AGB Maritiem completes canal upgrade

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AGB Maritiem has successfully completed upgrades on the Twente canals after 17 months of quayside work.

The works included towing, pushing, welding, cutting, and various additional jobs on the multipurpose vessel ‘Destiny’ of AGB Maritiem.

The vessel was part of the Dutch Twente canals upgrading project undertaken by marine contractors Van Oord, Hakkers and Beens.

The Twente canals are important logistics links for the inland ports of Almelo, Hengelo and Enschede.

In 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management decided to widen and deepen the canals to 2.80 metres to make the waterways easier to navigate for larger and more heavily loaded ships.

The purpose of the project was to make the ports more accessible, boosting the regional economy and employment.

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Karel Aangeenbrug, co-founder of AGB Maritiem, said: “We had already done some great projects with the Destiny, but this was very special.

“It is our biggest project to date, and we liked working in it, partly because the collaboration with our clients was smooth and the combination of contractors and subcontractors formed a fun and professional team.

“The upgrading required a lot of quay construction work, transport, and all kinds of supporting activities,” Aangeenbrug added.

This announcement comes three months after the Port of Houston Authority announced it was making progress towards the Houston Ship Channel expansion project, slated for completion in 2025.

More recently, in March, the Port of Long Beach and International Transportation Service (ITS) completed the $55 million Pier G Wharf Improvements Project.

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