Boskalis and CHEC to undertake Manila Bay reclamation

Cityscape of Manilla, Philippines. Credit: Getty Images

Dutch dredging group Boskalis has been chosen to undertake works for the Pasay Reclamation Development Project in Manila Bay, Philippines in cooperation with Chinese state-owned marine engineering group China Harbour Engineering Co., Ltd.

The reclamation will provide land for a commercial and residential property that will be developed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI), which awarded the contract to Boskalis.

The development will create a new commercial and residential area in a densely populated part of Manila.

While Boskalis did not reveal the full value of the contract, the company described the contract value as large, which by the company’s standards, is at least EUR300 million (USD335 million).

Boskalis CEO Peter Berdowski said: “We are delighted with the award of this large contract from SMPHI. As Boskalis, we have a rich tradition in land reclamation and we look forward to contributing to a modest incremental growth of the Philippines and to protect part of Manila against the effects of climate change. This has always been an important region for Boskalis and through this project, we have secured utilization for the large dredging vessels for the coming years.”

Approximately 360 hectares of land will be reclaimed in Manila Bay in order to construct three artificial islands, which have been designed to withstand potential large earthquakes. In addition, shore protection works are designed to withstand typhoons.

Boskalis will deploy a number of trailing suction hopper dredgers over a period of two years, including its mega hopper dredgers. To accelerate the soil settlement, 60,000 kilometres of vertical drains will be installed. The entire reclamation area will be compacted with vibro- and dynamic compaction to ensure soil stability. The outer perimeter of the islands will be protected with a combination of rock revetment and a concrete wave wall.

Preparatory work has begun and site works are expected to start within the first quarter of 2020. The reclamation activities are expected to be completed within three years and the total project duration, including land development is five years.