International Dredging Contracts
By order of Nord Stream, Aqua Vision performed environmental monitoring work during dredging activities at the gas pipe line location in German waters southeast of the island of Rügen. They used their ViSea Plume Detection Toolbox to measure the spread of sediment with an ADCP at the site of a backhoe dredge and a hopper dredge. Aqua Vision performed the monitoring from the vessel MV Supplier of Nother Offshore Services. Dredging contractors for this segment of the underwater gas pipeline are Boskalis (Netherlands) and Rohde-Nielson (Denmark).
MUSAFFAH PORT, ABU DHABI
National Marine Dredging Company is the main contractor for the creation of a 63km (39-mile), 200 meter-wide (658 foot wide) channel at Musaffah Port, Abu Dhabi. The contract is worth Dh1.5 billion (US$408.4 million).
DUTCH SAND ENGINE
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Van Oord have been awarded a joint venture contract by the Dutch Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management to reinforce part of the coastline in the province of Zuid-Holland by creating a ‘sand engine’. The total value of the contract is € 50 million for the Van Oord-Boskalis consortium.
The sand engine involves depositing 21.5 million cubic meters of sand in the shape of a hook extending from the coast near Ter Heijde. The sand will be spread along the provincial coastline by the natural motion of wind, waves and currents. This principle of building with nature will reinforce the coastline in a new and natural way.
MEGA-HOPPER LEIV ERIKSSON LAUNCED BY JAN DE NUL
Jan de Nul launched their new mega hopper dredge Leiv Eriksson on September 4. The dredge has a capacity of 46,000 cubic meters (60,000 cubic yards), pump suction diameter of 1300mm (51 inches), with two electric underwater pumps operating at 6500 kW each.
BAN OORD'S NEW DREDGE TO BE NAMED ARTEMIS
Van Oord has announced that it will name its second self-propelled cutter suction dredge “Artemis.” CEO Pieter van Oord said “Artemis is the Greek godess of hunting and is powerful and strong willed.” Artemis will be built at the IHC shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands, and is a sister vessel to Athena, now under construction.