Tag: Asia

Sabetta

The Sabetta project was Jan De Nul’s biggest logistic challenge in 2016. In Sabetta (North Russia), this port is being built to transport gas stocks from Siberia to Europe and Asia with LNG tankers. Eighteen dredgers had to dredge 16.8 million…

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Linkou

Taiwan has been struggling for years to provide its inhabitants and industry with a stable power supply. To have sufficient coal to be able to operate the power plants at their full capacity, it is of vital importance that larger amounts of coal can…

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Crucial preparations

“We dredged round the clock, 7 days a week”, says Works Manager Kleo Danau. “This means that planning was crucial. Every vessel had to keep the others permanently informed. That was not always easy, internet or phone connections sometimes…

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Turnips, carrots and potatoes

Given the remote location, far from civilisation, the entire fleet had to be completely self-reliant. All auxiliary tools and spare parts were divided over the vessels and transferred from one vessel to another whenever needed. In 2016, Sabetta already…

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Permafrost

Another challenge of the Sabetta project was the amount of permafrost that had to be dredged. Because dredging works in the high North are very rare, this was a first for our company. Permafrost is frozen soil that never thaws, in this case mainly frozen…

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Bucket list

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:…

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Close to colleagues

Koen Van den Berghe is captain on the hopper dredger Francis Beaufort. “For me, it was an exciting project.  As a captain, I’m always the middleman, I consult with both staff on board and onshore staff. Now, I maintained very close contacts…

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Working near the limit

Operational Superintendent Karel Foré led the test for the cutter dredger J.F.J. De Nul. “We started on the spot with the hardest subsoil. If the test was successful, we knew that the rest would be feasible as well. Initially, we decided…

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Sub-centimetre measuring

In Linkou, different types of soil are being dredged: mudstone, boulders, fine sand... This makes it difficult to establish the perfect volume balance and production levels. The survey team monitors the dredged volumes very accurately, in real time and…

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