Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has won a contract from Flinders Ports, the owner and operator of the Port Adelaide Outer Harbor shipping channel in Australia, for the widening of the shipping channel.
The contract carries a total value of approximately €40m.
Under the terms of the contract, Boskalis will widen the shipping channel to 170m from the current 130m and extend the turning basin to accommodate the larger and more efficient Post Panamax container ships, which are increasingly dominating global containerised cargo transport.
The expanded channel will also accommodate larger cruise ships to support the tourism industry.
Boskalis will deploy a trailing suction hopper dredger and a large backhoe dredger for the removal of an estimated 1.5 million m³ of mainly sand and clay material.
Flinders Ports and Boskalis are committed to minimising the environmental impact of the channel widening programme and maximising the ongoing health of the marine environment in line with the Environment Protection Authority dredging license requirements.
The dredged material will be placed in a designated area 30km offshore with the aid of adaptive environmental management techniques to ensure that the maximum permitted turbidity levels are not exceeded.
The project will be taken up in the second half of 2019.
Royal Boskalis Westminster provides solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors.
The company’s core services, including coastal defence, riverbank protection and land reclamation, allow it to provide adaptive and mitigating solutions to combat the impacts of climate change, sea level rise and to deliver solutions for the increasing need for space in coastal and delta regions.
Boskalis also assists in the development of energy infrastructure, including renewables, and is present in the construction and development of ports, waterways, access channels and roads.
A global maritime salvage expert, Boskalis has several partnerships in harbour towage and terminal services (Kotug Smit Towage, Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco).
Image: Boskalis secures contract for Adelaide port channel widening project. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.