Dutch Dredging is to sign a ten-year deal to carry out maintenance work for five New Zealand port authorities.
The contract will be signed in Auckland this week, Wednesday, 9 November, in the presence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and the Dutch and New Zealand ministers of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp and Steven Joyce.
This long-term deal covers the ports of Napier, Taranaki, Timaru, Lyttelton and Tauranga.
It is significant that a tender for the maintenance contract was issued jointly by these competing ports, so that a dredger could be permanently stationed in New Zealand over this period.
Dutch Dredging is to deploy one of its trailing suction hopper dredgers ‘Albatros’ for the task.