Working to ensure safe passage to Ipswich

The UKD Orca has returned to Ipswich for its annual dredging campaign, aimed to maintain and improve

The UKD Orca has returned to Ipswich for its annual dredging campaign, aimed to maintain and improve the route into the Port of Ipswich for visiting vesels. The Port of Ipswich is the UK's leading export port of agricultural products. - Credit: ABP

ABP’s Port of Ipswich has welcomed the UKD Orca for its annual maintenance dredging campaign as part of the company’s commitment to continually improving the operations and services it provides for port customers.

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

A modern and highly versatile trailing suction hopper dredger, the 3,000 tonne UKD Orca, is equipped with twin suction pipes, providing an additional capability to service confined spaces and making her ideal for maintenance dredging.

With computerised control and monitoring systems and Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS), the vessel also has improved location accuracy, allowing marine teams to map the dredge areas more efficiently.

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

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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

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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.”

The Port of Ipswich is the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products.

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