Van Oord & the Deme Group are pleased to announce that their joint venture has been awarded the contract for the maintenance dredging of the River Elbe in Germany. The maintenance work covers the stretch of the fairway from Hamburg to Cuxhaven. The joint venture partners’ vessels are a familiar sight along the River Elbe and have been performing maintenance dredging works as part of a previous contract.
Additionally, DEME recently completed the deepening of the River Elbe, which makes it easier for the mega container carriers to call into the Port of Hamburg as they are less dependent on the tides.
Several trailing suction hopper dredgers will be deployed on this project from May onwards for a period of 12 months. In order to underline Van Oord’s ambition to maintain the navigable depths on the Elbe in a sustainable way, most vessels will run on environmentally friendly fuels such as LNG and biofuel.