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Discover Van Oord's ingenuity during the World Port Days

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2 September 2019 - Do you want to know how a new port area is created? Or how the world's coasts are protected from rising sea levels? Then visit Van Oord during the World Port Days in Rotterdam. You can take a look at trailing suction hopper dredger HAM317 or find out more about our maritime projects. 

Explore trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 317. The vessel comes straight from a coastal protection project near Egmond and Callantsoog in Noord Holland and can be visited free of charge along the Parkkade quay during the World Port Days weekend. A trailing suction hopper dredger is a vessel that uses large, powerful pumps and engines for the suction of sand, clay, silt and even gravel from the sea bed, store it in its own hopper and deposit it again using various techniques. Van Oord likes to welcome you on board, where the crew will be ready to answer all your questions. 

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A look into the underwater world

On the quay, Van Oord will be demonstrating tests being carried out on live oysters in a mobile laboratory. On various projects, such as The Rich North Sea, Van Oord and its partners are performing large-scale tests to see whether the oysters are growing and reproducing sufficiently. An offshore wind farm is an ideal location to reinforce underwater nature, because fishing is prohibited within wind farms and the wind turbine foundations are a suitable attachment point for marine life.


The World Port Days will be kicked off on Friday 6 September at 10 a.m. From Friday 6 up to and including 8 September, the event will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information about the World Port Days, go to:

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