Pieter van der Klis

Having gained an MSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Pieter started his career at Ballast Nedam as a coastal engineer. He continued to work for the dredging division and was involved in the Storebaelt Bridge and Oresund Link projects. Since 2004, Pieter has worked for Van Oord. During this time, he was responsible for the design of the northern breakwater of the Maasvlakte II project in Rotterdam and later manager of the engineering department in Dubai serving many projects in the region. He was also stationed as engineering manager in Kuwait for the KNPC project. From 2013-2022 Pieter was design and engineering manager for Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC) responsible for the dredging and reclamation contract. He currently works for the protection and rehabilitation of the Romanian coast contract and is chairman of the Environmental Committee of EuDa.

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The Fehmarnbelt tunnel trench dredging project

A fixed and direct transport connection between Scandinavia and Central Europe has been an enduring vision for many decades. This vision is about to be realised with the construction of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, an 18-kilometre-long immersed tunnel between Rødbyhavn in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany. When it opens in 2029, the tunnel will be the longest immersed tunnel in the world combining a dual railway and motorway connection. This article provides insight into the improved dredging equipment used and the methodology specially adapted and further developed to the project’s requirements.

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