VIDEO: Modular backhoe pontoon Titaan at Afsluitdijk

The ‘Afsluitdijk’ has been there for over 85 years. Since 2020, work has been carried out on the repair, renovation and maintenance of the ‘Afsluitdijk’, the Netherlands.


Baars plays a role in this – initiator Levvel makes use of their modular backhoe pontoon Titaan, among other things.

The Titaan has been placing levvel blocs against the dike for a year now. The intention is that the crane pontoon will place 75,000 of these blocs in total. The work is set be completed in 2022.

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No matter how heavy the weather conditions, the Titaan crane pontoon continues working every day.

The barges deliver the levvel blocs from the factory in Harlingen. The crane on the Titaan places the blocs on the dike and the cranes on the dike place the blocs in the predestined space.

Each block has a number that can be followed digitally.

The beauty of the Titaan is its heavy-duty pontoon construction – this allows the pontoon to move in the shallow water without a pusher, complete with Van Oord’s Liebherr crawler crane. With each step, the pontoon moves 10 meters.

This prestigious project is the crane pontoon‘s first job.