Diegem, in the Flemish periphery around Brussels, and on the Brussels – Antwerp axis, is near the national airport of Zaventem. It goes without saying that, in an area of such national and international economic importance, space is scarce and…Read more
Jan De Nul’s added value for projects such as this is its extreme flexibility in searching for customised solutions. For instance, we completely converted the Tiger, a self-sailing split hopper barge, so as to be able to remove sediments in places that are very difficult to reach.
A crane for removing rocks, an eco-friendly gripper for dredging polluted sediments, an extension piece to be able to grab at places that are very difficult to reach....,
The Tiger is clearly much more than your ordinary split hopper barge.
Jan van Vijven: “We’ve even been examining whether we could convert the vessel into a rock dumping vessel for the next stage of this project. The Tiger is often adjusted for special assignments because it is a relatively small and agile vessel. That’s what I like about it: on the Tiger, no day is the same. Besides, we have a great crew that excels when facing difficult tasks.”
During the first stage, the Tiger removed polluted sediments from the seabed in Monaco, using a mounted crane and an eco-friendly gripper. The dredged sediments were loaded into the hopper, after which the vessel sailed back and forth to the Envisan centre in Toulon for unloading. “After this, we mounted another gripper onto our crane so that we could accurately remove rocks on the location where the Francis Beaufort was executing dredging works”, says Superintendent Rodolphe Dienst. Rodolphe, who is also very enthusiastic about the crew: “The Tiger can be adjusted to every situation and as such you could call it the real project hero. But without motivated people on board, it would be impossible to bring such complex projects to a successful end.”