Widening and deepening of Southampton’s approach will improve marine access for increasing vessel sizes
Royal Boskalis Westminster NV (Boskalis) has been awarded a €35 million contract to carryout extensive dredging works at the approach channel leading to the UK’s Port of Southampton.
The project, assigned to the Dutch dredger by Associated British Ports (ABP), will include the removal of approximately three million cubic metres of hard clay, sand and clay from Southampton’s 40-kilometre approach over a twelve-month period.
The widening and deepening of Southampton’s navigational channel is seen as vital for Southampton if it wants to remain competitive by improving its capability of receiving the largest vessels in the world.
Boskalis, whom expect to start the project shortly, will deploy medium sized trailing suction hopper dredgers and backhoe dredgers to execute the project.
Customised working methods and continuous monitoring will be applied in order to meet the project’s stringent environmental requirements.