Activity Report 2016

Dredging Solutions
Dredging Plus Solutions
DEME Fleet

Fluvial & Marine Resources

Dredging Plus Solutions

DEME Building Materials (DBM) is DEME’s subsidiary specialised in the extraction, transport, processing (washing, crushing, grading) and supply of marine aggregates for the European construction industry. The aggregates originate from DEME’s various marine sand and gravel concessions and from third-party licences in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Poland and the UK. Having built up a reserve of over 300 million tonnes of marine aggregates containing sand and gravel up to 100 mm – and with a high production capacity both on- and offshore, DBM can offer a reliable and constant supply of quality aggregates.

DEME Building Materials

Strong demand in 2016

The last few years have been characterised by a slump in the European construction industry. But DEME Building Materials (DBM) saw a definite improvement in activity in 2016, particularly in the first half with a full order book for its two state-of-the-art gravel trailers ‘Charlemagne’ and ‘Victor Horta’.

Apart from a strong construction market in the United Kingdom, DBM experienced increased demand for gravel from its Flushing facility in the Netherlands. This was largely due to ongoing low water levels on the River Rhine, which greatly reduced the supply of alluvial aggregates into Belgium and the Netherlands. This again underlines the importance of marine aggregates as a reliable source of construction materials for the long term.

Additionally in the Netherlands, DBM supplied the sand and gravel for the concrete works on the new Offshore Terminal Rotterdam (OTR), a project realised by DBM’s sister company DEME Infra Marine Contractors (DIMCO).

In Belgium, DBM sold several hundred thousand tonnes to the local construction market from its own facility in Ostend. And in France the various long-term supply contracts for deliveries in Dieppe and Le Havre are ongoing, as well as the production and distribution of marine aggregates in the region of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Dunkirk.

Addition to the fleet

Strong demand in 2016 led to the decision to add a third hopper dredger to the DBM fleet. The ‘Mellina’ is an existing DEME vessel that will be reconverted into a dry discharging aggregate dredger. She is expected to join in 2017 and will further strengthen DBM’s position as one of the leading aggregate dredging companies in Europe.

‘Mellina’ will also open up new markets for the company as it will be much easier to access smaller ports and rivers. ‘Mellina’ has a capacity of 5,000 tonnes, compared to the much larger ‘Charlemagne’ and ‘Victor Horta’, which have a capacity of 10,000 tonnes each.

Large infrastructure projects

After the successful completion of the Kieldrechtsluis in Antwerp, where DBM supplied over 1.3 million tonnes of sand and gravel, DBM is targeting various other large infrastructure projects, particularly in Belgium and the Netherlands where DBM can offer very competitive solutions from the production terminals in Flushing and Amsterdam.