CEAMaS (Civil Engineering Applications for Marine Sediments)
CEAMaS is a transnational cooperation promoted through EU funding to encourage knowledge and consensus to raise new solutions of reuse of marine sediments applicable to all of Europe
In Europe, 200 million m3 of sediments have to be dredged every year. The management of dredged sediments is an increasing issue for harbours and local authorities where there is a lack of raw materials for construction where sediments could be used.
The CEAMaS project is a North-West European Interreg IVB project in which 8 expert partners bring together their contributions, experience and know-how to strengthen the emergence of marine sediments re-use applications.
CEAMaS is a European project to promote the beneficial re-use of marine sediments in civil engineering applications, in a sustainable, economic and socially acceptable manner.
Legislation for handling dredged material is complex and from a policy perspective, dredged material is dealt with at the intersection of EU Water, EU Waste and EU Marine Strategy Framework Directives.
Procedures and contaminant thresholds to authorize dumping at sea or in land management vary considerably from one country to another and there are no harmonized regulations at EU level.
Global CEAMaS results
CEAMaS provides a clear vision for all stakeholders involved in marine sediment management that sediment reuse in civil engineering and other applications (like building with nature) are technically feasible and can be cost effective when compared to the use of traditional quarry based materials. Furthermore, smart sediment re-use can have positive environmental impacts, as well as positive long term economic impacts, including on job creation.
To assist sediment managers in developing strategies for sediment management, the CEAMaS project has developed and/or tested a set of tools and methodologies which are actively available and can be used by sediment managers or other relevant stakeholders to facilitate selection of the optimum sediment management solution for an identified project.
The results of the investigations undertaken and the tools and tutorials developed are relevant in a European context: the tools and methodologies have been tested with real case studies from the CEAMaS partners’ countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and France) with legislation for sediments based on Soil or Waste Directives.
In order to facilitate sediment managers and potential sediment users in implementing sediment reuse strategies, the CEAMaS partners are pro-actively supporting the establishment of a Europe –Wide Resource Centre for sediment reuse, building on the established French Sedilab Resource Centre. This Resource Centre will facilitate networking, training, projects and information dissemination on sediment reuse in Europe after completion of the CEAMaS project.