Winter dredging is well underway now with the new look split hopper barges Nab and Needles both back hard at work in the Solent area. Working together with our 30m x 9m backhoe dredger ‘Doreen Dorward’ and her onboard 50t long reach excavator, they enable dredging to continue around the clock to support marinas on the South Coast. They will be kept busy until Easter 2022 dredging Marinas!
Both 300m³ capacity, self-propelled hopper barges have undergone a major refit to ensure they are more capable than ever of performing above and beyond our customer’s expectations and a relentless work schedule. Both vessels have a new 100KW bow thruster, new larger 200Kva generator, a complete rewire, new wheelhouse, with improved 360 degree visibility, and better accommodation with a drying room and aircon for crew comfort. Also a complete rebuild of the main thruster and a new engine canopy. The refit work was completed with a dry docking and a freshly cleaned hull bottom for both.
Marinas around the UK are subject to ongoing siltation and require regular dredging to maintain water depths to ensure boats don’t run aground on their approach to the marina and are able to berth and manoeuvre safely once they have entered it. Safe depths themselves vary depending on marina size and vessel access requirements . As one Jenkins Marine customer puts it:
Key to providing a second to none marina experience is the provision of excellent infrastructure, and 24hr access to our marinas. Dredging is the core activity that allows MDL to maintain all tides access.
If you have a requirement for marine operations in shallow or near shore projects, please feel free to get in touch to see where we can help.