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Marine sand and gravel - Beyond the horizon

The titles of this year's Marine Sand and Gravel conference organised by EMSAGG "Beyond the Horizon" reflects the underlying theme of focusing on opportunities - whether from international markets or from innovations.

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Worldwide, we are witnessing construction programmes and infrastructure investment plans of immense scale. Collectively these are supporting social and economic growth. Climate change is a further major factor necessitating investment in coastal infrastructure to improve national resilience.

Irrespective of the socio-political drivers, all these initiatives require considerable resources. The winning of marine sand and gravel is playing an increasingly important role in meeting this demand. The European marine sand and gravel sector has made considerable progress in terms of environmental and technical performance over the past 25 years. This conference will provide an insight into how the sector is responding to client needs including recent developments in the sector at a policy, resource mapping and environment performance level.

However, while European performance is improving, there is increasing coverage in the media of poor practices internationally in terms of the winning of minerals, particularly sand which makes it even more important that good practices are disseminated. 

The titles of this year’s Marine Sand and Gravel conference organised by EMSAGG “Beyond the Horizon” reflects the underlying theme of focusing on opportunities - whether from international markets or from innovations.   

Conference objectives
This EMSAGG conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to hear from speakers at the forefront of marine sand and gravel developments, technologies and sustainability across Europe. The conference is s highly relevant to the dredging industry, its regulators, customers and other stakeholders and covers both technical and non-technical issues.


Day 1

 9.00am Event opens: networking, refreshments and registration 
Welcome & introduction to EMSAGG
Cees Laban, EMSAGG Chair, Marine Geological Advice, Netherlands


Keynote Address , John Tuckett, Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation
 Markets and opportunities 
European market forecasts – building and infrastructure, 
James Hastings, Head of Construction Futures, Experian
Beach nourishment practices in Europe and beyond 
Jaap Flikweert, Technical Director, RHDHV 
Transnational resource mapping in the North Sea: tools and challenges

Vera Van Lancker, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium


Refreshments & networking 
 Policy and regulatory aspects
A comparison of policy approaches across northern Europe
Ad Stolk, Rijkswaterstaat Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
UK Marine sand and gravel – regulatory and policy context
Matthew Kinmond, Marine Licensing Team, Marine Management Organisation



Lunch & networking 
 Research focus  - Pecha Kucha
Recent research and tools 
Gareth Carter, British Geological survey
Recent research and tools including UXO
Justin Dix, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
Biosecurity /Invasive species research
Susanna Armstrong, ABP Mer
Key facts and issues around the sand extraction in the Belgian part of the North Sea
Marc Roche, Federal Public Service Economy,  Continental Shelf Service, Belgium

2.15pm  tbc
Industry practice, challenges and innovation
New approaches to marine aggregate compliance monitoring, 
Keith Cooper CEFAS
Dredging and UXOs, 
Siegmund Schlie, Boskalis - Kiese und Sande Ostsee GmbH, Germany

 Debate   The sustainability and global pressures on sand and resources - communicating good practice
Scene setting, Mark Russell, Mineral Products Association
Getting it right, Martin Davies,  Environment Agency & Paul Canning, Atkins Global
Overcoming challenges, Robert Clark, Southern Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities


Summary and close, 
Cees Laban, EMSAGG chair, Marine Geological Advice, Netherlands 
 5.00pm – 6.30pm Networking drinks reception


Day 2
9.30am    Event opens : networking, refreshments & registration  
 A regional perspective

9.30am  Chairman’s Welcome & introduction 
Marine sand and gravel – ensuring environmental protection in the South Coast Aggregate Producing Region, Rob Langman, Marine Space
Marine sand and gravel infrastructure and activities  in the Southampton Area
Nick  Everington, The Crown Estate

Preview and arrangements for  Beach Management Workshop  (from 2:00pm)


(for 11:00 departure)  Boat trip - marine aggregate infrastructure and use - Southampton estuary
Sailing from the  NOC berth, this trip will highlight some of the  infrastructure relating to marine sand and gravel in the estuary. It will also  identify other significant commercial and industrial infrastructure in the area. The trip will last approximately 90 minutes. 

Lunch and close

14:00 - 17:00 
CIRIA’s Beach management seminar 
Free to EMSAGG delegates (subject to registration - see 

Sponsorship opportunities
A range of sponsorship opportunities are available at this event.
Please contact William Gates for more information.

Fees include attendance for both days and the boat trip:
  • Subscribing EMSAGG members - 2 free spaces
  • CIRIA Members and Associate EMSAGG member: £299+VAT 
Early bird available of £220+VAT until 15 June 2018
  • All other attendees: £399+VAT 
Early bird rate £299+VAT until 15 June 2018

28 June 2018 - 09:30 - 17:30 
29 June 2018 - 09:00 - 13:00 

National Oceanography Centre
European Way
Southampton, SO14 3ZH

If you are experiencing issues registering for this event online please contact us on 020 7549 3300  or email [email protected]

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Tel: 020 7549 3300
Fax: 020 7549 3349
Email: [email protected]
6/28/2018 - 6/29/2018
National Oceanography Centre European Way SOUTHAMPTON SO14 3ZH

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