Dredging continues in Newport Harbour

By Chris Cornford Jun 6, 2021

Years of sludge, silt and goodness knows what else is being removed from the River Medina in Newport as dredging operations continue.

Last week the Doreen Dorward, a 30 1/2 self-propelled Spud Leg Pontoon Utility Vessel, was working to clear the navigation channel in the town, next to HTP’s Riverbank Campus, the first dredging to take place since the ‘70s.

The work is being carried out by Jenkins Marine of Poole as part of a ten-week £370,000 project to increase the depth of the channel so that it can be used by commercial and recreational river traffic.

The Isle of Wight Council has a licence to dispose of the waste material collected at an approved location out at sea. Newport Harbour remains open during the dredging works.