Milestone: 30 years of DUKC

2023 has marked a special milestone for OMC International; the 30 year anniversary of world’s first Dynamic Underkeel Clearance® System.

Since the first installation at the Port of Hay Point, Australia in 1993, DUKC® has been used to optimise sailing drafts and windows for more than 200,000 transits whilst maintaining a perfect safety record. In addition to Hay Point, OMC’s technology has been deployed to North Queensland Bulk Ports’ operations at Weipa, Amrun, Mackay, and most recently Abbot Point. Now, with over 25 systems operating globally, it is an invaluable tool to manage risk, ensure safety, reduce dredging and shipping related CO2 emissions, and facilitate evidence based, data driven decisions.

Read our full media release here.

To commemorate the anniversary, a plaque was unveiled by OMC founder Dr. Terry O’Brien and NQBP Commercial and Maritime Services General Manager Darren Brownsey at Hay Point.

Watch 7News’ coverage of the 30 Year DUKC® Anniversary event below.

OMC International was honoured with the Special Achievement Award at the 2023 IBJ Awards in London, a recognition bestowed by the International Bulk Journal editorial panel for a notable achievement or milestone.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first implementation of the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance® System, the award acknowledges OMC International’s significant contributions to global port operations, including facilitating over 200,000 safe transits, optimising dredging, expanding sailing windows, and reducing shipping-related CO2 emissions. Captain Jonathon Pearce accepted the award on behalf of OMC International at the prestigious event.

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