Boskalis awarded $94m worth of coastal contracts

Boskalis awarded $94m worth of coastal contracts

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.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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