Dredger Finds Another WWII Bomb in Portsmouth Harbor

One of the dredging vessels involved in the Portsmouth harbor dredging project found an unexploded Second World War device earlier this morning, Royal Navy just announced.

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

The harbor is currently being dredged to enable it to take the new Royal navy aircraft carriers which are due to come into service in the city by 2020.

This type of Second World War German SC250 bomb weighs 500lb and contains 290lb of high explosives, the Navy said.

Hampshire Constabulary said that Portsmouth Harbor Railway Station and Coach Station will be closed this morning and the Gosport and Isle of Wight ferries will also be affected while this is being dealt with.

Gunwharf Quays will also be closed for the duration of this operation.

“We are working with Ministry of Defense Police, the Royal Navy, Portsmouth City Council and other organizations to activate a pre-arranged multi-agency plan,” said Hampshire Constabulary in its announcement.

“Our priority is to keep the public safe and minimize community disruption while the ordnance is detonated by the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal.”

Divers from the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 are also on the scene.

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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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