This £30m project involved the deepening of sections of the 40km channel linking the Port of Southampton to the English Channel. Working on behalf of ABP Southampton, this was the first phase of the project which requires the entire Southampton Approach Channel to be dredged in order to improve the safety of navigation to the port. Running from January 2014 this project was completed in October 2014.

A total volume of approximately 3 million m3 nett and up to 5 million m3 gross of hard clay, sand and gravel was removed along the route, from the Nab Channel to the east of the Isle of Wight, through the central Solent and extending as far as the container terminal in the Test Estuary. Waste material was taken to a licensed deposit ground, in the English Channel south east of the Isle of Wight.

Trailing suction hopper dredger sisters, Cornelis Zanen and Barent Zanen worked on the project alongside the Willem van Oranje, Causeway, Shoalway and others. We also adopted ploughing with smaller vessels from the Boskalis fleet such as the SMIT Buffalo.

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