Jan De Nul Group yesterday released a video of the New Suez Canal dredging works.
The project was a challenge because of its size but above all because of the very tight deadline. To complete such a project in less than twelve months is unprecedented.
The Suez Canal is the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia. To enlarge the transit capacity and to increase industrial activity in the area, a new Suez Canal had to be constructed next to the existing one.
The New Canal has a depth of 24m, a width of 240m, and is one third in length of the current Canal.
For this project, Jan De Nul Group mobilised seven cutter suction dredgers, namely J.F.J. De Nul, Hondius, Kaerius, Fernão de Magalhães, Ibn Battuta, Leonardo da Vinci and Zheng He. The cutter suction dredgers have a total installed diesel power of 134,720 KW.