Dutch King Willem-Alexander Visits Marker Wadden

Image source: Boskalis

Dutch King Willem-Alexander yesterday toured the first finished island of the Marker Wadden in the Markermeer (Lake Marken), near Lelystad, the Netherlands.

The Marker Wadden is a project aimed at creating five islands in the Markermeer.

The construction of four new islands of the Marker Wadden archipelago was officially inaugurated in March by Dutch Transport Minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

Image source: Boskalis

The islands are being constructed by Boskalis on behalf of nature conservation organization Natuurmonumenten and national department of public works Rijkswaterstaat, and are expected to be ready by 2018.

By 2020 the whole archipelago is expected to be ready, covering 1000 ha of land, marshes and mud plains.

Last year Boskalis completed the construction of the first 250ha island. The work was limited to the construction of a rock dam to protect the island from storms and some silt dams and beaches.

These dams will trap the silt sediment of the lake that is essentially too soft for building an island.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) 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.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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