Paving the way for offshore wind energy by Boskalis

Boskalis’ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Gateway was dredging ‘Down Under’ at the Port of Melbourne in Australia a couple of months ago. At the moment, the giant dredger is busy working some 10,000 nautical miles away in the North Sea.

photo courtesy of Herman IJsseling (Flying Focus)

Along the Dutch coast, the Gateway is conducting pre-sweep dredging activities on the two 60-kilometer-long cable corridors to enable the installation of two export power cables for the TenneT project Hollandse Kust (west Beta) offshore wind development. 
In addition to this pre-sweeping activity, Boskalis’ backhoe dredger Magnor already worked for the TenneT project last year.

photo courtesy of Herman IJsseling (Flying Focus)

According to Boskalis, the largest and most powerful backhoe in the world, removed obstacles present on the two cable corridors.

With the Gateway now also working on the same two export cable corridors, our dredging vessels are literally paving the way for our cable-laying vessels Ndurance and Giant 7 and cable burial vessel Ndeavor,” said the Dutch giant.

These vessels will install the export cables that will connect the TenneT platform to the onshore grid in the Netherlands.