Tuesday , 16 July 2019
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Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded Boskalis Westminster the contract to remove 450,000 cubic metres of material at Marchwood to widen and deepen a critical part of the access channel to the container terminal operated by DP World Southampton, thus improving accessibility and manoeuvrability for vessels.

ABP awards Southampton dredging contract

The contract follows the consents to undertake the works by the Marine Management Organisation last December; work has already started with the back-hoe dredger Manu Pekka deployed on site. The vessel, with its eight cubic metre bucket, can dredge to a depth of 18.5 m.

“While this type of project is relatively straightforward, it involves a significant amount of equipment, which we have been able to move to Southampton at short notice,” said Paul Datson, head of capital and coastal business sector at Boskalis Westminster.

“The channel widening at Marchwood is the latest part of ABP’s planned investment to further improve the port’s ability to receive the largest container vessels,” commented Dave Herrod, ABP engineering project manager.

The work is expected to be completed in March.