2019 February 24 11:33

Van Oord signs contract for sandscaping scheme in the UK

Van Oord, working as part of Team Van Oord, signed the contract for the Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management (Sandscaping) Scheme. The project is awarded by North Norfolk District Council and execution will start in April this year, Van Oord said in its news release.

The project milestones include the decommissioning of existing outfalls and installing a new outfall. To protect important infrastructure from flooding and benefit local communities, sand will be placed on the beach off Bacton Gas Terminal, Bacton village and Walcott village. Van Oord will be deploying a large trailing suction hopper dredger and a backhoe dredger.

The project will create significantly bigger beaches, improved beach access and increase protection from the sea for the gas terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott. As part of the scheme, Van Oord will provide additional value to the villages through a number of initiatives, such as supporting local charities that have a sustainable impact on the community.

Councillor Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council commented: "I am delighted we have got to this stage in this crucial project, which will help to provide additional protection to nationally important infrastructure and local villages, using the latest in modern technology and engineering."

Van Oord (Dredging and Marine Contractors) is a Dutch company founded in 1868, which specializes in dredging and land reclamation. The company operates across its 25 branches with the staff of over 4200 employees. It has a fleet of 97 vessels, including trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers, etc.