Dredging in Monaco: Challenges and Solutions
CEDA Dredging Days 2019
C. Kapela and T. Van Slambrouck
Abstract: Monaco is the world's most densely populated state. The Principality regularly comes up with development projects in order to expand its territory. The last one initiated in 2017 consists of the reclamation of 14 acres from the sea, which includes dredging, rock installation, land reclamation and environmental remediation works for a new eco-friendly residential area. In order to prepare the seabed for the installation of a rock berm and concrete caisson belt, both polluted and non-polluted soils had to be dredged in a sensitive context and a rigorous planning. This paper discusses the variety of challenges - environmental, geological, technological and geographical - that make this project unique and demonstrates how the dredging works have been adapted to fulfill the requirements. Despite the site constraints, this project has shown that dredging successfully within a very small area and with strict environmental conditions is definitely possible with significantly reduced effects on the environment.
Keywords: Dredging, environment, sediments, Monaco, adaptations