About Marine ingenuity

As a global maritime contractor, Van Oord focuses on dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Marine ingenuity is Van Oord’s signature and the foundation of our success. It is the spark that lights the spirit of our professionals.

The Rich North Sea

Looking for a 

sustainable blueprint

The Rich North Sea is a unique pilot project that is investigating how to enhance natural underwater features by introducing oysters. The project will contribute to a blueprint for underwater nature restoration at all offshore wind farms. 

The Rich North Sea

Looking for a 

sustainable blueprint

The Rich North Sea is a unique pilot project that is investigating how to enhance natural underwater features by introducing oysters. The project will contribute to a blueprint for underwater nature restoration at all offshore wind farms. 

The first results

In July 2019, the first results of the monitoring expedition indicated that the current oyster cage design is not fit for the prevailing conditions at the Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm test site.

Several cages had become partly buried in sand, causing the death of oysters. The survival of oysters in cages not buried by sand was about 80%. Both the surviving and deceased oysters showed signs of growth, indicating that under more favourable design conditions, oysters can survive and grow well in offshore windfarms. In addition, larvae were found in the oysters and in the water, which shows that the oysters reproduced.

The Rich North Sea