Work on the construction of a new breakwater structure at the mouth of Cowes Harbour, which will transform the port into a true sheltered harbourage, is moving forward.
Cowes Harbour Commission’s appointed contractors Boskalis Westminster to design and construct the breakwaters. The company has completed the installation of an initial 1.5 m layer of sand and gravel along the breakwater footprint (350m x 50m) and inserted a total of 11,000 wick drains to draw out water, thereby improving the ground bearing capacity of the seabed.
By this September, and during a nine month period over the autumn and winter to allow for settlement of the gravel core, the breakwater will resemble a gravel spit and will only begin to take its final finished appearance during the 2015 works.
Dredging Today Staff, August 6, 2014