Creating the world’s longest immersed tunnel with Van Oord’s newest TSHD

Van Oord’s newest trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Vox Amalia is currently working on the Fehmarn Belt project.

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It is constructing what will become the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel, running between Denmark and Germany.

The project involves dredging an 18-kilometre-long tunnel trench and building 500 metres of quay wall, all of which using 2.7 million tonnes of rock.

The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link project consists of four contracts: the north tunnel, the south tunnel, tunnel dredging and reclamation, and the tunnel portals and ramps.

Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC), a joint venture between Van Oord and Boskalis, is in charge of the tunnel dredging & reclamation contract, awarded in 2016.

Since then, the joint venture has been working on design optimisation and making the necessary preparations.

Photo: Van Oord