Van Oord deepens access channel in Mauritania

Credit: Van Oord

Van Oord is deepening the access channel and turning basin of a large ore export facility in Nouadhibou, Mauritania.

The ore port currently accommodates vessels of 150,000 tonnes and houses the marine terminal from which Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) exports its iron ore production.

The project, supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), consists of deepening and widening the 25 km of SNIM’s access channel to make it possible to accommodate 230,000-tonne ships.

Von Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), the HAM 318, is working on the project and is the largest of this type of dredger in Van Oord’s fleet. The vessel was extended by 52 m to 228 m at the Cosco Shipyard in China in 2008. This increased its hopper capacity from 23,783 to 37,500 m3.

“This is large-scale, strategic financing for the development of the Nouadhibou mineral port. The project to extend port facilities will have a major social and economic impact for Mauritanians, creating numerous jobs,” said Ambroise Fayolle, EIB vice-president.