Deltares: Treasures of the Mammoth Beach (The Netherlands)

Deltares has announced that Bert van der Valk, geologist at Deltares, was a co-author of the book ‘Schatten van het Mammoetstrand. Over speuren in grondlagen, opgraven onder water en vissen naar fossielen’. (Treasures of the Mammoth Beach. About investigating in the earth, excavating below water and fishing for fossils.)

It recounts the construction of the second Maasvlakte and the geological, paleontological and archaeological research conducted before and during construction.

Fossils and other historical artefacts

As expected, during the dredging of sand from the bed of the North Sea for the construction of the second Maasvlakte, an extremely large number of different fossils and a number of archaeological artefacts were found.

The Rotterdam Port Authority decided to conduct a range of investigations; geological soil surveys, paleontological fishing expeditions, and archaeological excavations below the surface generated insights that are discussed in detail in the book. Deltares (Peter Vos, Ane Wiersma and Chris Mesdag) was closely involved in the geophysical and geological soil surveys before the excavation work started.

Rotterdam Port Authority teams up with others on research

Rotterdam Port Authority joined forces for this research with organisations that included the Rotterdam City Archaeological Research Agency (BOOR), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), TNO, Deltares, and the universities of Groningen and Leiden.

Without the knowledge available at these organisations, it would not have been possible to conduct the investigations into the sites concealed below the thick estuarine deposits.

Press Release, January 30, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee:

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