River Thames News

Vicinity Map Seagate Boston. (Image courtesy Tighe & Bond)

Protecting Ports from Sea Level Rise

the 1953 North Sea Flood in the Netherlands when a storm surge occurred on top of astronomical high tides causing thousands of deaths, property and economic damages.  The Dutch and UK reacted and increased construction of sea defenses including storm surge barriers, such as the Delta Works and River Thames barriers.  In the US the New Bedford/Fairhaven port was severely flooded by hurricanes in 1938 and 1954 causing $8.3 million in damages, which lead to the construction of the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier in 1962 by the Army Corps of Engineers at a cost of $18.6 million.  The Army Corps

(Photo: Port of London Authority)

All-women Yacht Crew Conducts Scientific Sampling on the Thames

off the shore and I dread to think how much has broken down too and ends up eaten by the fish or us.”    Amy added, “I guess this research will help to give us a better idea how bad the problem is.”   The PLA recovers up to 300 metric tons of rubbish from the River Thames every year, much of which is made up of plastic.   “We know there is an issue with plastic bottles entering the River Thames,” said Tanya Ferry, PLA environment manager and eXXpedition Round Britain crew member.    “The eXXpedition research on the river will

The Thames Tideway Tunnel development will create a 25km sewer to protect the river from pollution. (Photo: Neptune)

Neptune Shows Versatility

. Specialists from Aberdeen-based Neptune were mobilized to work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel development. The 20 day survey support project was completed in January as work on the landmark scheme continues. When operational the 25km tunnel will create a new sewer, urgently needed to protect the River Thames from pollution caused by sewage overflow due to insufficient capacity. Neptune provided diver tracking services to Hughes Sub Surface Engineering, with a surveyor working on board the Thames Explorer to monitor those working on the riverbed near Blackfriars Bridge as they conducted an unexploded

Image courtesy of CTruk

New Survey Vessel for Port of London

The Port of London Authority (PLA) ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year. The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K.’s second largest port. Capt. John Pinder, port hydrographer, said, “This boat should be an excellent addition

Photos courtesy of Swathe Services

R2SONIC Multi-beam for Port of London Authority

Swathe Services has announced that after extensive trials in the River Thames in 2014  the Port of London Authority has chosen the R2SONIC SONIC 2024 to be installed on its new survey vessel, due for delivery in October 2015.    The SONIC 2024 which has Ultra High Resolution (UHR) capability at 700 kHz will satisfy the PLA’s particular interest in structural monitoring along with other high resolution bathymetry survey requirements.   The sonar will be installed on a bespoke hull mounting with tilting capability on a new CTruk MPC19 which is currently under construction

Image courtesy of CTruk

New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K.’s second largest port.   The CTruk MPC19 is a hydro-dynamically optimized twin-hull design that

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