Royal Boskalis Westminster, the world’s biggest dredging company, won a contract to help build a sand berm to protect the Louisiana coastline from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Dutch company said it deployed a trailing suction hopper dredger to the area today, June 16.
The U.S.-flag Stuyvesant will deliver sand for the 47 mile long berm which will be positioned to the south of New Orleans in line with the Chandeleur Islands and stretching from East Grand Terre Island to Sandy Point.
The six-foot high berm will help block oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig before it enters Louisiana’s fragile and hard-to-clean marshes.
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