The work is due to begin shortly and involves deepening the 40 km approach channel. A total volume of roughly 3m cubic metres of hard clay, sand and gravel will be removed over a 12-month period.
Medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredgers and backhoe dredgers will be deployed on the project, with customised working methods and continuous monitoring applied in order to meet the stringent environmental requirements.
Earlier this month Boskalis revealed that it was revising up its net profit forecast for the year to €360m (US$485m) after an “exceptionally good third quarter”.
Contracts in South Korea, Russia and Qatar, among others, were added to the dredging order book during Q3. On balance, that order book increased compared to mid-2013 to €1.3bn (US$1.8bn).
The company said that compared to the first half of the year the utilisation level of the hopper fleet remained high whereas utilisation of the cutter fleet was lower.