Port of Rauma Dredging Contract Awarded

Two major construction projects, totaling EUR 62 million, will start this month at the Port of Rauma, Finland.

The port, in cooperation with the Finnish Transport Agency, will increase the maximum authorized draught of Rauma channel from 10 meters to 12 meters.

WASA Dredging is the principal contractor appointed for the channel deepening project. The company will use its dredgers Optimus, Boulder and Hector for this job.

At the same time, Port of Rauma will expand the current container terminal by building more berths for container ships and a new storage area for containers. Destia Oy is the principal contractor appointed for the container terminal expansion project.

Environmental considerations play an important role in the implementation of both projects and the environmental impacts of the work on the marine environment are monitored throughout the project.

”The dredging operations include removing a large amount of contaminated soil from the seabed to the Rauman Biovoima plant for processing, after which the soil is kept separated from the sea area. Clean dredge spoils, on the other hand, will be deposited in dredge spoil basins,” said Seppo Paukkeri, Project Manager at the Finnish Transport Agency.

The share of Port of Rauma is about EUR 34 million and the share of the Finnish Transport Agency about EUR 28 million.

The work will be completed by the end of 2017.

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