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.
‘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.