UK: Cornwall’s Euro MP Calls for “Common Sense” Solution for Falmouth

Since marine conservationists and developers who want to dig a deep-water channel for cruise liners have been unable to reach a mutually beneficial agreement, Cornwall’s Euro MP insists on finding a sound solution.

A potential damage to underwater algae, which acts as a nursery for fish, has postponed the dredging of Falmouth harbor. Chancellor George Osborne clearly stated that environmental directives can generate needless costs and interrupt development. Mr. Osborne explained that due to a new trial to relocate the maerl beds, areas of algae within a special area of conservation (SAC), the dredging and a £100 million dock overhaul could be performed within two years.

South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson said that there is no intention to destroy the natural habitat but it is necessary to find a way in situations where there is a great possibility for boosting the local economy. He also added that nothing so far has clearly indicated that the dredging works could cause any harm.

The Marine Management Organization (MMO), which has opposed calls for dredging due to possible consequences, has agreed on a scientific trial to displace the maerl beds.

Dredging Today Staff, December 6, 2011;

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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