#Dredging - A trailing suction hopper dredger, Freeway (2014/4,320gt) with a maximum dredging depth of 30m, is carrying out routine Dublin Port maintenance, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The contract from Dublin Port Company, to dredge spoil from within the port and channel approaches and dispose to designated spoiling grounds in Dublin Bay, was awarded to Irish Dredging. The company now in its 40th year, is a member of the Royal Boskalis Westminster Group.
Freeway with a 4,500 m3 capacity, belongs to the fleet of the Dutch operator, which is one of the world's largest international dredging and marine contractors.
The 91m vessel is scheduled to take five weeks to complete the task. In addition work boats, involving UKD Sealion, a multicat from UK Dredging and the port’s Rosbeg, also a multicat are carrying out bottom-levelling duties.
Also kept busy has been the work of hydrographic surveys carried out by the small boat F48.