David Kinlan. the Principal of Kinlan Consulting Pty Ltd. was for many years employed by Ballast Nedam Dredging as a contracts administrator and has been involved in many of the iconic dredging projects of the past twenty years starting with the “dredging contract of the century”, the Chek Lap Kok Site Preparation Contract for the new international airport in Hong Kong. This project brought together, in a joint venture, Costain (U.K.), Morrison Knudsen (U.S.), Ballast Nedam Dredging (Dutch), Jan De Nul (Belgium), China Harbour Engineering (China) and Nishimatsu (Japan) with several of the major dredging contractors who together provided 14 trailing suction hoppers dredgers, 4 cutter suction dredgers and 7 grab dredgers.

In 1994 David Kinlan participated in the tender negotiations and eventual contract award of the Oresund Fixed Link Project. This project entailed the creation of an artificial island “Pemberholm” and a dredged trench for an immersed concrete tunnel section in the Drogden Strait as part of the link between Denmark with Sweden. This project in joint venture with Per Aarslef and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock. It was groundbreaking in that it had strict environmental monitoring of turbidity in the pristine waters of the Oresund Sound.

In 1995 David Kinlan was involved in the contractual aspects for the Besos Outfall in Barcelona, Spain. One of the longest sewage treatment outfalls in Europe stretching some 8km out to sea. The project involved the dredging underneath a live gas main. Details of the project can be found here.

In 1997 David was posted to Malaysia for two years as Contract Manager for the 1st stage of the construction of a new container port at the greenfield site of Tanjung Pelepas. This fast track project involved dredging, land reclamation, surcharging and soil improvement and was completed in a record breaking two years to enable the first containers to arrive at the end of 1999. A co-authored article describing this project is available here.

Between 1999 and 2005 David was contracts administrator for Ballast Nedam Dredging the New Naval Base in Kawar, India together with joint venture partners Hochtief and Larsen & Toubro. This involved various activities including breakwater foundation construction, dredging, reclamation, soil improvement and drilling & blasting.

Over the past eight years David increasingly became involved in tenders and contracts supporting the expansion of the resource sector in Western Australia for clients Woodside, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and offshore client Chevron. Recent engagements include contractual support for the Pluto Project for a leading dredging contractor. On the east coast David was involved in the negotiation and award of the contract for dredging and reclamation activities for the expansion of Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia