Dredging of Grand Union Canal at Leicester Wrapped Up

The Canal & River Trust has recently completed a £250,000 project to dredge part of the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal.

The work focused on areas along the waterways where boaters were having difficulty mooring and navigating.

Four locks were cleared of silt and about 150 tons of soil, which was the result of a land slip a few years ago, was removed from the canal near Debdale Wharf.

In total just over 1140 tonnes of silt were removed from the canal from Saddington Tunnel to Cranes Lock, near the village of Kilby.

Paul Fox, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “This part of the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so we had to take care when dredging to avoid disturbing the protected pond weeds growing in the canal and to stay a safe distance from known water vole habitats.”

Using a floating dredger, the silt and debris which had built up over a number of years were removed from the waterway and loaded into a floating skip known as a hopper.

Once dried, the silt will be recycled and spread onto agricultural land alongside the canal, the Trust said.

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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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