The Port of Dunkirk has launched the construction of the Flanders Terminal Extension, aimed to ensure that the world’s largest container carriers berth there in all sea conditions.
This extension scheme will enable the container terminal operator, as of 2019, to berth two new-generation mega-max container carriers simultaneously.
On completion of the works, set for the end of 2018, the Flanders Terminal quay will have a total length of 1.800m, with a draught of 16.5m under all tidal conditions.
The complete program of the operation involves:
- Extending the present quay over a length of 500m with a draught of 16.5m;
- Dredging of approximately 4 million m³ of sand from the Atlantic Dock area to allow access to the new berths;
- Equipping the entire Flanders quay with stronger bollards and docking fenders.
According to the official announcement, the dredging operations will take place during the summer and autumn of 2018.