Activity Report 2016

Dredging Solutions
Dredging Plus Solutions
DEME Fleet



Antwerp, Ghent and Belgian coast

As part of a long-term contract, DEME continued maintenance dredging works on the Scheldt River and the access channels to the port of Antwerp’s locks. A large volume of dredged sediments from the port of Antwerp is being treated at AMORAS, Europe’s largest mechanical dewatering plant for dredged materials. Dredging International (DI) and DEME Environmental Contractors (DEC) continued the operation of AMORAS with other partners. Maintenance dredging also carried on in the North Sea, the access channels and ports of Ostend, Zeebrugge and Blankenberge.

In the port of Antwerp, DEME carried out repair works and erosion protection at the PSA container terminal quay wall.

In Ghent, DEME completed the dredging works for the deepening of the Sifferdok.


After the conclusion of a 4-year maintenance dredging programme on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, DEME was awarded a new contract to continue dredging works for another 4 years. Works will resume in 2017.


At the Belgian coast, breakwaters were removed in Zeebrugge for the installation of land cable connections for offshore wind farms.

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The Netherlands

Offshore Terminal Rotterdam

In The Netherlands, DEME is executing deepening and soil improvement works with the TSHD ‘Breughel’ in front of the newly built Offshore Terminal Rotterdam quay wall. Works are proceeding according to schedule and are due for completion mid-2017.

Juliana Canal

DEME’s subsidiary de Vries & van de Wiel continued the works for widening the Juliana Canal in the Netherlands. When completed in 2018, bigger inland vessels (up to 190 mlong and 11.4 m wide) will be able to navigate through the enlarged waterway. In spring 2017, a new canal bed will be constructed at Obbicht and dykes will be replaced between the villages of Berg a/d Maas and Obbicht.


In January 2016, de Vries & van de Wiel, together with a Dutch partner, started the development of Kooyhaven at the port of Den Helder. Thanks to its location alongside the Noordhollandsch Canal, the industrial estate is linked directly to the North Sea. Kooyhaven offers space for businesses within the energy market’s supply chain that are also reliant on the port and water-based transport. Works include a 660 m quay wall and a secondary dyke of 1.4 km. The public quayside became operational in December 2016 and works will continue in 2017.


In September 2016, the long-term dredging campaign on the Waddenzee has been completed, with a total of 18 million m³ of sand and silt being dredged.

River Rhine

De Vries & van de Wiel has executed, at the request of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, a trial project on the Rhine, near Tolkamer close to the German border. The purpose is to prevent further riverbed erosion by means of nourishment with a sand-gravel mixture, which is required to maintain the long-term navigability of the Dutch river system. In total 70,000 m³ of sandgravel was used.


In June 2016, coastal protection works in Waterdunen were completed. Waterdunen includes the development of recreational facilities and a nature reserve. Dykes have been reinforced together with 1 million m³ of reclamation and beach replenishment works.

Dishoek, Zoutelande and Goeree-Westhoofd

Along the Dutch coast, the final phase of beach nourishment works in Dishoek, Zoutelande and Goeree-Westhoofd was concluded in November 2016.