Redeveloping the Bijela Shipyard, Montenegro

Recently, the consortium of Damen and Adriatic Marinas signed a concession agreement with the Government of Montenegro (the GoM). An important step in redeveloping the shipyard in Bijela, Montenegro. Tauw assisted in achieving this milestone.

The Bijela shipyard in the Bay of Kotor is being privatized. For several years, Damen and Adriatic Marinas have been an important acquisitor. An important condition for them in investing in the shipyard, is that there is mutual clarity and agreement concerning liabilities that arise out of possible environmental contamination.

Removal of soil contamination

The Government of Montenegro (GoM) obtained a World Bank loan to remediate a considerable part of the Bijela Shipyard prior to completing the privatization process. During this so called ‘first stage’, the remedial works focus on the removal of a particular soil contamination and on the removal of thousands of tons of blasting grit waste that is stored in large piles. These works just commenced and are executed by Valgo As (France).

Prior to the first stage of site remediation, Tauw was commissioned by the GoM to prepare the technical documentation, including plans and designs, technical specifications, drawings, and a bill of quantities.

Damen and Adriatic Marinas intend to redevelop the shipyard for commercial servicing and/or construction of yachts. However, the environmental status of the remainder of the shipyard (‘second stage’) was insufficiently clear. In the context of the concession transfer from GoM to Damen and Adriatic Marinas, the environmental status of that part of the site had to be established.

Site remediation

For the second stage of site remediation, Damen commissioned Tauw, on behalf of the Government of Montenegro, to assess the environmental quality of soil and groundwater for the remaining parts of the site.

In this assignment, Tauw operated as the main contractor and technical advisor; i.e. performing project management, coordination and supervision of the investigations on site, and data management, interpretation and reporting. Specific tasks were subcontracted:

  1. Mapping of the seabed area was executed by Medusa Explorations BV
  2. Drilling and sampling (including installation of monitoring wells) was executed by Geotehnika Montenegro
  3. CETI Montenegro was responsible for analyzing all samples

The work of Tauw and our partners directly helped in obtaining a ‘green light’ for the concession agreement.

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