. The course will further improve participant’s knowledge, leading to a more effective utilisation of dredging equipment.

Course Structure

To raise the general knowledge on dredging of the participants. The course is focussed on the design and operation of various dredging equipment and covers all aspects of dredging such as dredging processes, equipment selection, soil characteristics, automation and control, dredge project management, etc.

Course Contents

The course content can embrace all aspects of the dredging profession: preparation and execution of dredging projects, operation and maintenance of dredging equipment, the dredging processes etcetera.

  • General introduction to dredging

o Definition & History

o Types of dredgers, applications and selection

  • Soil Characteristics and their effect on dredging

o Soil Properties, soil investigation

o Influence on dredging processes

o Definition of important dredging parameters

o Site investigation and hydrographical survey

  • Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers

o Operational characteristics, dredging processes

o Main systems and components

  • Plain Suction Dredgers, Cutter Suction Dredgers and Bucket Wheel Dredgers

o Operational characteristics, dredging processes

o Main systems and components

  • Centrifugal Pumps and Slurry Transportation

o Construction and Behavior of Centrifugal Dredge Pumps

o Pipeline Behavior, Relation between Pump and Pipeline

o Wear and Production Calculations

  • Instrumentation and Automation

o Dredging instrumentation

o Measurements and control systems for dredging equipment

  • Practical and Management Aspects of Dredging
  • Costs of Dredging, dredging contracts and exploitation
  • Maintenance and wear aspects

Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 certification available