Wil Borst earned a MSc, Civil Eng, at Delft University of Technology in 1974) and began his career with De Weger International, followed by Svasek BV. He is a consultant on many projects related to port structures, graven dry docks, cooling water intake structures, offshore supply base and coastal protection and dredging works in the Netherlands and abroad. Based in Indonesia in the mid-1980s, in 1987 he took over Netherlands Dredging Consultants. From 1991-2002 he was a part-time lecturer at the Groningen State Polytechnic for project management and dredging. He is a founding member and partner of Blue Pelican Associates (2006). In 2005 he was engaged by the Maasvlakte 2 organisation to assist in drafting the EIA and is now responsible for monitoring the possible effects on the marine environment.
Articles By Wil Borst
Amongst all the studies done at the MV2 Port of Rotterdam expansion, none was more exciting than the discovery of the Middle Stone Age civilisation that flourished on the Maas-Rhine delta 9,000 years ago.
TNO’s acoustic surveys of dredgers during all phases of the dredging cycle showed that permanent hearing threshold shift was not exceeded in any cases studied or in any species in question.
Given the inter-dependence of the underwater food chain from benthic fauna and algae to shells, worms, fish and birds, a new modelling strategy was instituted to evaluate the effects of enhanced silt concentrations during dredging.
Compliance for permitting was not enough for the monitoring team at the Port of Rotterdam. When they discovered gaps in scientific knowledge, they initiated more research.
Private dredging companies and government have joined forces to develop environmentally sound techniques for dredging thin layers in the highly contaminated Lake Ketelmeer, The Netherlands.