Prins Hendrikdijk op Texel krijgt zandige versterking


The Prins Hendrikdike at Texel, the dikepart between the NIOZ and Oudeschild, no longer meets the legal safety requirements. The dike will be reinforced in a unique way with sand. Starting October, Jan de Nul NV has been awarded the contract by Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier to install a safety dike along the existing dike. Deep has been invited to conduct the so-called T0, Tx and MJO-I surveys before, during and after the activities. Subsequently Deep will conduct the UXO (research on unexploded ordnances) surveys for this project.


Location overview Prins Hendriksanddike


Natural reinforcement

“The reinforcement of the Prins Hendriksanddike is the result of a flood defense control in 2006, where all dikes at the Wadden Sea side of Texel have been rejected”, tells Jan Fordeyn, Technical Manager at Jan de Nul NV.


As reinforcement, a varied sandy area with dynamic character will be situated before the current Prins Hendrikdike, fitting to the Wadden region. This ‘natural’ way of reinforcement ensures that the flood defense is brought to the required strenght and tthat no agricultural land or buildings are lost. This creates 200 hectares of new nature in the Wadden area.


“On this moment the dikes are increased and strenghtenend, which was initiality also the intention for the Prins Hendrikdike, until the municipality and various interest groups on Texel came up with the idea for the sandy variant.”


Aanleggen Prins Hendrik Zanddijk, afbeelding: Jan de Nul


Sandwin areas


“The sand that is being used for the construction is extracted in two areas in the North Sea, In het area near Den Helder, grains are extracted with which is the largest part of the dike is realized. For the outer layer – that is being exposed to waves and currents – a larger grain is used. At these sandwin areas Deep carries out a survey and an UXO (unexploded ordnance) survey.

Overview map of one of the sand extraction areas, near Texel


To measure water depths with full coverage, and to map the seabed, Deep used an R2Sonic Multibeam system. The shallow parts were surveyed with a Single beam system. Subsequently, the seabed was detected for magnetic anomalies. This is realized with multi-magnetic sensors on a Remotely Operated Towed Vehicle (ROTV). The multi-array magnetometer set-up consisted of 6 x geometrics G882 cesium vapor marine magnetometers. In addition, high resolution side scan sonar images were created. The detection is designed for tracking down 20 kg of ferrous mass up to a depth of 2 meters in the seabed and tracking down 50 kg of ferrous mass to a depth of 4 meters in the seabed.


Survey boat “DEEP VOLANS” equipped with  6 X Magnetometers on a ROTV


Realization Prins Hendriksanddike


The suction hopper Bartolomeu Dias will apply the sand in the second half of 2018, after which Jan de Nul will start with the landscaping of the surroundings. During the realization of the Prins Hendriksanddike, Deep carries out seven Tx measurements, consisting of a multibeam survey of the sand extraction area supported by a UAV survey of the project area. The UAV survey is carried out by Terra Drone Europe, using an unmanned aircraft to create a height model.


 Sand supplementation Prins Hendrikdike, image  Jan de Nul


Height model made by Terra Drone Europe on a dike at Wolferen


In October 2019 the Prins Hendrikzanddijk must be realized. More information about the project can be found here Follow the project on Instagram


Future Prins Hendriksanddike, image Jan de Nul

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ROTV, UXO surveys