France’s Port of Dunkirk will receive a new gantry crane in May 2018 as part of its Flanders Terminal expansion project.
Shortly after receiving the crane the facility will begin dredging to a depth of 16.5 m, with the deepening expected to be finished by the end of autumn.
A total of 4m m3 of sand is expected to be dredged over the course of the project.
The port began the expansion programme in February 2017 is expected to be complete by 2019.
Once complete, the port will offer an additional length of 500 m, taking its total to 1,800 m over two berths.
The project, which is estimated to cost €61.4m (US$75.3m) before value-added tax (VAT), will also include the addition of stronger bollards and docking fenders.
The French state has contributed €20.4m (US$25m) before VAT to the project.