Lincolnshire beach replenishment work complete for 2021

Van Oord has completed this year’s beach replenishment works that will reduce the risk of flooding for Lincolnshire’s coastal communities.

The sand was pumped onto beaches between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point, including at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft.

In line with the client’s aim to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 316 used a sustainable biofuel during this campaign. The feedstock for the biocomponent of the fuel is primarily used cooking oil, reported Van Oord.

The Environment Agency’s annual beach management scheme sees sand dredged from licensed areas of the seabed and pumped onto the beach to replace levels naturally lost to the sea throughout the year.

The EA has been restoring sand levels on the Lincolnshire coast every year since 1994.

Earlier this year, Van Oord signed a new contract with the Environment Agency to continue protecting the Lincolnshire coast over next four years.

The contract encompasses beach nourishment over the length of 20 kilometers and requires around 400,000 cubic meters of sand each year and continues the works Van Oord has been undertaking there since 2015.

Photo: The Environment Agency Midlands