EUR 85 million contracts to protect against coastal erosion

The Black Sea resort of Mamaia is set to have its beach extended as part of a major coastline erosion protection programme.

Two contracts to strengthen and protect seafront coastlines from erosion in the UK and Romania have been awarded to Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis). The contracts carry a combined value of approximately EUR 85 million.

Boskalis has been awarded a contract by Portsmouth City Council to construct new sea defences in Southsea (near Portsmouth) UK.  Working in joint venture with VolkerStevin, the project will provide flood protection to the thousands of households and businesses located along a 4.5km stretch of coastline. Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will construct revetments using rock barges. Pre-construction works will start immediately and the construction itself is expected to start in early 2020 and scheduled to take five years to complete.

The Black Sea resort of Mamaia in Constanta, Romania is set to have its beach replenished.  Contracted by the Romanian Water Administration, Boskalis will dredge four million cubic metres of sand using a large trailing suction hopper dredger and replenish the beach over a length of seven kilometres to create a 100-metre-wide beach.   Aimed at preserving the coastline of Mamaia, the project is set to prevent further coastal erosion and to maintain a fixed coastline. It forms part of a large European Investment Bank program focusing on the protection and rehabilitation of coastal areas. Pre-construction works including the finalisation of the design and engineering will commence immediately, with the execution of works set to start in the first half of 2020 and to be completed in 2021.

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