Dredging is about shaping the world and creating opportunities. Whether it involves deepening and widening inland waterways, expanding ports, reclaiming land for residential areas or to protect existing neighbourhoods against the rising sea levels, dredging is about shaping the environment to make the most of it. The following examples of some of the world’s largest and most prestigious dredging projects provide an insight into the opportunities dredging can help create.
Palm Islands, Dubai
Say ‘Dubai’ and many people will automatically picture the palm-shaped island, Palm Jumeirah. This artificial island off the coast of Dubai can be seen from space and is one of the major tourist attractions of the United Arab Emirates. The project offers an unparalleled example of land reclamation possibilities. Read the full case here
New Suez Canal, Egypt
The Suez Canal in Egypt connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. It is the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia and also one of the world’s most used waterways. Since the completion of the New Suez Canal in 2015, the canal is now an even faster route and able to welcome even more vessels. Read full case here
Maasvlakte 2, The Netherlands
Around the year 2000, it became clear that the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands would soon reach its maximum capacity within the existing port area. Wanting to maintain its leading position in Europe, the port needed additional space for growth. To achieve this, the Port Authority decided to think outside the box. If there’s no space to expand on land, why not create land in the sea? Read the full case here