A Team Van Oord project team working on the East coast of England has donated £500 to two RNLI lifeboat stations, both of which have had money stolen in recent times.
When the Project Lincshore* team read about the burglaries at Skegness and Mablethorpe lifeboat stations they were keen to help out – leading to cheques being handed to the respective stations by Matthew Hellyer and Virgil Konings in the name of Van Oord.
Phil Ramsay, Team Van Oord National Framework Manager, said:
“Many of the projects we carry out are located in the heart of the local community – and ultimately the majority of our work is for the benefit of local residents.
“The donation is a great credit to the Project Lincshore team, who when they heard about the stolen money, decided they wanted to help the RNLI.
“We hope the Van Oord donation goes some way towards making up for the very disappointing theft from such a worthwhile cause.”
Project Lincshore is the Environment Agency’s flagship scheme to replenish Lincolnshire beaches, thereby helping reduce flood risk to thousands of homes and businesses along the coast.
The scheme involves dredging sand from a designated offshore location using a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger. The material is then pumped to the shore via a floating pipeline, and replaces sand lost during winter storms. The sand is required to maintain effective protection of the primary hard sea defences by reducing the risk of waves reaching and overtopping the main sea defences, thereby protecting them from damage and erosion.
Project Lincshore, which first began in 1994, replenishes the beaches between Skegness and Mablethorpe and, in the immediate coastal floodplain, protects 20,000 residential properties, 1,700 commercial properties, 30,000 static caravans, 35,000 hectares of high grade agricultural land and £bns of infrastructure.
14 June 2017