EXCLUSIVE: Five DEME dredgers busy at New Lock Terneuzen project

DEME Group’s cutter suction dredger ‘Amazone’ and hopper dredgers ‘Artevelde’, ‘Marieke’, and ‘Pallieter’ are moving ahead with the enormous task of removing the remaining peninsula at the New Lock Terneuzen project.

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Also, DEME’s backhoe dredger ‘Peter the Great’ recently joined the fleet of four dredgers working on this very important job in the Netherlands.

According to DEME, the mission is to remove 7,000 century-old foundation piles of the former middle lock.

‘Peter the Great’ will excavate the soil around the piles, and once enough soil has been removed, the piles will become loose and float to the water surface.

A crane on another pontoon will then scoop up the floating piles and load them into barges.

All of this this will facilitate the entry and exit of vessels through the New Lock, which is expected to be completed in 2024, said DEME.