Nieuwe Waterweg Dredging Set for Spring 2018

The Directorate – General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have unveiled their plans to dredge the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Botlek in the spring of 2018. 

A tender for this dredging scheme, set to last around six months, was issued earlier this week.

The work will involve a significant amount of dredging work along a 25-kilometer stretch of waterway between Hoek van Holland, the Benelux Tunnel and the Botlek Port.

“Medium-sized tankers and dry bulk carriers are getting bigger. The deepening will allow the New Panamax and Aframax ships to navigate the Nieuwe Waterweg without any restrictions,” according to Willy Dekker, Network Director at Rijkswaterstaat.

“To maintain the vitality of port industry in the Botlek, we need to invest in the preservation and renewal of this old port area,” said Ronald Paul, COO at the Port Authority.


The deepening will encompass three different contract depths.

The depth of the Botlek will go from ≈ 14.5 m (New Amsterdam Water Level (NAP)) to ≈ 15.90 m. Along the Nieuwe Waterweg, the first stretch from Hoek van Holland to Maassluis will de deepened from ≈ 15m to ≈ 16.20m.

The second section up to the Benelux Tunnel will have a guaranteed depth of ≈ 16.40m. It used to be ≈ 14.5m.

The additional 20 centimeters are connected to the lower salt content in the Nieuwe Waterweg which means ships need a greater water depth.

After the deepening, ships with a draught of 15 meters will be able to sail into the harbor under normal circumstances. Ships with a draught of 14.90 meters can already sail through the new Panama Canal, so New Panamax ships will be able to reach the Botlek without any restrictions.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( 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.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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