Royal Boskalis Westminster has acquired a dredging contract from Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Cuxhaven to maintain 110 kilometers (about 68 miles) of the shipping fairway of the River Elbe in Germany, between the city of Wedel northward in the direction of Cuxhaven.
The contract was awarded for a period of three years and is worth about €75 million (approximately US$98 million). The dredging activities are to begin in May 2013.
During the three-year contract period, a total of around 28 million cubic meters (about 989 million cubic feet) of sand and silt will be removed, transported and placed at designated areas along the river. A medium to large-sized trailing suction hopper dredger along with smaller trailing suction hopper dredgers for the shallow areas will be deployed.
The river connects the North Sea and the Port of Hamburg, where Boskalis recently dredged the port’s basins.