In Calais, Jan De Nul has started with the construction of an entirely new port, together with three major partners.

Cargo traffic between the United Kingdom and France is completely saturated. Particularly on the French side, there is a huge capacity problem, not only in the port near the ferries but also at the Channel. The solution is an entirely new port. An additional requirement set by the French authorities is that all current ferry activities in the ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk will be grouped in this new port.

Kobbe Peirs, in charge of all maritime dredging works across Europe outside the Benelux: "After a study period of one and a half year, we could start the works fort his gigantic Design & Build (turnkey) project in early 2016. The project involves the construction of a breakwater of 3.3 kilometres, dredging an access channel and a large turning circle, the reclamation of a site of 284 acres from the sea and the construction of three berths for ferries. In addition, we will also execute all corresponding civil works such as the construction of car parks and several bridges and buildings. The new port will be built in front of the existing port. The opening of the port is scheduled for 2020.”

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