The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management has awarded Van Oord Nederland the contract to carry out maintenance dredging in Witte Tonnen Vlije and Brabantsche Vaarwater (areas of the Oosterschelde estuary) and the Zuid-Beveland Canal. A small trailing suction hopper dredger, a crane vessel and a water injection vessel will be used to remove some 550,000 m3 of material.
The 11 km Zuid-Beveland Canal runs from van Hansweert (on the Westerschelde estuary) to Wemeldinge (on the Oosterschelde). It is a primary route for shipping. The dredging spoil will be dumped in the Westerschelde and Oosterschelde. Some will also be pumped up onto the Galgeplaat tidal flats to promote nature development. The project will start in June this year and run until February 2009.
Van Oord Nederland is currently also carrying out maintenance dredging in the canal running from Ghent to Terneuzen. The project involves removing 810,000 m3 of silt from the section between Terneuzen and the Belgian border.
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