Van Oord builds temporary emergency dam in Maastricht

Van Oord’s subsidiary Paans Van Oord has successfully completed work on the second emergency dam in the river Meuse, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

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As a result of high water, the spillway dam was damaged in early January 2024. Part of the lining of the spillway dam had been loosened and washed away by the force of the water.

Due to the strong current, it proved impossible to close the hole in the dam at short notice, said Van Oord.

According to the Dutch company, this was a complex operation.

After the hole in the spillway dam was caused, a first emergency dam was constructed within a week to reduce the strong current.

To construct this first quarry stone emergency dam, Paans Van Oord deployed crane vessel Leendert Sr. and two excavators.

The second emergency dam is intended to secure the water level in the Meuse.

The project was commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat