Jan De Nul Group, a Luxembourg-based company that provides services relating to the construction and maintenance of maritime infrastructure, has secured major works from the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) of Australia to dredge the channel and enhance the safe and sustainable access to the Port of Port Hedland.
The project is part of stage two of the Channel Risk and Optimisation Project (CROP), a PPA initiative to sustain the long-term operation, development and future growth of the Port of Port Hedland.
Over the past several years, Jan De Nul Group has been the lead contractor for capital dredging works as well as the maintenance dredging works within the port precinct of Port Hedland.
Situated on the North-West coast of Australia, Port Hedland is Australia’s largest export port by annual throughput and largest bulk mineral export port in the world with iron ore being the main export commodity.
The PPA facilitates $140m of trade through the Port of Port Hedland every day, which requires the safe and efficient management of approximately 6,000 vessel movements in the port each year.
Under the contract, Jan De Nul Group will mobilise the self-propelled Cutter Suction Dredger Niccoló Machiavelli with a total installed capacity of 24,000kW.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-2019 and will provide an emergency passing lane alongside the shipping channel, enhanced water refuge zones and increased water depth in targeted areas of the access channel.
Earlier in January 2019, Jan De Nul entered into a concession agreement with the Government of Bangladesh for the dredging of Payra Port.
The company’s subsidiary Payra Dredging (PDCL) entered into a concession agreement with Payra Port Authority for the capital and maintenance dredging of the Rabnabad Channel at Payra Port.
Under the agreement, Jan De Nul Group will be responsible for the development, dredging and commissioning of the access channel, turning basins, anchorage and berthing areas to accommodate larger sea-going vessels.
For the capital dredging works, the company will deploy up to nine dredgers of its fleet, including powerful Cutter Suction Dredgers. After the completion of the capital dredging works, Jan De Nul will perform maintenance dredging for a period of 10 years.
During the maintenance period, Payra Port Authority and Jan De Nul plan to develop the Payra Sea Port into a deep-sea port in accordance with the developed Masterplan.
Image: Cutter Suction Dredger Niccolo Machiavelli. Photo: Courtesy of Jan De Nul Group.