Boskalis: New Horizon in South Korea
Boskalis, a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors, launched today the second edition of its magazine ‘Creating New HORIZONS’.
In the publication, Boskalis highlighted a number of fascinating projects, including the expansion of the futuristic Songdo City in South Korea.
‘Creating New HORIZONS’ also introduced the interviews with Samuel Leupold, DONG Energy’s Executive Vice President Wind Power, where he talked about the importance of being a leader rather than a follower and with kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen, in which he explained how he uses the forces of nature to create his magical Strandbeests (beach beasts).
New city, new horizon, new future
”Fast, safe and efficient working is important in South Korea. The fact that we have an excellent track record in the field of efficiency and safety certainly helped us to win this assignment. An important condition was that we had to get a trailing suction hopper dredger on location very quickly,” said project manager Tako de Veth.
“Boskalis generally opts for more thorough preparations but it is one of our company’s strengths that we can also switch fast. To avoid losing time, we suggested mobilizing a trailing suction hopper dredger, the Oranje, from a project in the Middle East and to do the work using Korean pipelines initially. That meant we could start straightaway and the client very much appreciated our flexible approach,” added regional manager Neil Haworth.
The work involved extending and deepening five entrance channels and the harbor basins of the city of Incheon and using the dredged material (23 million m3) as the basis for the extension of ‘Songdo City’ in three major land reclamation operations. The project represented almost one and a half years of work for the Oranje.
The hopper pumped the material to the reclamation area through a pipeline (with some floating sections) covering an impressive distance of six kilometers.