Cowes Breakwater Project Begins Next Month (UK)

Construction of the new detached breakwater for Cowes is set to commence in early May. The initial construction phase will be completed this autumn, at which point the gravel core will be visible approximately 5 metres clear of Low Water spring tides.

Following a settlement period, Boskalis Westminster will return in spring 2015 to level up the core and complete the project.

The first stage this year involves the installation of an initial 1.5m layer of sand and gravel using a small trailer dredger, discharging via a floating pipeline to a sprayer barge anchored west/east along the line of the breakwater.

Once the initial layer is sufficiently progressed, the second stage will see the installation of a series of wick drains using a stitcher sited on a large barge. Once the drain installation has been finalised, a geotextile membrane will be laid on top of the sand and gravel layer.

The next stage involves the installation of the gravel pre-load up to approximately 5.0m above chart datum. When the crest levels reach around Mean High Water, gravel will be sprayed against the slopes of the breakwater. Excavators will be utilised to shape the breakwater and retrieve gravel outside of the intended profile.

A nine month consolidation process will then follow over the autumn and winter of 2014-2015, to allow for settlement of the gravel core.

It must be emphasised that the breakwater will resemble a gravel spit during the winter of 2014/15 and will only begin to take its final finished appearance during the 2015 works.


Boskalis Westminster Wins Cowes Breakwater Contract

Press Release, April 1, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( 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.

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