Kennet and Avon Silt Removal Scheme Starts

The Canal and River Trust, the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, has started work on a project to dredge sections of the 78 mile Kennet and Avon Canal.

The work, which is costing the Trust £1 million and will last two years, will focus on areas along the Kennet and Avon Canal where boaters are having difficulty mooring, navigating through bridges or getting stuck on the approach to locks.

In total, around 21,000 tonnes of silt will be removed from the canal, the Trust said.

Paul Fox, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’ve already started dredging along the canal near Crofton and should be finished by Christmas. After Christmas we plan to start dredging in the Horton area and will be in this area for a few weeks.”

“We plan to recycle as much of the silt as possible to agricultural land which has the benefit of being both environmentally friendly and cheaper.”

Using a floating dredger, silt and debris which has built up along the bottom of the canal over a number of years, will be removed from the bottom of the waterway.

Once collected, the silt will be recycled to agricultural land alongside the canal.

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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.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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