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Boskalis and Van Oord Complete Dredging Work for Fehmarnbelt Tunnel

Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC), a collaborative effort between maritime giants Boskalis and Van Oord, has marked a significant milestone in the world of maritime infrastructure. The completion of the dredging work for the tunnel trench of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, linking Denmark and Germany, underscores a feat of engineering prowess.

After nearly three years of meticulous effort, Boskalis’ trailing suction hopper dredgers Crestway and Shoalway, alongside Van Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Amalia, have concluded the dredging of the 18-kilometer-long trench in the seabed. This accomplishment signifies a crucial step forward in the realization of this ambitious project.

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel project aims to establish a direct road and rail connection between Germany and Denmark. Once completed, it will stand as the longest immersed tunnel globally, facilitating swift and efficient transportation between Scandinavia and Central Europe for both passengers and freight.

While FBC celebrates the completion of the tunnel trench dredging, there are still tasks ahead to finalize the project. The next phase involves removing the embankments around the tunnel entrances on both the German and Danish sides. Additionally, dredging the underlying connection of the trench is part of the final stretch of work before the installation of tunnel elements commences.

The completion of the dredging work not only signifies progress in the physical construction but also reflects the collaborative spirit between industry leaders. Boskalis and Van Oord’s joint venture exemplifies the synergy and expertise required to tackle such complex maritime projects.


As the project moves forward, attention now shifts to the forthcoming tasks of installing tunnel elements. This phase will demand precision and coordination as another contractor takes the reins to shape the tunnel, setting the stage for its transformation into a vital link between two nations.

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel stands as a testament to human ingenuity and determination in overcoming geographical barriers. Its completion will not only enhance connectivity but also foster economic growth and development across the region.

In the realm of maritime infrastructure, projects like the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel exemplify the convergence of innovation, collaboration, and perseverance. With each milestone achieved, the vision of a more interconnected world comes closer to reality.

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