Ust-Luga dredging kicks off

Annual maintenance dredging of approximately 200,600 cubic meters of sand and gravel from the seaport of Ust-Luga is now underway, informs FSUE “Rosmorport”.

This year maintenance dredging will be performed in basin of the southern harbour of Ust-Luga, on the approach channel to the mouth of the Luga River, in the water area of the Ust-Luga terminals for handling LPG and containers.

Upon completion of the dredging, the designed depths in the harbour area will be: -5 to -12.8m in the southern region basin; -5.5 to -7.2m on the approach channel to the mouth of the Luga River; and -13.5m in the basin of the UL container terminal.

To perform this campaign, Rosmorport has deployed the assets of its north-western basin branch: a backhoe dredger Waka Nami Go and a hopper barge FORT. Dredgers of third-party contractors are also involved.

The excavated material will be transported to an underwater dump site near the Valshtein bank of the Luga Bay of the Gulf of Finland.

Deputy head of Rosmorrechflot Konstantin Anisimov had previously announced that the volume of dredging on Russia’s inland waterways in 2021 is projected at the level of 22-23 million cbm. In the first half of the year, the volume of dredged materials has already totaled 7 million m3.

Photo: Rosmorport