Storage for Elbe dredged sediment completed

Close to the port of Cuxhaven in Germany two underwater deposit areas were successfully completed by Jan de Nul and Van den Herik, commissioned by the Germany’s Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV). The main goal was to store sediment dredged from the Elbe River as part of a deepening project and avoid the sediment to be washed back into the Elbe river or the North Sea.


Over a million of tonnes of rock were brought in from Norway to build two dams of 6,700m and 2,500m length with their tops about 4,60m and 2m below waterlevel.


On the photo project manager René Meijer from Van den Herik GmbH is supervising a rock delivery: “The biggest challenge was working in tidal areas with water depths varying from 2m low tide unto 12m high tide, a strong side-currency and a dynamic underground at the location of the dam. But by efficient cooperation and project management, we managed to complete the project within the limited timeframe of five months.”


Read more in this article of Dredging and Ports.