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Spiere - Spiere Canal

During Spring 2011 a maintenance contract was carried out for client SPW (Département des Voies Hydrauliques) on the Spiere Canal, starting at the French-Belgian border up to the upper reaches of the River Scheldt.
Along a distance of 8 km a total quantity of 45.000m³ of polluted silt has been dredged and transported to the Upper Scheldt in small barges.  From there on, the silt was reloaded into bigger barges.

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From there on the dredged material was transported another 25km upstream to an SPW-owned lagoon.  Unloaded by a long-reach digger the silt was ultimately hauled with water-thight dumptrucks into the lagoon.
After consolidation the silt was then finally disposed of by means of barges in yet another depot.

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After having carried out dredging works on the upper reached of the Spiere Canal (Canal de Roubaix) and the River Marque on French territory for our client VNF (Voies Navigables de France) the Upper Scheldt is yet again - after 30 years - connected with the River Deûle.
On June 2nd 2011 the fully restored canal was inaugurated in the presence of a great number of dignitaries from both France and Belgium by allowing the first pleasure crafts to sail yet again along this historical part of our heritage.

 
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