Van Oord starts dredging at Liverpool2

Van Oord has commenced dredging of the River Mersey estuary to pave the way for Liverpool2, Peel Ports Group’s new £300m deepwater container terminal (Dredging News Online).

When complete, Liverpool2, which is being built in the Port of Liverpool, will be the UK’s most centrally located deepwater container terminal. Its owners, Peel Ports*, say they Liverpool2 will be open for business in the second half of 2015.

Van Oord – a member of Team Van Oord – was awarded the contract for the dredging of a new berthing pocket in March 2014. The arrival on site of Van Oord’s HAM 316 trailing suction hopper dredger marked the effective start of the operation.

The work entails deepening the navigable depth of the approach channel (which extends to an overall area of 27km²) from 6.9m below chart datum (bCD) to 8.0m bCD, producing an estimated volume of 5 million m³ of dredged material (arisings).

The arisings will be re-used in the process of up-filling the intertidal zone within the Seaforth triangle which forms the new Liverpool2 terminal. The balance of dredged materials will then be deposited at offshore licensed disposal sites.

An Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken and the Marine Management Organisation, in collaboration with stakeholders, has granted the appropriate licenses. Van Oord will adopt best practice and employ mitigation strategies to minimise or remove any impact on the ecosystems and biodiversity of the marine habitat.

Liverpool is located at the heart of the UK, with 35 million people living within 150 miles and a density of manufacturers, retail and e-commerce companies. The Liverpool2 investment programme is designed to offer companies ship-to-door access to the majority of UK consumers.

*Peel Ports
Peel Ports is one of the UK’s largest port groups with ports in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Heysham, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheerness.

18 July 2014