An A certificate for our Willem van Rubroeck

Willem van Rubroeck and James Cook successfully end the Arise project in Mauritania

Our Willem van Rubroeck ended her first mission in Mauritania with success! Yesterday, the new ARISE port terminal in the harbour of Nouakchott was officially inaugurated.

Our newest Cutter Suction Dredger has proven to be extremely well suited for the conditions in which she has operated: large swells in open-sea conditions, hard seabed to be dredged, working near existing port infrastructure in shallow waters. No doubt: an A certificate for Willem van Rubroeck!

The hard work of our Cutter Suction Dredger Willem van Rubroeck and Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger James Cook pays off: the port of Nouakchott will now offer the country its largest port terminal, which will undoubtedly lead to a positive boost for Mauritania. We are proud to have contributed.

New port terminal for an economic boost

From May to October, our vessels have been working in the port of the capital Nouakchott on the deepening of the access channel, the port basin and the new berth alongside the new ARISE port terminal.

Willem van Rubroeck pre-cutted the hard seabed, after which the trailing suction hopper dredger James Cook dredged up the cut material. The duo was assisted by the barges Pinta, Boussole, L'Aigle and Le Guerrier. All together, they removed a total of 3 million m³ of hard soil.

Challenging conditions

The project was largely carried out in the open sea, and that is exactly why the Willem van Rubroeck was the best option.

This powerful cutter suction dredger is our largest cutter dredger with a total installed power of 41,346 kW, three 8,500 kW dredge pumps, 8,500 kW of cutter power and a cutter reach up to 45 metres water depth.

Willem van Rubroeck was built to dredge very hard rocky soil, and thanks to its size, this vessel can also withstand more difficult conditions, such as higher waves and more challenging weather conditions.