Unexploded WWII Shell Found in Portsmouth Harbor

An unexploded German World War II 500 kg bomb was found on the seabed in Portsmouth Harbor yesterday.

The device was located by a barge carrying out dredging works ahead of the arrival of the Navy’s new 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, next spring.

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have towed the device into open waters 1.5 miles east of the Isle of Wight to dispose of the device in a controlled explosion.

The controlled explosion is likely to be carried out today, according to the Royal Navy.

The shell was found by Boskalis Westminster, which has been contracted by the Defense Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to carry out the £31 million dredging program.

This project, in the Portsmouth Naval Base, includes capital dredging of the approaches, harbor entrance, turning basin and berth pocket.

The works are being undertaken using a combination of backhoe dredgers, trailing suction hopper dredgers and crane barges from the Boskalis fleet.

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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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