Van Oord wins two Romania coastal reinforcement contracts

Dutch marine contractor Van Oord has landed two contracts to strengthen sea defences and habitats on the coast of Romania.  

The company will build groynes and add beaches to protect the resorts of Jupiter, Neptun, Balta Mangalia, Venus and Aurora. Marine habitats will be improved by adding artificial reefs and some 12ha of sea grass and algae will be planted, also boosting marine life.

Several breakwaters will be removed and replaced with more nature-friendly alternatives.

Van Oord won the roles following a two-year-long tender process by the Dobrogea Litoral Water Basin Administration.

Construction work on the groynes will start in 2023, following a year-long design phase. A trailing suction hopper dredger will be deployed to restore the beaches.

Work on the projects is due to be completed by 2025.

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