The Russian government wanted a port that could compete with others in the Baltic region. Therefore, in 2008 the decision was taken to go-ahead with the development and the focus changed from Primorsk to Ust-Luga port. This would also allow large tankers to enter the port.
Of strategic national interest, Ust-Luga port is expected to be one of the largest ports in Russia when fully developed.
Dredging International was contracted by State Enterprise Rosmorport and mobilised its brand new hopper BRABO to carry out the target depths required within the time schedules.
The company dredged to a target depth of -14 m in the first phase and -16 m at the transhipment and oil terminals during the second phase.
A total of 5.5 million m³ was dredged by trailing suction hopper dredgers in preparation of further dredging works in 2009. The dumping zones were located at a distance of 8 km and 18 km.
The project was challenging because many boulders were encountered and had to be removed from the working area. However, Dredging International proved its versatility and made adaptations to the drag head to cope with the conditions.
In 2009 another 9 million m3 were dredged by Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers.