Deepening of river Elbe contract awarded

River Elbe maintenance work. Credit DEME

The Waterways and Shipping Administration Cuxhaven (WSA Cuxhaven) has awarded the contract for the adaptation of the Elbe fairway to DEME Group’s subsidiaries Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau and Dredging International.

The main dredging contract will consist of a environmental and marine engineering project. DEME will deploy trailing suction hopper dredgers, backhoe dredgers and spreader pontoons for the dredging, transportation and relocation of around 32 million m³ of material.

The project consists of the widening and deepening of the 116-km-long fairway between Cuxhaven and Hamburg to a level of -14.5 m. This will allow ships to sail the River Elbe with a draught of 13.5 m, compared to 12.5 m at present. They won’t be restricted by the tide with a tide-dependent 14.5 m draught when sailing from and towards the port of Hamburg.

The approximate value of the contract with WSA Cuxhaven is EUR238 million, according to DEME. The preparatory phase of the project is already underway and is expected to take two years to finish.