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Remove 'Melkmeisjes' in Terneuzen

Remove 'Melkmeisjes'in Terneuzen

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Terneuzen, Netherlands Demolition

Remove 'Melkmeisjes' in Terneuzen

The work includes removing the 'Milkmaids' from a site near Terneuzen. These are two very large columns of more than 60 meters high that were part of the Styrene plastics factory.

In preparation, the adjacent coolers were removed with demolition excavators. And the four arms, pipework of approximately Ø2.2m and a weight of 43 tons each, were also removed during the preparation. The heads of the columns were then cut loose and lifted down. The packages placed in the column were placed in bins and these were then emptied downstairs.

Rings were cut from the casing of the column using cutting flames. These rings were lifted off and mechanically scrapped downstairs. The columns were completely dismantled in parts by alternately removing packages and hoisting off the rings.

3,368.7 tons of metals were removed and recycled. The preparatory work was carried out with an average of 5 specialists, a 700T and a 250T hydraulic crane. The column was further completed with a 180T crawler crane and aerial work platforms.

After thorough preparation, the two 'landmarks' for the Zeeland landscape were checked, removed and recycled without incident and within the set schedule.


  • 5 specialists
  • 180T crawler crane
  • 250T hydraulic crane
  • 700T hydraulic crane
  • various aerial platforms
3.368 tons of scrap
60 meter high columns
3.368 tons of scrap
60 meter high columns


The Quality and Health, Safety and the Environment policy is an ongoing process. That is why DDM is continuously working on improving all these areas to keep improving safety levels.

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DDM was rewarded with a World Demolition Award in the Civils category.

Removing 5 arch bridges over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal was an intensive job. The schedule was tight and the expectations of all employees were high. But with a joint effort and incredible passion, DDM has successfully removed and recycled the 5 bridges within schedule.


Every year DDM holds a number of safety days to boost safety awareness.

Last year's objectives are evaluated and new objectives are determined. All managers and all operational employees discuss safety, policy and vision together. In addition to all regular training courses, DDM offers workshops and training to all employees during these days to take the qualities of the professionals to an even higher level. Together with all DDM employees, we are working on an increasingly higher safety ethic. Everyone at DDM carries out their work in a safe and healthy manner, with sufficient attention to the environment. And they're getting better at it. This applies to everyone; back to work healthy and safe and back home healthy.


Dow has awarded DDM a certificate for Outstanding Safety Performance.

Following various demolition and disassembly projects that DDM carries out worldwide for Dow Chemical Company, DDM has received recognition for its excellent safety performance during implementation. DDM always continues to strive for a higher level of safety. Safety First! Read below a quote from the letter that DDM received from Dow. “In summary, DDM continues to deliver excellent performance in safely planning and executing all work related to Dow demolition projects. We truly believe that your company's exceptional efforts continue to be a reflection of the leadership and support of you and the entire DDM Management team. "

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