DEME has been active in St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga since 2004. In 2006 and 2007, the company participated in the dredging of an access channel for the new flood protection barrier in St. Petersburg. And in Ust- Luga DEME has been involved in many dredging projects including work on the ferry, oil and general cargo terminals, the turning basin and the operational basins of the transhipment terminal and container terminal, as well as in the southern and northern access channels.
During all these campaigns - in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010 - DEME has built up an excellent relationship with the client Northern Dredging Company (NDC), which is contracted by the end-client RosMorPort (the State Port Organisation).
The background to the Ust-Luga project was that the Russian government wanted a port that could compete with others in the Baltic region. When fully developed Ust-Luga will be one of the largest ports in Russia.
After several successful dredging campaigns in the Russian port and in recognition of being a very reliable services provider, DEME was awarded a new contract for the fifth campaign in 2011.
The fifth contract involved the dredging and reclamation of the Northern Access Channel, the North 2 Container Terminal and the LPG terminal.
DEME deployed its two large Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers Pearl River and Lange Wapper to execute dredging and reclamation works at the terminals and in the access channel.
Construction of Northern Access Channel included:
- Dredging to design depth of 17.5 m. This work represented 6.5 million m³ of dredged material.
Construction of North 2 Container Terminal:
- Dredging to design depth of 16 m (representing 305,398 m³).
Construction of LPG terminal:
- Dredging to design depth of 13.5 m. This part of the project represented 1.1 million m³.