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2019 December 6 12:01

Jan De Nul sets new sustainability standards for maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast

Early this week, the maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast, got underway. What makes this project so unique, are the CO2-reducing measures taken by Jan De Nul Group, the company said in its release.

The maintenance dredging works in Nieuwpoort entail the dredging works in the port access channel and in the marinas. A large part of the dredging works are executed by means of the Cutter Suction Dredger Hendrik Geeraert and the split hopper barges Magellano and Verrazzano.

Earlier this year, Jan De Nul Group announced its commitment to emit 15% less CO2 on this project. To achieve this goal the vessels Magellano and Verrazzano will be equipped with renewable biofuel from certified and sustainable waste flows. Together with the Alexander von Humboldt, Jan De Nul Group now has three vessels in the Benelux sailing on sustainable biofuel.

To further highlight its pioneering role, Jan De Nul Group has set up its newly developed energy-efficient construction shed, which consumes about 80% less energy than a standard construction site office, for its local office in Nieuwpoort. A first in Belgium.

As earlier mentioned, three Jan De Nul vessels in the Benelux are currently running on 100% sustainable fuel. And the ambitions are to go much higher.

Jan De Nul Group also invests in the energy efficiency of its infrastructure and starts rolling out its ACT GREEN programme on the site in Nieuwpoort.

The site is equipped with the very latest energy-efficient construction shed. Through the extra insulation of walls, roof and floor, combined with triple glass, door pumps and an improved air density, heat and cold losses are minimised. Solar panels on the roof provide energy, a heat pump ensures heating and cooling. Conventional lights are replaced by led lighting.

All these measures result in 80% less energy consumption. “With our construction shed 2.0, we show both our employees and clients our high sustainability ambitions throughout all our business operations: from the very smallest to the highest energy consumers. In this way, we at Jan De Nul want to show to our colleagues within the construction industry that energy efficiency needn’t be difficult.”

In its invitation for tenders for maintenance dredging works in the coastal marine of Nieuwpoort, the Flemish government, through its agency ‘Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust’ (Marine and Coastal Services MDK), encouraged tenderers to pay maximum attention to CO2 reduction through innovation. The submitted CO2 reduction proposals were taken into account when assessing the tender and contract allocation.