Dredging commences at Liverpool2
Dutch marine engineering specialist Van Oord has begun the dredging of the River Mersey estuary, bringing Peel Ports Group’s vision of a £300 million (US$514 million) deep-water container terminal a step closer.
The dredging work consists of deepening the 27km2 approach channel from 6.9m BCD (below chart datum) to 8m BCD.
This will create an anticipated five million cubic meters of dredged material referred to as ‘arisings’.
However, the arisings will be reused in the ‘up-filling’ of the intertidal zone within the Seaforth triangle which forms the new Liverpool2 deepwater container terminal.
The remaining dredged material will be used in an environmentally responsible manner by being re-deposited into nature and at licensed disposal sites.
Family-owned Dutch firm Van Oord secured the dredging contract in March 2014 and aims to complete the project by late 2015.
Doug Coleman, project director at Liverpool2, stated that on completion “Liverpool2 will be able to accommodate most of the world’s current fleet of container vessel types and will offer shipping lines a unique opportunity to connect directly to the heart of the UK.”