Following the construction of Palm Jumeirah, in Dubai, UAE, that started in 2001, Van Oord has now completed the first major maintenance works on the Palm’s trunk, sixteen palm leaves and crescent. The beaches have been restored and shaped with quality sand.

In the past decades, erosion caused the beaches to decline. Project developer Nakheel contracted Van Oord to raise and shape the beaches on the Palm over a length of 55 kilometres by half a metre and to create three shore protection structures, so called groynes, to reduce erosion.

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1.8 million cubic metres of sand

Van Oord deployed trailing suction hopper dredger Volvox Olympia to restore the beaches. In total, the vessel applied approximately 1.8 million cubic metres of sand. To get the right quality of refined sand suitable for the beaches, a special sieve was designed inhouse to enable the vessel to sift the dredged sand.

Palm Jumeirah maintenance project - Dubai- UAE - Dredging - beach restoration
Palm Jumeirah maintenance project – Dubai- UAE – Dredging – beach restoration

‘Van Oord is proud to be builder of Palm Jumeirah and to return to provide maintenance, which shows our commitment to long-term relationships,’ states Patrick Braam, project manager. ‘The biggest difference in working on the Palm now compared with more than twenty years ago is the fact that the island is now fully inhabited. We are actually working in people’s backyards. Therefore stakeholder alignment was a top priority.’

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First showpiece

The remarkable megaproject Palm Jumeirah was Van Oord’s first showpiece in Dubai. Since then, Van Oord has been involved in various iconic waterfront and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, specifically in Dubai.

Many world-renowned landmarks, including The World, Bluewaters Island and the Dubai Harbour Masterplan, have become valuable additions to Van Oord’s local track record, which continues to grow. In the months ahead the Volvox Olympia will be deployed on two other land reclamation projects in Dubai.

Pictures by Van Oord.

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