PHOTO: Thames Barrier Dredging Works

Image source: WM Plant Hire Ltd

Opened on this day, 8 May 1984, the famous Thames Barrier continues to play a vital role in the country’s flood defenses.

This image, released by long reach specialist WM Plant Hire Ltd, shows a flashback to some emergency works carried out by Van Oord to remove silt from the gate underwater.

In order to ensure the gate would always be in operation, the maintenance works used a long reach excavator with a dredge pump attachment.

“We have worked on the River Thames for over 20 years now and are currently involved in the construction and dredging works for the new cofferdam at Chambers Wharf on the massive Thames Tideway project,” said Damian McGettrick, WM Plant Hire Managing Director.

The Thames Barrier, a movable flood barrier in the River Thames east of Central London, prevents the floodplain of all but the easternmost boroughs of Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea.

 

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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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