Boskalis awarded coastal protection contracts in Europe

WCN Editorial Team 16 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has received two contracts, with a combined value of approximately €85m (£75.2m), to strengthen and protect a stretch of seafront coastline from erosion in the UK and Romania.

The firm has won a contract from the Portsmouth City Council to construct new sea defences in Southsea near Portsmouth in the south of the UK.

Under the contract, Boskalis in a joint venture with VolkerStevin will provide flood protection to thousands of households and businesses along a 4.5km-long stretch of coastline.

Boskalis will be responsible for deploying a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will also construct revetments using rock barges.

The firm plans to commence pre-construction works immediately with project execution scheduled to commence early 2020.

VolkerStevin managing director Rob Coupe said: "We are delighted to be joining the team delivering this project. We have been impressed with the quality of work put into the Scheme already and are looking forward to getting on site and delivering new defences for Southsea."

VSBW, the joint venture of Boskalis and VolkerStevin, will assist the council and design consultant Royal HaskoningDHV.

Additionally, Boskalis has been awarded a contract by the Romanian Water Administration to preserve the coastline of Mamaia, Constanta.

As part of the contract, Boskalis will dredge four million cubic metres of sand using a large trailing suction hopper dredger as well as replenish the beach over a length of 7km to create a 100m-wide beach.

Intended to prevent further coastal erosion and to maintain a fixed coastline, the protection forms part of a large European Investment Bank programme, which focuses on the protection and rehabilitation of coastal areas.

Boskalis plans to immediately commence the pre-construction works including the finalisation of the design and engineering while the execution of the works will commence in the first half of 2020. Work is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

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Image: Boskalis and VolkerStevin will provide flood protection along a 4.5km-long stretch of coastline. Photo: courtesy of VolkerStevin.

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