Mooring safely at Brittanniëhaven Rotterdam

To allow larger vessels to moor safely at the new terminal of C.RO without any risk of damage, Martens en Van Oord deepened part of the Brittanniëhaven and applied scour protection.

Project characteristics

  • Carrying out a lot of work within 1 week due to short shutdown period.
  • Providing scour protection that can withstand the forces created by large seagoing vessels.

Use of our expertise

The Luxembourg company C.RO Ports, a group of companies with ro-ro terminals in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, will in the next couple of years be investing in the expansion of its Rotterdam Port Terminal (formerly known as the Cobelfret Terminal) in the Brittanniëhaven. To allow vessels with a greater draught to moor more safely and without a risk of damage, the port was deepened and scour protection was applied. Martens en Van Oord carried out this work on behalf of the Rotterdam Port Authority.

Work performed

First of all, dredging work was performed, then the riverbed was levelled and fascine mattresses were applied. These were secured with riprap. The mattresses are made of brushwood an 'wieps' (bundles of brushwood woven together to form a long sausage type shape) and serve as a filter between the ground surface and the rip-rap, preventing any sandy soil from being washed away. 

To reinforce this structure even more, colloidal concrete was applied on top of the rip-rap. All of these activities were performed with our ‘Scheldeoord’ multifunctional pontoon.

Short space of time

To minimise the disruption to the schedule of the C.RO fleet, the work was performed within a short time frame. The preparations were started in late January 2018 and the project was completed in April 2018. Most of the work had to be performed in the week of 26 February, when a shutdown was planned. 

Now that all the work has been finished, the large C.RO vessels can once again moor in the Brittanniëhaven without any issues.

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