Expansion of waterway Eemshaven - North Sea, Groningen

The Netherlands - Germany (2017)

Project facts:

  • Client

    Rijkswaterstaat PPO

  • Organisation Wasser- und Schiffahrtsdirektion Nordwest WSA Emden

  • Implementation period 2017

  • Project budget > € 25 million

The challenge

The waterway between Eemshaven and the North Sea will be deepened and widened, making the Eemshaven (Ems Habor) accessible to large Panamax and LNG ships. The new waterway will have a depth of 12.5-14.0 meters. The Eemshaven needs more supply of coal, natural gas and biomass. Groningen Seaports and the province of Groningen want to develop the port into Europe's largest center for chemistry, data storage and energy. The port wants to remain attractive for global companies such as Google, which operates large computer and data storage centers in the port.

Copyright pictures: Rijkswaterstaat, Navionics Charts, Groningen Seaports

The activities

  • Removal of shipwrecks, anchors and explosives
  • Expansion of the Eemshaven - North Sea shipping channel
  • Distribution of dredging material in the Eems estuary
  • Adjusting the Doekegat Rede & Noordzee anchorage sites
  • Development of Vessel Traffic Management system
  • Construction of bird island near the Eemshaven
  • Construction of salt marsh landscap Marconi Delfzijl



The effects of the expansion project on nature and the environment need to be limited as much as possible. Therefore, the waterway will have a stepped profile, so that the dreding impact on the seabed is minimal. During the implementation, the flora and fauna are taken into account by strict monitoring and survey activities. The animation below gives an impression of the depths of the waterway Eemshaven - North Sea :



Our contribution

  • Adjustments of final designs
  • Dredging cycle analyzes and optimizations
  • Analysis of dredging trips and survey frequences
  • Prepartation of customer and contractual requirements
  • Technical consultation and meetings with departments
  • Monitoring of survey activities and implementation