Van Oord has secured a €37m ($45m) contract from Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique to dredge a 27km access channel in the port of Beira, Mozambique.
The work also includes dredging eight million cubic metres of sand and clay, of which three million will be used for land reclamation in an area adjacent to the existing port for a coal terminal.
The Dutch company said it will deploy two medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredgers for the project.
The dredging work is being undertaken to restore the navigational depth of the access channel to a minimum of 8m below chart datum on its entire length, and down to 9.2m in the Macuti Bend of the access channel.
The project, which started in April, will take about 18 months to complete.
Funds for the project came from a loan from the European Investment Bank, ORET Funding from the Netherlands, and the government of Mozambique, according to dredgingtoday.com.