At the Port of Rotterdam, an underwater dam at the entrance to the Botlek terminal has been successfully removed.
The nautical guaranteed depth (NGD) was -5.6m NAP (New Amsterdam Water Level) and will now be -14.5m NAP. In total, the building consortium Boskalis/Van Oord dredged over 500,000m3 from the mouth of the Botlek.
These operations will improve the nautical accessibility of this port area. At the end of September, a significant section of the shallows was removed, so that the Oasis of the Seas – the biggest passenger ship in the world – could access Keppel Verolme more easily.
The measure is in line with Port Authority policy to continue to develop existing port areas in the port of Rotterdam. In the coming five years, it will be investing €500,000 in this.