Van Oord has gained a new contract for dredging and maintenance work at the Port of Surabaya, Indonesia.
The Netherlands-based dredging and maintenance company has been awarded a €50 million contract from port owners, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero), to dredge the western access channel.
The contract was signed in the presence of the Dutch minister of infrastructure and the environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegan, whilst on a planned visit to Jakarta and Surabaya last week.
The visit follows that of Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte in November last year, who went to the country on the pretext to strengthen existing collaboration between both countries regarding water management and port development.
Works will include the widening and deepening of the existing channel to 150 metres and 13 metres respectively.
Van Oord will deploy two vessels; one large and one medium-large trailing suction hopper dredgers to complete the project, which will involve moving more than 10 million m3 of silt from the river to the sea, and the removal of a number of derelict ships trapped in the river basin.
In accordance with the contract, Van Oord is set to provide annual maintenance work over the course of the next two years.
The project is due to begin next month and is expected to take 10 months to complete.