BREAKING NEWS: Van Oord wins Yangtze Canal contract

After the summer, the Van Oord – Hakkers – De Klerk consortium will start construction of a tug quay in the Port of Rotterdam’s Yangtze Canal.

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The consortium and the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed the relevant contracts today. The work will involve constructing 500 metres of quay wall with space for 12 tugs to berth.

According to Van Oord, the project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2025.

Van Oord, Hakkers and De Klerk will construct the new tug quay at the entrance to the canal on the south side, close to the largest container terminals. 

In addition to the 500 metres of quay wall, which will take the form of a composite wall, the consortium is also responsible for removing the existing bed and bank protection, installing new bed protection and dredging approximately 800,000 square metres of sand and clay to widen the canal and clear space for the new quay.

Yangtze Canal

Marine transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy.

To accommodate the growing volume of traffic, ports and waterways must be expanded and maintained.

The Yangtze Canal is the access channel to various Port of Rotterdam container terminals, including those in Prinses Amaliahaven, Prinses Arianehaven and Prinses Alexiahaven.

Also, Van Oord said that the Yangtze Canal welcomes the largest container ships travelling to and from terminals in the Maasvlakte II section of the port.

Construction of tug quay is part of a programme to widen the Yangtze Canal so that it can accommodate more traffic and the latest generation of container ships.