Chief Executive Officer of Dredging Environmental Marine Engineering (DEME) Alain Bernard has foreseen huge potential for employment in ports and dredging in the future.

Addressing the media after naming the cutter suction dredger owned by International Seaport Dredging Limited (ISD) as ‘Ganga' here on Friday, Mr. Bernard said the new dredger ‘Ganga' was being engaged in maintenance dredging in Kakinada port. “It can reach dredging depths between - 3m and - 22m,” he observed.

To a question, he said there would not be any ecological imbalances in the Hope Island due to the dredging in the port.

“The port has got all the clearances from the government.

No special permission is required for maintenance of dredging, as it is a part of maintaining the port,” he said.

Earlier in the day, chairman and managing director of Kakinada Seaport Private Limited K.V. Rao and his wife Navatha formally christened the cutter suction dredger as ‘Ganga.'

Area Director of the DEME Pierre Potvliege, Director Alok Sinha and others were present.