Aberdeen Harbour Board has awarded global maritime contractor Van Oord two new contracts with a total value of £20 million for rock removal and revetment work at the South Harbour expansion site.
Part of the project will be carried out using the world’s largest backhoe dredger, the Goliath.
Harbour board chief executive Michelle Handforth said: “We are pleased to announce the award of these contracts to Van Oord, which has been heavily involved in the South Harbour expansion project for several years.
“As the most ambitious development for driving future trade and the largest marine infrastructure project under way in the UK, our harbour expansion will ensure Aberdeen is a major hub for the maritime and energy economies of Scotland and the UK. Aberdeen Harbour will open significant opportunities for the region, in both new and existing international markets.
“Work on site has made considerable progress despite the challenges faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 70% of construction work completed.
“It is an amazing sight to see one of the world’s largest dredgers working on our project.”
Van Oord project manager Joost van Duinen added: “The expansion of Aberdeen Harbour is a significant project for Scotland, and we are proud to continue our involvement, having been part of the project since 2017. We look forward to working towards the completion of the expansion, utilising our world-class equipment, international experience and marine ingenuity.”