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Van Oord begins Dutch sand stabilisation scheme

Van Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger, Geopotes 15, has started to replenish the beaches of the Dutch island of Texel. 

Beach replenishment will stabilise the basic coastline and guarantee safety along the coast and the project is part of the Netherlands’ Coastline Care programme, intended to reinforce the Dutch coast with regular deposits of sand.

Trailing suction hopper dredger Geopotes 15 will be pumping approximately 1M.m³ of sand onto Texel’s beaches, before this summer ready for the start of the tourist season.

The work on Ameland and Vlieland involves both beach replenishment and foreshore suppletion. And Van Oord will deploy trailing suction hopper dredgers to deposit a total of about 8m.m³ sand.

The North Sea coast of the Wadden Islands is suffering serious erosion at several locations and the work is planned to finish at the end of 2020.



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