Jan De Nul Group continues its Latin American course

Capital Dredging in the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jan De Nul N.V. Sucursal Argentina, member of Jan De Nul Group, has been awarded the capital dredging of the interior of the Port of Buenos Aires by AGP (Administración General de Puertos). The total contract value is 60 million Pesos or 16 million US Dollars.

A volume of over 1 million cu.m. will be dredged.  Jan De Nul will deploy its 3,400 m³ trailing suction hopper dredge Niña. The dredging consists of the widening and deepening of the turning basin and the interior channel of the port.

The Port of Buenos Aires is with 1.2 million TEU’s Argentina’s major container port and moves yearly a volume of over 12 million tonnes.

Jan De Nul NV is well known in Argentina as its sister company Hidrovía S.A. is the concessionaire for the dredging and signalization of the hidrovía waterway between Santa Fe and the Atlantic Ocean, over a length of 800 kilometres under an 18 year contract starting in 1995. The project has made possible the enormous increase in exportation that Argentina has known in the last decade, in particular in the agricultural sector.

Dredging of Access Channel and Turning Basin in Port of Buenaventura, Colombia

Jan  De  Nul  Group  has signed an agreement with the ‘Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura S.A.’ (TC Buen) for the dredging of an access channel and turning basin for a new container terminal in the Port of Buenaventura, Colombia. The total value of the contract is around 50 million Euros.

A total volume of 5.3 million cu.m. will be dredged to a depth of -11.0 m and partly to -12.5 m. All materials have to be deposited at sea at an average distance of 36 km.

Since dredging has to take place in relatively shallow water depths, first the medium sized trailing suction hopper dredge Francesco di Giorgio will be deployed. Once access is gained, the larger hopper dredge James Cook will follow and transport the remaining volume to sea. The cutter suction dredge Hondius will dredge the harder material of the access channel and part of the turning basin and berth pocket.

The works are scheduled to start in July 2009 and will take thirteen months to complete.

Deepening Dredging in the Port of Rio Grande, Brazil

The consortium Jan De Nul – Odebrecht was awarded the dredging contract for the deepening of the Port of Rio Grande from 14 m to 16 m in the inner channel and from 14 m to 18 m in the outer channel. The total contract value is 196 million Reais or 101 million US Dollars.

After the extension of the breakwaters, this contract is the second step in the major expansion of the southern facility of Rio Grande, doubling the cargo capacity of the port to 50 million tons by 2014.

The scope of the contract comprises the removal of 17.4 million cu.m. at the 24 km channel of one of Brazil’s key ports. Jan De Nul will deploy its 16,500 m³ trailing suction hopper dredge Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

The contract will be executed in 2 phases. During the first phase the channel will be deepened, after which the whole will be maintained at depth for 2 years.

With this deepening, the post-panamax vessels that actually call on Rio Grande, will no longer be limited in load by the depth, resulting in significant cost reduction. On the other hand this work will enable Rio Grande to become a main player in the area, and should gain cargo, such as grains from the River Plate area, Paraguay and Bolivia, ore from Mato Grosso do Sul and Bolivia and containers of the same region. Brasilia is investing around 1.6 billion Reais in dredging the country’s major ports in the National Dredging Program (PND).

Beach Restoration Works in Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico

Méxicana de Dragados S.A. de C.V., a member of Jan De Nul Group, is awarded the contract for the beach restoration of Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. The total contract value amounts to 45 million Euros.

The job consists of the dredging and reclamation of more than 6 million cu.m. from a sand deposit located about 25 miles from the tourist beach in Cancún.

Sand will have to be pumped on the beaches of Cancún, Playa del Carmen and on the island of Cozumel. Additionally, two underwater breakwaters will be constructed to protect the beaches from erosion.

Jan De Nul Group is proud to be part of this prestigious project to boost the tourism industry in Mexico after it took a severe hit as a result of the recent swine flu.