New island for shoaly northern waters
There are plans to create a 1,500-hectare (3707-acre) island in the shoaly waters off the Netherlands’ northern coast. It will block sea currents that now silt up the Eems River estuary, saving €18 million a year in dredging charges. The artificial island will host a shipping terminal, beaches and wetlands. It will secure a deep channel for the Eems River into Germany. Construction costs are estimated at €1 billion, to be shared by the Dutch and German governments and private sectors.
The new island will also improve prospects for the Dutch port of Eemshaven. It wants to grow as gas and coal transit port but ships carrying that cargo can now only enter at high tide.
The island will also host a maritime traffic center for the Waddenzee _ the shallow waters off the northern Dutch coast large parts of which fall dry at low tide. It will also be used to generate wind power.