Kandla Port Trust has awarded a contract to Van Oord to keep the approach channel to the Indian port up to its declared depth for the next three years. The approach channel is a crucial gateway to the port of Kandla, which is one of the major ports in western India. Dredging activities will commence in July this year.
The port of Kandla is strategically located in the north-west of India with good hinterland connections. Improving the accessibility of the port will contribute to the growth of international and local trade and facilitate economic growth in the region.
Van Oord has a lengthy track record in India. “We are very happy to win this project after having successfully completed several others in the Kandla area. We are looking forward to being of service to our client again,” says Ton van der Burg, South West Asia Area Manager.
Trailing suction hopper dredgers, Volvox Delta and Volvox Asia, will be deployed to maintain both the channel and berth approaches. To protect the environment the dredged material will be deposited in a designated area at sea.