Dutch dredging and offshore outfit Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded contracts in the United Kingdom and Romania worth a combined €85m ($94m).
Portsmouth City Council has contracted Boskalis to construct new sea defenses in Southsea, near Portsmouth, in a joint venture with VolkerStevin. Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will construct revetments using rock barges. Project execution is expected to start early 2020 and is estimated to take five years.
Additionally, Boskalis has acquired a contract from the Romanian Water Administration to preserve the coastline of Mamaia, Constanta. Boskalis will dredge four million cu m of sand using a large trailing suction hopper dredger and replenish the beach over a length of seven km to create a 100m-wide beach. The project is aimed at preventing further coastal erosion. Work is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2020 and will be completed in 2021.