The construction of New West Port in Kalundborg, Denmark, has begun
Wednesday, the first stone in the construction of New West Port in Kalundborg was thrown over the railing and into Kalundborg Fjord right at the place where Kalundborg’s brand new port area will be completed in a couple of years.
The gold-plated stone was thrown over the railing by mayor Martin Damm in partnership with port director Bent Rasmussen and chairman of the port of Kalundborg, Jakob Beck Jensen. The three gentlemen threw the stone from the Samsø Ferry to mark the beginning of the construction of New West Port.
“It is a big day for Kalundborg and I am feeling very positive about the expansion of the port. This will create new jobs, a stronger business cluster and increased settlements for the benefit of the entire municipality,” says Martin Damm, the mayor of Kalundborg.
New West Port will initially count 330,000 square metres, which will contain, among other things, a container terminal and a 500-meter quay and will have a water depth of 15 metres. The facilities will include favourable conditions for port users and cruise lines, which is why the Port of Kalundborg considers the port expansion as an investment in the future.
“We have now placed the first stone in the necessary foundation for the port and the surrounding business cluster which will actively contribute to business development, employment in the area and the cruise development. If Kalundborg is to be attractive for port-using businesses and the larger cruise ships of the future we need the new space,” says Jakob Beck Jensen, chairman of the Port of Kalundborg.
With a large number of approvals from relevant authorities and environmental agencies, the construction of New West Port has officially begun. The construction of the new port area is divided into two contracts, one being the land- based construction while the other covers the dredging at sea. The Port of Kalundborg has chosen NCC Industry A/S (Hercules Fundering) and Wasa Dredging Ltd. Both contracts were signed before the sod-turning ceremony.
“Ten years of planning has gone into New West Port and now the construction has finally begun,” says Bent Rasmussen, director of Kalundborg Port.
The Port of Kalundborg expects the port expansion to be completed in February 2019.
Facts about New West Port
• New West Port is placed on the southern side of Kalundborg Fjord.
• The total area comprises 330,000 square meters.
• New West Port is established on 200,000 square meters of land. The other 130,000 square metres will be dammed sea area.
• A 500 metres long quay will be established.
• The water depth will be 15 metres making the Port of Kalundborg the only port on Zealand to oﬀer deep water at the quay immediately next to the T-route, which is the deep water route connecting the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
Photo: Wednesday, the gold-plated stone was thrown over the railing by mayor Martin Damm in partnership with port director Bent Rasmussen and chairman Jakob Beck Jensen from Kalundborg Port.
Photo by: Ole Agerbæk.