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COASTAL PROTECTION AROUND THE CLOCK IN KNOKKE

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The sea level is rising and the chance of heavy storms is increasing. Climate change is strongly felt all over the world. The level of the North Sea has already risen by 20 cm over the past 100 years and this rise will accelerate in the future. The combination of such a rise with heavy storms can lead to major damage to a coastal strip. Due to its low position, the Belgian coast in particular is highly vulnerable to this.

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Nature develops and maintains itself.

With our Nature-Based Solutions, we go for integrated building techniques based on and to the benefit of nature.

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Wondering how we did it?

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Bart Praet - Head of dredging works Benelux and Evelien Craeynest -  Superintendent,
take you to Knokke.

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In order to protect the Belgian coast, we raise the beach. Therefore, we pump ashore a large quantity of sand keeping the shape of the coastline intact in a natural way. Our trailing suction hopper dredger Pedro Álvares Cabral dredged this sand about 50 km off the coast of Knokke and transported it to the port of Zeebrugge. Here the vessel connected to an onshore pipeline and pumped the sand to Knokke over a distance of 5 km.

Project execution in the most sustainable way

Project execution 
in a Code Zero way

Project execution is becoming more and more sustainable. Clients monitor this closely. So did the Flemish Government, which entrusted us with this project, particularly because of this extra sustainable touch. We selected our equipment focussing on fewer emissions and less nuisance, fully in line with our company’s sustainability programme Code Zero.


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The site office is highly energy-efficient because of its green energy supply. We are currently investing heavily in a renewal of our huts for all sites. After this investment boom, only eco-site huts will be part of our infrastructure.

The COemissions achieved on this project are 88% lower than the reference footprint. This is due to the use of the biofuels, the optimisation of the engine use and the energy-saving interventions.

The heavy land equipment, such as bulldozers, excavators and wheel loaders, that has been deployed is more economical and less polluting than the standard machines. The land equipment in Knokke complies with the Tier 4 standard and ensures 80% less NOx emissions than the conventional equipment.

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The trailing suction hopper dredger Pedro Álvares Cabral was in charge of the dredging works. With a hopper capacity of 14,000 m³, it is a larger calibre dredger, thus efficiently reducing the number of sailings between the dredging area and the port. For this assignment, the vessel did not sail on marine diesel, but on 100% second-generation biofuel. This reduced the vessel's COemissions by 80% to 90%.

The COemissions on this project are 88% lower than the reference footprint.

A nature-based solution to protect the Belgian coast.

knokke_zeebrugge_eart...

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COASTAL PROTECTION AROUND THE CLOCK IN KNOKKE

The sea level is rising and the chance of heavy storms is increasing. Climate change is strongly felt all over the world. The level of the North Sea has already risen by 20 cm over the past 100 years and this rise will accelerate in the future. The combination of such a rise with heavy storms can lead to major damage to a coastal strip. Due to its low position, the Belgian coast in particular is highly vulnerable to this.

Project execution is becoming more and more sustainable. Clients monitor this closely. So did the Flemish Government, which entrusted us with this project, particularly because of this extra sustainable touch. We selected our equipment focussing on fewer emissions and less nuisance, fully in line with our company’s sustainability programme Code Zero.


Wondering how we did it?

video interview
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Bart Praet - Head of dredging works Benelux and Evelien Craeynest -  Superintendent,
take you to Knokke.

0p1a3198.jpg

Project execution 
in a Code Zero way

0p1a3355.jpg (copy)

The trailing suction hopper dredger Pedro Álvares Cabral was in charge of the dredging works. With a hopper capacity of 14,000 m³, it is a larger calibre dredger, thus efficiently reducing the number of sailings between the dredging area and the port. For this assignment, the vessel did not sail on marine diesel, but on 100% second-generation biofuel. This reduced the vessel's COemissions by 80% to 90%.

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0p1a3415.jpg (copy)

The heavy land equipment, such as bulldozers, excavators and wheel loaders, that has been deployed is more economical and less polluting than the standard machines. The land equipment in Knokke complies with the Tier 4 standard and ensures 80% less NOx emissions than the conventional equipment.

0p1a3415.jpg (copy)

The site office is highly energy-efficient because of its green energy supply. We are currently investing heavily in a renewal of our huts for all sites. After this investment boom, only eco-site huts will be part of our infrastructure.

The COemissions achieved on this project are 88% lower than the reference footprint. This is due to the use of the biofuels, the optimisation of the engine use and the energy-saving interventions.

GO TO OUR WEBSITE

Nature develops and maintains itself.

With our Nature-Based Solutions, we go for integrated building techniques based on and to the benefit of nature.

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The COemissions on this project are 88% lower than the reference footprint.

In order to protect the Belgian coast, we raise the beach. Therefore, we pump ashore a large quantity of sand keeping the shape of the coastline intact in a natural way. Our trailing suction hopper dredger Pedro Álvares Cabral dredged this sand about 50 km off the coast of Knokke and transported it to the port of Zeebrugge. Here the vessel connected to an onshore pipeline and pumped the sand to Knokke over a distance of 5 km.

Project execution in the most sustainable way