Lerwick Port Authority Plans to Dredge Approach Channel

Lerwick Harbor is on course for record cruise traffic next year, with advance bookings currently at the highest level yet, with 87 ships scheduled to arrive between March and October, the Lerwick Port Authority said in its latest release.

The latest forecast is revealed on the final day of the season (Wednesday, 27 July 2017) when Norwegian Jade arrived for the fourth time this year at the Shetland port, with 2,335 passengers on board, en route from Southampton to Reykjavik, Iceland, on an 11-day trans-Atlantic voyage to New York.

“A feature of the year has been poor weather or itinerary changes, causing cancellation of around 10% of planned cruise calls. These tended to be larger vessels, meaning passenger numbers were around 20% down on early-season predictions,” the port said.

Lerwick Port Authority is planning to deepen the approach channel and the berth at Mair’s Pier to provide alongside-berthing for a number of vessels which currently need to anchor and transfer passengers by tender.

This will reduce any weather disruption for these cruise calls, the port said.

Work has started on the consent required to dredge and it is hoped the work can take place in 2018.

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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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