Activity Report 2016

Dredging Solutions
Dredging Plus Solutions
DEME Fleet

North Europe



German seaports operator Niedersachsen Ports has awarded a contract for the expansion of the Europakai (Europe Quay) in Cuxhaven to a consortium including Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau. The expansion includes the addition of Berth 4 to accommodate increasing roll-on/ roll-off cargo, as well as the growing demand from the offshore wind industry. The planned construction spans an area of 90,000 m², which has to be filled with sand, and a 240 m quay wall. The project confirms DEME’s subsidiary Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau’s position as a leading expert in soft soil reclamations, a geotechnically challenging discipline. Nordsee will dredge the waterway in front of the new berth. Works are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Weser, Elbe and Kiel Canal

Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau continues the maintenance dredging campaign on the River Weser.
A new, 2-year contract has been awarded for 2017-2018. Additionally, water injection maintenance dredging continued on the Elbe and Kiel Canal.

Salvage operation on the Elbe

In early 2016, the giant, 400 m containership ‘CSCL Indian Ocean’ became stranded along the Elbe on its way to the port of Hamburg. An emergency salvage operation was carried out to limit the impact on container traffic. As part of the salvage operation, Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau executed water injection dredging works to remove sand around the stranded ship. On February 9, 2016 the ship was pulled free from the riverbed.





Gerald Giegerich



“The foundation for the success of any project is based on our ability to provide DEME specialists from different disciplines with exactly the right knowledge and experience needed. In this respect our clients in Germany can be assured that they get the best technical solution for their dredging, port expansion and wind energy projects.”

New office in Bremen

In October 2016, DEME inaugurated its new office in Bremen. DEME had been consolidating all German activities in Bremen with the office serving as the regional headquarters for the company’s operations in Germany since 2015.


For almost 50 years, DEME Group has been active in Germany in maintenance dredging projects and marine engineering activities. As a leading hub for the marine and offshore industry, Bremen is the ideal base from which to strengthen relationships with German customers and suppliers by offering local expertise and market knowledge. The offshore wind energy market offers many opportunities and growth potential for DEME in Germany. The Bremen office currently employs about 100 people.

Left to right:Christopher Iwens, General Manager DEME German Subsidiaries – Alain Bernard, CEO DEME Group – Andreas Heyer, Managing Director Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH

UK & Ireland

In 2016 DEME Group reshaped its marketing efforts to the UK market through the establishment of NewWaves Solutions, operating from its office at Canary Wharf, London. By combining the strengths of the DEME Group’s operating companies, including DI, GeoSea, EverSea, Tideway, DBE and DIMCO, NewWaves Solutions provides a single point of contact for UK-based projects.

Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme

A contract has been secured for a coastal defence project off the coast of Dawlish, Devon. The Dawlish Warren beach area was heavily impacted by storms in 2015 and 2016. NewWaves Solutions will execute dredging and beach replenishment works, to start in June 2017.

Medway Approach Channel dredging

Early 2017 NewWaves Solutions was awarded a new contract for a recurrent maintenance dredging campaign on the Medway Approach channel, located in the Thames Estuary. The campaign was successfully concluded in February 2017.


Gravelines maintenance dredging

Société de Dragage International (SDI) carried out a recurring maintenance dredging campaign in Gravelines.

Seine dredging

SDI was awarded the fourth phase of dredging works for the deepening of the Seine in the Courval-Duclair section, including the disposal of dredged gravel at designated sites for reuse as construction material. The main objective was to improve access for larger vessels to the Port of Rouen, a major hub on the Seine between Le Havre and Paris.

Wissant beach nourishment

In Wissant, located on the coast of Northern France, SDI executed emergency beach nourishment works. The northern shoreline in the Pas de Calais region is one of the most rapidly eroding sectors of coast in France. A dune has been reconstructed and stabilised with the installation of wooden piles and revegetation. SDI managed to conclude the nourishment works before the start of the tourist season.