Dredging & Land Reclamation

The layout design of a land reclamation scheme is a combination of reclamation works, sand compaction and coastal protection of the reclaimed land. With growing economies and increasingly congested cities, land reclamation schemes provide high-value development areas at preferred locations. Land reclamation schemes are designed to withstand the largest storms and minimize flood risk for the reclamation area and the city behind it.

Port cities and coastal areas are increasing centres of economic activity that act as engines for national prosperity. Both in developed countries and economically emerging nations these areas are magnets for job seeking people. The enormous spatial challenge of accommodating everyone in terms of housing, employment, education, recreation and transport can be solved by reclaiming new land.
CDR knows how former sea has been transformed into land by creating polders or filling the land like the most recent extension of the Port of Rotterdam.


CDR approaches land reclamation schemes in such a way that impact on the maritime environment is minimised, while proving new space to live, work and leisure. Land reclamation schemes are complex due to the social, economic, environmental, but moreover spatial impacts – shaping the coastline comes with responsibilities. We take on the responsibilities by:

  • Setting up a broadly accepted and integrated design
  • Using highly accurate metocean and hydrodynamic modelling studies to quantify and minimize negative impacts
  • Involvement of stakeholders in the most early stage of the project

Dredging & Land Reclamation Projects

Nigeria – Viju Industries – Lekki Ogombo Reclamation and Urban Development

Nigeria – DEME – Tender Design Shore Protection Ilubirin Island Phase I+II

Nigeria – DEME/Dredging International – Elegushi Beach Reclamation

Nigeria – EWB – Eko Water Buses Project Lagos

Nigeria – NNPC – Project Management and Technical Support Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP)