Herbosch-Kiere and Hecker Bau sign contract to reinforce port breakwaters at Klaipėda, Lithuania

A joint venture of Herbosch-Kiere and German company Hecker Bau received in early September the final contract to repair and reinforce two breakwaters in the Lithuanian port of Klaipéda. The port of Klaipéda has earmarked over 40 million euros for this project. Work will start in March 2021 and will last approximately two years. This is the first assignment in Lithuania for both companies.

The breakwaters, together over two kilometres in length, were built between 1834 and 1861 and are in urgent need of renovation.
The renovation work consists mainly of removing old riprap in a coordinated way and then installing a new layer of rock armour of different gradings. In all, more than 400,000 tons of rock will be placed. 25-ton tetrapods and concrete blocks weighing up to 40 tons from the existing breakwaters will be reused in the new design. A new steel combiwall of sheet piles and tubular piles will also be installed, with underwater anchoring. The concrete top layer of the breakwaters will also be overhauled and associated dredging works carried out.

Klaipéda Sea Port in Lithuania plans to invest no less than 352 million euros in port infrastructure and dredging activities between 2020 and 2023, with the aim of making the port safer and more competitive. The port also wants to be accessible to larger ships in the future.

Benny De Sutter, CEO Herbosch-Kiere: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the repair of the Klaipéda breakwaters and to be able to work together with Hecker Bau.
It is our Flemish expertise in hydraulic engineering and the fact of using our own equipment and ships that won us this contract.”

Christoph Wellendorf, CEO Hecker Bau: “We are convinced to be an ideal partner for Herbosch-Kiere as our marine business is based on a long successful track record. Our own fleet, skilled staff and experienced engineers will be a key factor of success. Together with Herbosch Kiere we extend now our activities in the Baltic Region and looking forward to further benefit of our established partnership.”

About Herbosch-Kiere
For over 100 years, Herbosch Kiere is specialised in port, river and marine works. The workshop located in the Port of Antwerp is the ideal base to carry out works across the world. Herbosch-Kiere permanently invests in specific equipment such as ships, jack-up platforms and both floating and non-floating equipment.
Furthermore, the excellent professional competence, dynamism and creativity of its staff ensures that Herbosch-Kiere can handle complex and prestigious challenges. Over the years, Herbosch-Kiere has expanded its activities with the execution of environmental works, the construction and operation of landfills and soil remediation works.

About Hecker Bau
For over 150 years the core competence lies in port construction and sophisticated solutions in the coastal are: locks, container terminals, infrastructure projects, offshore structures, piers & jetties, bridges, ports and foundations. With its many years of experience in technical and commercial project planning, Hecker Bau has been successfully carrying out port construction projects and various foundation work for many decades. Since 2012 Hecker Bau is part of the Depenbrock Group.
Strength of a long tradition. Our story is important to us and we continue to develop in the best Hanseatic tradition by supporting our clients with innovative solutions. Using our own personnel and equipment, we are able to meet the challenges of national and international projects. Our employees have a common goal: Creating the best technical and economic solutions for our customers.