Van den Herik Sliedrecht, a Dutch company involved in hydraulic and marine engineering industry, has just released this beautiful photo from their land reclamation project near Delfzijl.
This work is just part of the Van den Herik’s contract for widening of the Eemshaven-North Sea waterway, signed in February 2016.
The material for this scheme comes from the widening of approximately 42km of navigable channel and will be used for a salt meadow area encompassing about 500 hectares.
Another portion (boulder clay) of this material will be used for the creation of a bird nesting island near the Eemshaven.
Important shipping route
The Eemshaven-North Sea waterway is part of the main shipping network of the Netherlands and Germany.
It is an important shipping route: from the North Sea, it offers access through the natural Randzelgat and Westereems channels to the Eemshaven and other ports in the area (including the ports of Delfzijl and Emden).
Widening and deepening of the Eemshaven-North Sea channel is necessary to keep the Eemshaven completely accessible for larger ships.