Free passage restored for 15,000 vessels a year
Since the beginning of October, the deepening of the inland waterway Nieuwe Waterweg and Botlek has been completed. One of the busiest waterways in the Netherlands has been deepened by a metre and half across a distance of 25 km.
The contractors Van der Kamp and Boskalis have made sure that even the largest sea-going vessels with a draught of 15 m can now access the Botlek area in the port of Rotterdam. About EUR 70 million in total were invested in this project.
The dredging work was carried out while Europe’s busiest port remained in operation. More than 15,000 sea-going vessels navigate the Nieuwe Waterweg every year. (fd)