Royal Boskalis Westminster nv has won an order for broadening and deepening the entrance channels to the ports of Gothenburg (Sweden). The contract value exceeds EUR 30 million.
The client is the Swedish Maritime Organization. The project, under the name Â'Safer Fairways to GothenburgÂ', will start in December 2002 and will be completed around February 2004.
Broadening and deepening fairways
The work consists of two phases. Phase 1 is the broadening and deepening of the Â'TorshamnschannelÂ'. In phase 2 the Â'BÃ¶ttÃ¶ledenÂ' fairway will be broadened and deepened. Hopper dredgers will dredge in total some 10 million cubic meters of clay. About another 400,000 cubic meters of rock will be drilled, blasted and dredged. With this order Boskalis Sweden will make a contribution to the further development of the Gothenburg harbor.
Safety and capacity
Gothenburg harbor aims to achieve a major improvement concerning safety and an increase of capacity of the fairways and harbor. Later, the Â'SkandiaharborÂ' will also be altered in order to accommodate larger ships and container cranes.
Royal Boskalis Westminster nv is an international group with a leading position in the world market for dredging services. Its core activities are the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. The company holds ten home market positions in and outside Europe and targets all market segments in the dredging industry. Boskalis has a versatile fleet of over 300 units and operates in over 50 countries across five continents. Boskalis has over 3,000 employees. Boskalis has a clear growth strategy, which focuses on the strengthening of its market position. The company has grown at an average annual rate of more than 10% since the eighties and the aim of the policy is to continue this trend.
(source: Boskalis Westminster)