José Pycke already works twenty years for Jan De Nul and is responsible for the workshop in Aalst. The workshop has 70 employees, spread over several departments, almost half are welders but we also have plenty of machine operators, electricians…Read more
Ignace Stols, project manager dredging works, continues: “In November, December and January, the sea in the Gulf of Guinea is less rough. The access channel is situated outside the protected area so we had to be able to make use of this calmer period for dredging it."
"At the end of 2014, the cutter dredger Niccolò Machiavelli arrived at the site. It deepened the access channel to -14 metre depth and dredged the turning ships circle along with the dock. At the same time, we also dredged a trench of 18 metres deep for the quay wall foundations. The 800,000 cubic metres sand dredged was pumped ashore through a pipe placed on the seabed because the port activities were not to be interrupted. These dredged materials were used to build a rectangular plot of land of one kilometre long and 25 metre wide alongside which we created the first 200-metre quay wall."
"Starting in January 2016, again in the most favourable weather period, we dredged and removed another 3.5 million cubic metres. This time, the cutter suction dredger Ibn Battuta dredged up to a depth of -16 metre. This is needed to be able to receive the latest generation of bulk carriers and container ships. With the dredged materials, we reclaimed a site of almost 50 acres. We also started building the second 400-metre section of the quay wall; this will be ready in the fall of 2017."
A project such as in Takoradi is very capital-intensive. Governments may well have the vision to expand their ports, often their budgets are inadequate. Mathias Van De Vijver, Financial Manager, explains how Jan De Nul can still realise these projects…Read more
The total quay wall height is up to 20.7 metres, with at low tide 3.2 metre above and 17.5 metre below water. It is built of 4,000 concrete blocks each of 50 tonnes, all made on site. When stacking the concrete blocks, these are aligned alternately.…Read more
The project in Takoradi started in 2012; today, it is almost 90% complete. Filip Morobé, Area Director Africa: “What makes this project special, is that there has been no call for tenders. The Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) has…Read more
Apart from wood, Takoradi mainly exports cocoa, bauxite and magnesium. The port is also the central pivot for all supplies to Jubilee Field, a huge offshore oil field west of Takoradi. Another part of the cargo entering the port is intended for countries…Read more