North Europe

  • 7 simultaneous projects in Northern Europe
  • 8 hectares of storage area for, amongst others, our dredging pipelines in open-air warehouse in Zelzate

Apart from the usual challenges associated with dredging projects, this particular cluster of projects in Northern Europe also posed climatological, linguistic and time-related challenges to Jan De Nul. Through constant meticulous planning, we maintain control over every assignment.

Jan De Nul operates on a global scale. Having a concentration of dredging equipment in a specific region increases the competitive edge and may yield a cluster of similar projects within the same region, which – almost as often – goes hand in hand with a number of similar challenges. Take Northern Europe for instance, where in recent months Jan De Nul has worked in Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. Where we had to consider difficult weather conditions, contracts in the local language and, more than once, little time to set up the project. Below, the respective projects are explained.


The Westman Islands, south of Iceland, are home to 3,000 people who live mainly by fishing. The ferry to export fish sailed twice a day the natural deep-water port to the mainland. Thanks to the construction of a small harbour in Landeyjahöfn on the mainland, the ferry now sails 11 times a day, generating a huge boost to tourism and the local economy. However, the new harbour suffers from a great deal of sedimentation. Since 2016, the trailing suction hopper dredger Galilei has been working there 6 months a year to keep the access to the ferry harbour open. During the other 6 months, Jan De Nul carried out other dredging works all around Iceland.

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