Van Oord and Boskalis win coast defence project in the Netherlands

News – August 18, 2008

Van Oord and Royal Boskalis Westminster have been awarded a contract by the Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management in The Netherlands to reinforce a weak link in the
Delflandse coast.

The contract is worth 120 million of which Van Oord and Boskalis have an equal share.

The project entails the engineering and construction of extra dunes and the widening of the beach from Hoek van Holland to the Scheveningen harbour.

A new nature area covering 35 hectares will also be created between Hoek van Holland and ‘s Gravenzande. This ‘wet dune’
valley is a compensation measure for the construction of the second Maasvlakte, the extension of the Rotterdam harbour area.

The Dutch Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management has designated ten ‘weak links’ in the Dutch coastline that need reinforcement.

The Delflandse coast is the largest project in this initiative and by the end of 2011 approximately 18 million m3 of sand will have been discharged on the foreshore, beach and dunes.

Van Oord and Boskalis will be deploying a range of trailing suction hopper dredgers on the project.