Royal Boskalis Westminster, the Dutch dredging and offshore outfit, has been awarded contracts in the UK and Romania worth in total €85 million ($94 million).

Boskalis was contracted by Portsmouth City Council to construct new sea defenses in Southsea, near Portsmouth, in a joint venture with VolkerStevin. Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will construct revetments using rock barges. Project execution is planned to start in early 2020 and is estimated to take 5 years.

In addition, Boskalis has acquired a contract from the Romanian Water Administration to preserve the coastline of Mamaia, Constanta. Boskalis will dredge 4 million m3 of sand using a large trailing suction hopper dredger and replenish the beach over a length of 7 km to create a 100m-wide beach. The project is aimed at preventing further coastal erosion. Work is scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2020 and will be completed in 2021.