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Work starts on dredging at port

By Keith Hamilton

12:40pm Wednesday 30th January 2013

Port dredging work

Work is underway on widening and deepening a critical part of the access channel to the container terminal in the port of Southampton.

This is a key element in the £150m development at the city’s container terminal by Associated British Ports to ensure the port is able to continue handling the largest vessels afloat.

Following last month’s announcement that the Marine Management Organisation had issued the necessary consents to un-dertake the work the dredging contract was awarded to Boskalis Westminster.

The removal of 450,000 cubic metres of material at Marchwood will widen the navigation channel by 30m, improving accessibility and manoeuvrability for container vessels.

The importance of the work for the port was underlined by the speed in which Boskalis Westminster was able to reposition its dredger Manu Pekka so work could start immediately. Manu Pekka is a back-hoe dredger fitted with an eight cubic metre bucket which can dredge to a depth of 18.5m.

Four barges were also mobilised from as far away as Malmo in Sweden to Southampton to begin the task of ferrying the material to the licensed disposal site off the Isle of Wight.

Paul Datson, Boskalis Westminster’s head of capital and coastal business sector, said: “We are glad to be working back in Southamp-ton for ABP and very pleas-ed to be associated with a relatively small but important part of the development. While this type of project is straightforward it involves a significant amount of equipment, which we have been able to move to Southampton at short notice.”

The work is expected to be completed by March.

Comments(11)

Comments(11)

southy says...
12:57pm Wed 30 Jan 13

I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant

Stephen J says...
4:21pm Wed 30 Jan 13

southy wrote:
I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant
Why? The pipeline between Millbrook and Slowhill Copse is well documented.

saintsteves says...
4:23pm Wed 30 Jan 13

southy wrote:
I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant
Any chance you can also see this weeks Euro millions numbers ??

freefinker says...
5:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

southy wrote:
I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant
.. better watch out for land slips then - could be anywhere on either side of Southampton Water if you reasoning from a while back is to be believed.

OSPREYSAINT says...
6:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

They will be fracking next!

The Wickham Man says...
9:11pm Wed 30 Jan 13

It doesn't occur to Dopey that DPW know all about this stuff - they employ marine engineers and project managers who know far more about what to do and what to avoid than an unemployed knot Tieer from Redbridge.
Even the council know what pipes are under the road before they dig it up for gods sake

IronLady2010 says...
9:18pm Wed 30 Jan 13

The Wickham Man wrote:
It doesn't occur to Dopey that DPW know all about this stuff - they employ marine engineers and project managers who know far more about what to do and what to avoid than an unemployed knot Tieer from Redbridge.
Even the council know what pipes are under the road before they dig it up for gods sake
I think he just wanted to advise us all that he knows there are sewage pipes in the area to make himself feel better.

Uncle Peter is the knowledge of everything, who needs wikipedia when we have our very own Southy eh?

southy says...
12:54pm Thu 31 Jan 13

IronLady2010 wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
It doesn't occur to Dopey that DPW know all about this stuff - they employ marine engineers and project managers who know far more about what to do and what to avoid than an unemployed knot Tieer from Redbridge.
Even the council know what pipes are under the road before they dig it up for gods sake
I think he just wanted to advise us all that he knows there are sewage pipes in the area to make himself feel better.

Uncle Peter is the knowledge of everything, who needs wikipedia when we have our very own Southy eh?
They knew about the pipes in the last real big dreadge in the 90's, but they still manage to break them, And had to be replace at Tax payers expense

southy says...
2:02pm Thu 31 Jan 13

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant
.. better watch out for land slips then - could be anywhere on either side of Southampton Water if you reasoning from a while back is to be believed.
Have you ever walk along that side of the river, the Beach is all ready very steep, its about a 1 in 1 drop, and more wider and that beach is going to get alot steeper and with that will be more presure for the valley sides to slip

stay local says...
2:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant
.. better watch out for land slips then - could be anywhere on either side of Southampton Water if you reasoning from a while back is to be believed.
Have you ever walk along that side of the river, the Beach is all ready very steep, its about a 1 in 1 drop, and more wider and that beach is going to get alot steeper and with that will be more presure for the valley sides to slip
Are you sure it is not the wobble of the earth?

freefinker says...
3:37pm Thu 31 Jan 13

stay local wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
I can see ABPj getting fined for damage to sewage pipes, that run from Millbrook plant to Marchwood Plant
.. better watch out for land slips then - could be anywhere on either side of Southampton Water if you reasoning from a while back is to be believed.
Have you ever walk along that side of the river, the Beach is all ready very steep, its about a 1 in 1 drop, and more wider and that beach is going to get alot steeper and with that will be more presure for the valley sides to slip
Are you sure it is not the wobble of the earth?
.. or the moon - a known cause of earthquakes, so southy maintains.

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