Saying it’s cold in Sabetta really is an understatement. In winter, temperatures drop to -25 degrees Celsius, and in summer, these may rise up to 10 degrees.

In winter, it stays dark all the time. In summer, it never gets dark. Pieter Timmermans: “It’s quite a unique experience. You stay awake at night and realise you’re not getting tired. Your biological clock isn’t working.”

In the final weeks of the project, it got dark again at night. Several Jan De Nul employees were lucky and saw the aurora borealis. “Personnel working at night on the bridge of the vessels had a list of people who wanted to be woken up in the event the aurora borealis would be visible. We were called out of bed several times to come and watch”, explains captain Koen Van den Berghe. “It definitely is a special experience, something I can tick off from my personal bucket list.” 

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