Port of Ipswich Commences Dredging Programme

A high tech dredging vessel is now in Suffolk’s waterways, as part of ABP’s Port of Ipswich’s latest maintenance activity.

The UKD Orca will kickstart the company’s annualdredging campaign as part of the firm’s commitment to continually improving the operations and services it provides for customers.

Regular maintenance dredging is of paramount importance to the safety and efficient operations of all vessels using the port. 

A trailing suction hopper dredger, the UKD Orca is equipped with twin suction pipes, providing an additional capability to service confined spaces and making her ideal for maintenance dredging.

The vessel is part of UK Dredging (UKD)’s fleet.

Paul Ager, ABP Divisional Port Manager, East Coast, said: “At ABP the health, safety and wellbeing of all those working for us and those affected by our operations is of great importance.

“That is why we are committed to providing high quality equipment for our teams so that they are able to work efficiently and safely. Moreover, our routine dredging campaign is vital because it allows us to remove sediments and debris from the bottom of waterways surrounding our ports and to ensure the safe passage of vessels visiting the port.”


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