WWII German Bomb Found in Portsmouth Harbor

A WWII German bomb was found at 5am this morning by a barge dredging the Portsmouth Harbor ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth next spring.

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have inspected the device and a plan is in place to tow it out of the harbor and destroy it in open waters off the eastern Isle of Wight.

Bill Oliphant, Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base, said: “This is the third piece of historic ordnance found in the harbor during the dredging works since September.”

“Again we are working with Hampshire Police to ensure we deal with this incident in the safest way possible, at the same time causing least disruption to the city.”

As a precaution, a 500-meter cordon is in place around the barge and cross-channel ferries currently cannot leave or enter Portsmouth continental ferry port.

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

This project 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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