Troubled waters: The downturn in new mining projects has sunk industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Dredging Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue has slumped due to the completion of several major dredging projects
  • High capital requirements mean that few new firms are able to enter the industry
  • Industry demand is forecast to decrease due to a lack of port expansions and maintenance projects

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Dredging Services industry's performance has slumped since its peak in 2013-14, largely due to the large falls in capital expenditure across the mining sector. Prior to this, industry revenue growth had previously surged in 2012-13 and 2013-14 as a result of strong mining activity and high general export growth, which required port expansions to accommodate larger shipping fleets. In particular, the industry's expansion was driven by strong demand from the Western Basin LNG project in Gladstone, QLD, and the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, which both required extensive dredging services. Several other major ports in Queensland and Western Australia were also expanded to cater for increased ship sizes, and greater natural gas and mineral ore volumes...

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    What is the Dredging Services industry?

    The distribution of industry firms largely follows that of port locations and river systems around Australia, rather than usual measures such as population and economic activity. As dredging companies supply services to port infrastructure companies, industry firms can reduce transportation costs by being geographically close to clients. As Queensland and Western Australia have a large number of ports due to their extensive coastlines and substantial mining activity, these two states account for a large proportion of dredging services companies. Despite New South Wales and Victoria accounting for the largest proportions of Australia's GDP and populations, these two states have fewer ports and dredging companies...

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    Additional Insights for the Dredging Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dredging Services Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from water transport support services and Total mass of exports by sea in the Dredging Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Products & Brands

    Major products in this industry
    Capital dredging services
    Maintenance dredging services
    Energy dredging services
    Other dredging services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from water transport support services
  • Total mass of exports by sea
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • World price of natural gas
  • Capital expenditure by state and local government
  • Public concerns over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit
  • Dredging demand
  • Industry concentration
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • A return to growth
  • Enterprises and employment
  • Industry opportunities
  • Table: Dredging Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dredging Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Water Transport Terminals
  • Port Operators

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Pump and Compressor Manufacturing
  • Shipbuilding and Repair Services

  • Products & Services
  • Maintenance dredging services
  • Capital dredging services
  • Other dredging services
  • Energy dredging services
  • Chart: Dredging Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Port operators
  • Local authorities
  • Mining division
  • Energy companies
  • Other industries and sectors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dredging Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dredging Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dredging Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Jan De Nul (Australia) Pty LtdBoskalis Australia Pty LimitedVan Oord Australia Pty LtdDredging International (Australia) Pty Limited
  • Table: Jan De Nul (Australia) Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Boskalis Australia Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Van Oord Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Dredging International (Australia) Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dredging Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Dredging Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Capital Dredging
  • Dredging undertaken to deepen shallow waters to enable ships to access wharves and other infrastructure.
  • Maintenance Dredging
  • The periodic removal of sediments that naturally build up from waves or from rivers into port channels.
  • Mine Tailings
  • Waste products remaining after mined ore is separated from other materials. These tailings that have been disposed of in dams may require dredging and further disposal.
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