Case studies

Hoboken, Antwerp, Belgium

Customer: Waterwegen en Zeekanaal nv
Period: 2010

Project Detail

The yacht club at Hoboken is located on the right bank of the River Scheldt, close to Antwerp. In spite of being many miles inland, the river is tidal at this point and at times of very high water and tidal surge from the North Sea, the industrial areas in the immediate hinterland are at risk of flood.

The many dykes protecting the region had to be cut in order to allow access points and slipways into the river which meant that these potential points of ingress needed to be protected.

This was a challenging project, since case metal tracks were embedded on the slipways leading down to the river which meant that any flood protection system had to work with these crossed directly over the path of the barrier protection.

Solution

Solution was to cut out sections of slipway rail and secure them to the top of the barriers so that the function of the slipway was not impaired. Two barriers, set approximately 200 metres apart and each 8 m x 1,5 m high installed.