DRAIMAR was formed in 2007 to assist the Angolan Government in performing various national reconstruction projects following years of Civil War. The damage to the country was widespread affecting key infrastructures, and restricting investment in the overall Economy.

Timeline of Events:

2007 - The Cutter Suction Dredger “Quissanga” was commissioned and immediately assisted in the expansion of the Port of Luanda. Since 2008, a continuous sequence of projects to dredge new navigation channels and to replenish beaches along the coastline of the South of Luanda. With the Baia do Mussulo these navigation channels have assisted the development and expansion of the city.

2008 - Two Jack-up Platforms “Caponta” and “Caponta II”, were commissioned to perform Geotechnical Soil Investigation projects along the coastline of Angola. The DRAIMAR fleet of tug boats was increased, with the addition of “Passaros II” and “Passaros III”.

2009 - The Trailer Suction Hopper dredger “Cazanga” was commissioned and has subsequently assisted “Quissanga” in performing several reclamation projects.\

2010 - Asphalt plant was commissioned, and a division created to produce and lay asphalt for the government of Angola. This plant was put in place to improve and expand the road network within Luanda.

2011 - The Jet Suction Sredger “Macoco” was commissioned to perform smaller scale dredging and reclamation projects and the workboat “Chicala”. Commissioned with cranes, winches and fuel storage sufficient to support the increased level of projects.

2011 has also seen DRAIMAR dredging contaminated areas and reclamation works for the flagship “Baia de Luanda” project. This project is set to develop the road infrastructure and public areas within the centre of Luanda. It has recently commenced a major beach replenishment and widening scheme on the Ilha de Luanda to allow new developments that will be capable of supporting 100,000 people.

2012 - A fourth dredger shall be commissioned and brought into service. It will be capable of dredging rock to depths of 16m, and will expand and deepen the existing Port facilities along the coastline of Angola.

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