Dredging work at the Port of Teignmouth increases depth of shipping channel for larger ships

July 25, 2016

The shipping channel serving the Port of Teignmouth has been deepened following works funded and delivered by the Teignmouth Harbour Commission.

Works to deepen the shipping channel serving the Port of Teignmouth have recently been completed, now allowing larger draughted ships to enter the port and increasing the window when current ships that use the port can come and go.

The works, which were funded and delivered by the Teignmouth Harbour Commission, have ensured the port’s future so it can accommodate newer bigger short sea shipping vessels and increase the volume of cargo passing through the port.

Teignmouth Harbour Commission Harbour Master and Chief Executive Officer, Commander David Vaughan said: “The dredging now means that the channel will eventually accommodate ships with a draught of 5.5 metres on a height of tide of four metres.

“During spring tides, there is also the potential to allow passage for ships with a draught of up to 6.5 metres. Previously, the channel could only accommodate a maximum draught of 5.0 metres.”

The work was conducted by Danish company Rohde Nielsen Dredging whose Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Modi R and her associated equipment was ideally suited to the confines of the Teignmouth Harbour.

ABP Port Manager for Teignmouth, Dave Atkin said: “This dredging work has opened a window for more arrivals and departures, providing more water on every tide which is a real benefit for existing Teignmouth customers and provides great opportunities for the future.”

“We have waited to find the right dredger for this project to take place. As a result, we look forward to seeing an increase in trade through the Port of Teignmouth.”

ABP Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston said: “I am delighted that these important dredging works have been completed by Teignmouth Harbour Commissioners which is a massive vote of confidence in the Port of Teignmouth. This will allow ABP to offer an even better service to visiting ships and customers in future.”