Denmark's fifth largest fishing port, the Port of Hvide Sande, is locally owned and has for decades been a key driver for bringing business and goods into the community. In order to meet their ambitious goal of becoming the entire mid-Jutland and west-Jutland’s preferred commercial port by 2020, changes to the harbour inlet were required. This included increasing the water depth to 7 m and dredging approximately 600,000 m³ of sand from the beach north of the harbour.
The Danish Hydraulic Institute defined the overall layout of the breakwaters and COWI was retained to design and supervise the construction of a new 700 m long southern breakwater and a 60 m extension to the northern breakwater. This causes large amounts of sediment to pass the port entrance instead of settling in the inlet.