Federation of Dredging Contractors

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Members of the Federation undertake many types of marine works including:

  • maintenance and capital dredging of ports, harbours and waterways
  • land reclamation; beach renourishment
  • beach and shore protection
  • contaminated material treatment and disposal
  • outfalls and gas/oil landfall pipeline installation
  • sand and gravel supply
  • rock breakwater and revetment construction
  • environmental mitigation works
  • major and minor port and marine civil engineering projects.

The following are organisations and regulatory bodies with which the FDC and the members have regular contact (just click on the name):


The International Association of Dredging Companies is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry. As such IADC is dedicated to not only promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, but also the dredging industry in general. IADC has over a hundred main and associated members. 


CEDA (Central Dredging Association) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, professional society. It provides a forum for all those involved in activities related to dredging and who live or work in Europe, Africa or the Middle-East.

3. Marine Regulation & Licensing

The work previously carried out by units within Defra and then the Marine Fisheries Agency is now managed by the Marine Management Organisation.


PIANC, the International Navigation Association is a professional organisation offering access to worldwide trends and challenges in port and waterway development and management.  The UK Section members, including government organizations, the private sector, and individuals, work together with 40 other nations to address a broad range of policy, engineering, and environmental issues for the advancement of waterborne transportation.


Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) is an internationally renowned aquatic scientific research and consultancy centre. They aim to be the prime source of high quality science used to conserve and enhance the aquatic environment, promote sustainable management of its natural resources, and protect the public from aquatic contaminants.

 6. EuDA

The European Dredging Association is a non-profit industry organisation for dredging companies and related organisations. It represents the interests of the dredging industry, primarily at the European institutions.

7. ICE

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a charity that exists to promote and progress civil engineering. They are a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession, worldwide.


CIRIA is a member-based research and information organisation dedicated to improvement in the construction industry. Their members include representatives from all parts of the supply chains of the modern built environment, covering building and civil engineering as well as transport and utilities infrastructure.