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.