Van Oord and Dredging International have been awarded the contract for the modernisation of the Świnoujście to Szczecin fairway in Poland.
The €313M (£279M) contract covers the deepening and widening of the fairway along a section of approximately 62km, from -10.5m to -12.5m.
The dredged materials will be used to build two artificial islands in the Szczecin lagoon, and further work includes enforcements of slopes and quay walls along the channel and the relocation of cables and navigational aids.
Van Oord area director Europe Govert van Oord said: ”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.
“Our project team is looking forward to working closely with our client and all stakeholders, in order to contribute to the further modernisation of the maritime infrastructure in Poland and at the same time enhancing the environment during execution.”
When complete, the scheme will improve access to the Szczecin seaport and increase the port capacity to handle a growing volume of cargo.
Works will start end of 2018 and are expected to be completed in 42 months.