Dredging of the Szczecin fairway

The two companies will bring a wide variety of dredging and construction equipment The two companies will bring a wide variety of dredging and construction equipment (Photo Van Oord)

Two dredging companies have been awarded a major contract for the modernisation of the Świnoujście – Szczecin fairway in Poland reports Dag Pike.

The contract covers deepening and widening of the fairway along a section of approximately 62km that links the port of Szczecin to the sea. The contract is valued at €313 million and has been awarded to a joint venture between the Dutch company Van Oord and the Belgian contractor Dredging International, which is a DEME Group subsidiary.

The investment by the Maritime Office in Szczecin will improve access to the Szczecin seaport and increase the port capacity to handle a growing volume of cargo. At present the port can handle ships of up to 20,000 tonnes and on completed of the dredging and widening of the approach channel the size of ships able to use the port will double.

The project is a design and build contract to deepen the fairway along a section of approximately 62km from the current 10.5 metre depth to 12.5 metres. The channel will also be widened to 100 metres and this widening will involve reinforcements of the banks and quay walls along the channel as well as the relocation of cables and navigational aids that are used to mark the channel. The dredged materials will be used to build two artificial islands in the Szczecin lagoon which will serve as wildlife habitats.

It is planned for this work to start by end of this year and it is expected to be completed in 42 months. The two companies will bring a wide variety of dredging and construction equipment to the site for this major project which is co-financed by the European Union. The environmental sustainability and cooperation with all project stakeholders involved will play an important role during the execution of this project.

“The combination of state of the art dredging equipment, the consortium’s vast international experience in design and build projects and most importantly our integrated team of experts enabled DEME and Van Oord to bring the most cost efficient solution,” said Eric Tancré, Area Director, Europe at DEME. “It is a challenging project and an opportunity to demonstrate Van Oord’s and DEME’s capabilities in offering integrated dredging solutions to our client.”

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