All things nice and tidy: remadiation works at Lobroeksdok
Good news for the Oosterweel Link: on 4 May, Aertssen started the preparatory work on the Lobroekdok. Under the watchful eye of Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister of Mobility and Koen Kennis, Antwerp’s Mobility alderman, the first shipwreck was lifted. An impressive job in which a total of 220,000 m³ of contaminated sludge, seventeen shipwrecks and landfill waste from the ground was removed.
Lobroekdok. Under the watchful eye of Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister of Mobility and Koen Kennis, Antwerp’s Mobility alderman, the first shipwreck was lifted. An impressive job in which a total of 220,000 m³ of contaminated sludge, seventeen shipwrecks and landfill waste from the ground was removed.
For the construction of the Oosterweel Link, the Antwerp Ring overpass will be replaced by a tunnel. The tunneling works will take place near the heavily polluted Lobroekdok, close to the Sportpaleis arena. Aertssen started the remediation and salvage works to make this tunnel possible. Once these clean-up operations are completed we will be another step closer to starting the construction of the Oosterweel Link.
220,000 m³ contaminated sludge
The sludge in the dock is excavated to the clay layer. In this way we guarantee that all pollution is removed. We will excavate and remove a total of 220,000 m³ of contaminated sludge from the dock and discharge it via vessels. Thanks to this sustainable solution, we are keeping ten thousand trucks off the road.
A silt curtain in the passage of the dock also ensures that the smaller particles do not pass to the Albert Canal during the dredging operations.
3.1 million euros
In addition to these much-needed remediation works, 17 shipwrecks – some fully submerged, and others partially – are also lifted out of the water. They leave the dock via water-transport and are recycled in a demolition yard in Hoboken. We also take care of the removal of abandoned objects. Project Leader Eric Broes said that “We found a lot of dumped objects in the dock. For example, anchors, safes, mopeds, cans and refrigerators. You could say we lifted the stock of an entire electronics shop out of the dock.”
The total clean-up of the dock will take eighteen months. The cost of preparing the dock for the Oosterweel Link amounts to a 3.1 million euros. This is a major investment for the future of Antwerp, in which Aertssen is proud to be involved.