HMSML Gleaner Decommissioned at Devonport Naval Base

HMSML Gleaner, the Royal Navy’s smallest ship and with a crew of just eight sailors, has decommissioned at Devonport Naval Base after 35 years of service.

The vessel began her career as the Royal Navy’s Inshore Survey Vessel in 1983. Since then she has operated in the majority of ports around the UK ensuring that safety of navigation is maintained.

Gleaner was built to survey waters other craft could not get; despite her size she’s crammed with the latest sonar equipment to measure the seabed around key ports in unparalleled detail.

She was used to survey the Mary Rose wreck site ahead of extensive dredging work to make sure nothing of Henry VIII’s flagship was left on the Solent seabed before the diggers moved in.

More than a decade later, she scoured every inch of Portsmouth Harbor and its approaches to clear the way for dredging to allow the safe entry and exit of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Gleaner’s replacement was recently announced by the First Sea Lord as HMS Magpie. She is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy in the summer of 2018.

The new ship is a modern catamaran design which will enable the Navy to harness the latest technology and operate a more diverse range of survey equipment, including autonomous underwater vehicles.

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2019 Western Dredging Association Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting

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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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