St Helier Harbor Dredging Project Almost Finished

A three-week dredging work program in St Helier Harbor, Jersey, Channel Islands, is about to come to an end.

It has been 14 years since the last dredging program took place in the area and it is estimated that over a period of a year approximately 5000m³ of silt accumulates on the seabed.

The work is being carried out by the dredging vessel MV Margrethe Fighter, focusing on areas at the northern end of St Helier Harbor, the entrance to La Collette Yacht Basin as well as around the fishermen’s mooring area in the Basin.

The dredged material is being deposited in an area known as foul ground, approximately 4 miles south of the harbor, under a FEPA licence issued by the States of Jersey Environment Department.

This licence requires that depositing the sediment can only be undertaken between one hour after high water and one hour before low water to ensure that it is allowed to settle on the seabed while the tide is running to the west and away from the Island’s south east corner RAMSAR site.

MV Margrethe Fighter started the dredging operations on Monday, April 11th 2016.

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