Susanne Damsgaard Nicolaisen, Contract Coordination Manager, Dredging and Reclamation
Collaboration is the key
Some 19 million cubic metres of soil has to be dredged from the seabed in order to create a precise trench in which the tunnel can be immersed. Collaboration with the different contractors and consultants – and, of course, with colleagues at Femern A/S – has, therefore, to be second to none.
The team spirit and co-operation that have evolved in the organisation are, in my view, unique. We are working together on a huge, international project and embarking on extremely exciting construction activities using some of the world’s largest dredging machines at sea. This automatically creates a very special sense of community.
Many people, including myself, already have experience from large infrastructure projects, e.g. the Øresund Bridge. This gives an understanding of the importance of co-operation and a framework of experience that is difficult to match. You can’t do anything of this magnitude alone – and everyone here knows that. This is all part of being a ”tunnel visionary” - we’re a strong team with a shared objective.
In my team, we are - in layman’s terms – responsible for dredging a trench on the seabed into which the tunnel will be immersed. It’s crucial for the rest of the construction that this 10-16 metre deep trench, which will extend almost 18 km across the Fehmarnbelt, is made with the greatest possible precision. Achieving our objective requires strict management of the construction work and exceptionally good co-operation with the contractors who are handling the dredging work.
It will be an enormous building site at sea where 19 million cubic metres of soil – enough to build seven pyramids – will be dredged from the seabed at a depth of 45 metres at the deepest point. The soil has to be transported away and then deposited along the Lolland coastline where we’re creating an entirely new land area with 5 km coastal protection and 1.5 km of breakwater in front of the work harbour. Some 1.3 tonnes stone will be used, the largest of which weighs 3-6 tonnes. Lolland will therefore increase by more than 3 sq. km, which will be made into a new area of natural beauty.
The team spirit and co-operation that have evolved in the organisation are, in my view, unique