Royal Navy Destroys Portsmouth Harbor Bomb

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have destroyed a Second World War German device found in Portsmouth Harbor during dredging work ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The bomb was towed out to open waters 1.5 miles east of the Isle of Wight where a controlled explosion took place at 4pm yesterday.

Shipping movements were restricted while the device was towed out through the harbor entrance.

Commander Del McKnight, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Diving Squadron, said: “Last year we had more than 450 call-outs around the UK so this is really business as usual for us. We’ve had more call-outs to Portsmouth than we would usually see, because of the extent of the dredging works being done to make way for HMS Queen Elizabeth, but we have teams on standby at 10 minutes notice around the UK ready to deal with these things.”

Image source: Second Sea Lord Twitter
Image source: Second Sea Lord Twitter

Millions of pounds have been spent on works to prepare Portsmouth Naval Base to accommodate the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Dredging operations, conducted by Boskalis, are underway to deepen the main channel used by shipping in Portsmouth by one meter.

New power facilities are also being built, navigational aids installed and jetties upgraded to take the carriers alongside.

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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