Maintenance dredging The Nord-Ostsee Kanal (NOK, or Kiel Canal) - Brunsbüttel
|Wasser- und Schiffahrtsambt Brunsbüttel
Van de Graaf Sr
Trailing suction hopper dredger Van de Graaf Sr. and bed leveller Bertus are our regular ships on this project.
Bed leveller Elco was replaced in 2019 by bed leveller Bertus.
|Approx. 6.400.000 m3 per year
About this project
The Kiel Canal (in German: Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, abbreviated: NOK) connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea. It is one of the busiest man-made shipping channels in the world (approx. 40,000 commercial vessels and 20,000 pleasure craft).
The maintenance depth is up to 12 metres. The width of the canal varies from 102 to 162 metres. There are two locks systems in the canal. On both ends of the canal are two small old locks and two large new locks.
Trailing suction hopper dredgers and a bed leveller ensure the maintenance and restoration of the required depths and widths in the port of Brunsbüttel (inside and outside) and the NOK navigation channel.