Harwich Haven Authority awards Maintenance Dredging contract to Boskalis Westminster

Harwich Haven Authority has awarded its latest Maintenance Dredging contract to Boskalis Westminster. The contract will run for one year from December 2023 to December 2024 (inclusive).

Picture caption: Sospan Dau, operating at the beneficial placement project conducted by Harwich Haven Authority to recharge areas in and around Mersea Island, Essex, UK


Harwich Haven Authority’s former Harbour Engineer recognised for his outstanding contribution to the dredging industry by CEDA UK

John Brien

Harwich Haven Authority’s former Harbour Engineer, John Brien, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the dredging sector by the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) at their annual meeting held in November 2023.

Chartered civil engineer, John, joined Harwich Haven Authority in 1986 and oversaw all activities related to the conservancy of Harwich Harbour and the navigation approach channel, which included both capital and maintenance dredging works.

Before his retirement in the late summer of 2023, John led a major, and nationally significant, £130 million capital dredging project with joint-venture contractors Boskalis Westminster and Van Oord to deepen the approach channel and inner Harbour to a depth of -16 metres below Chart Datum.

The additional depth ensures deep-water access for the growing breed of mega-sized vessels in operation and futureproofs accessibility into the UK’s largest container port, the Port of Felixstowe.

A CEDA spokesperson commented: “John has been a keen and vocal advocate for the dredging sector, including serving on the CEDA UK committee for over 10 years.

“Notably, Harwich Haven Authority’s previous capital dredging project in 1998/2000, which was led by John, was one of the first major projects in the UK to be tested under the Habitats Regulations. John created a highly innovative programme of mitigation, including recycling fine sediment into the estuary system. In addition, his post project monitoring was recognised as an example of best practice by the industry.”


Harwich Haven Authority wins international environment and sustainability award

Pictured left to right. Jenni Murphy, Environment Manager. Bonnie Caleno, Environment Officer. Linzi Jobber, Sustainability Manager and Marcus Pearson, Interim ESG Director.

Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a prestigious International Gold Green Apple Environment Award in recognition of the environment and sustainability best practice that was demonstrated through their recent Sustainability Week initiative.

The Green Apple Environment Awards are part of an annual international campaign established by The Green Organisation, an independent, not-for-profit, non-political environment group. Established in 1994 they recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

As one of the UK’s largest trust ports and the statutory harbour authority responsible for the conservancy of one of the UK’s most important trade gateways, HHA has recently launched (in 2023) an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy – Navigating Towards a Sustainable Future – to further cement their commitment to environment and sustainability best practices.

To support the launch of the ESG Strategy, which was compiled in conjunction with relevant stakeholders with an interest in the Haven, HHA held a Sustainability Week across their organisation to raise awareness and embed the key Pillars of the Strategy – Environment, Community and Governance – with their employees.

Marcus Pearson, Interim ESG Director, Harwich Haven Authority, said: “To be up against so many other great nominations and win this prestigious Award so early in our ESG Strategy journey is testament to the hard work that teams across HHA put into our Sustainability Week initiative.

“Central to the development and roll out of our ESG Strategy was to ensure that our employees were onboard with our plans from the very start, which we achieved by facilitating interactive workshops that both encouraged engagement and conversations related to our planned activities.

“We have achieved so much in a short time against the core themes of the Strategy that include climate resilience, biodiversity, waste reduction, targeting social value benefits, strengthening local partnership and bolstering our charitable giving programme.”

Green Apple Award judges commented: “Harwich Haven Authority engaged, educated, and empowered employees through an internal Sustainability Week. The week emphasised sustainability’s importance at work and home, launching the Authority’s ESG Strategy. Workshops with employees covering UNSDG’s portrayed awareness of local, low-carbon benefits and empowered employees for sustainable initiatives.“

Annual Public Meeting 2023, Monday 17 July 2023 – 6pm

Join us on Monday 17 July at 6pm for our Annual Public Meeting at The Waterfront, Dovercourt, Essex.

We’ll be looking back over 2022, presenting our new Environment, Social and Governance Strategy and taking a closer – and interactive – look at the role of #Harwich #pilots

You’ll also have the opportunity meet our CEO, Sarah West and members of her senior leadership team.

With sustainability in mind… we’ll be serving food and refreshments from our #carbonmenu

If you can’t join us in person, the meeting is available via Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82608189766. The meeting will start online at 6.15pm

Take a look at our 2022 Annual Report and Financial Statements https://hha.co.uk/…/Annual-Report-and-Financial…

#trustport #annualpublicmeeting #harwich #essex #ukports #harbour



Harwich Haven Authority Maintenance Dredging Framework December 2023-December 2024 now open to Tender

Harwich Haven Authority is establishing a framework contract, which will run for one year – December 2023 to December 2024 (inclusive) – for maintenance dredging.

All documentation related to the Maintenance Dredging Tender are available to view here.

New Marine Director (Harbour Master) appointed by Harwich Haven Authority

Harwich Haven Authority is pleased to announce that William Barker has been appointed as Marine Director (Harbour Master) of Harwich Haven Authority with effect from 3 April 2023.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, he will take up the statutory duties and responsibilities of the Harwich Haven Authority Harbour Master with immediate effect. In addition to leading on the Authority’s marine operations activities, he will be a key member of the Authority’s senior leadership team.

As an experienced maritime professional, Will has more than twenty years’ operational experience working within statutory harbour authorities, safety of navigation, pilotage, dredging, hydrography and construction project management.

Will joins the Authority from the Peel Port Group where he managed the Mersey Marine Team. He previously worked on the Hinkley Point C project to establish a new harbour authority and facilitated the construction and operation of a 500-metre aggregate import jetty. He has also held roles at Shoreham Port, Littlehampton and Chichester Harbour.

Will Barker, Marine Director (Harbour Master) commented: “I’m delighted to be joining one of UK’s largest trust ports, which is responsible for safety of navigation in one of Europe’s busiest trade gateways.

“In addition to almost five thousand commercial vessels movements in the Haven each year, the Harbour and Rivers Stour and Orwell attract in excess of 10,000 leisure vessels to the area during the season.

“I join the Authority at a busy time as they look to deliver some very exciting initiatives, which include the completion of the £130 million Harbour Improvement project and the implementation of a new Vessel Traffic Services and Port Management Information System.

“On a personal note… I’m looking forward to getting out on the water to explore the Haven and the surrounding area.”

Sarah West, Chief Executive added: “Will brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and everyone at the Authority extends a warm welcome to him.”


For further information contact: Fiona Brunning, Corporate Affairs Manager, Harwich Haven Authority – 01255 252310/07425 63209 Email: [email protected]

Harwich Haven Authority establishes Haven Dredging Ltd to launch innovative new dredging technology, Tiamat

Following robust development and trials, Harwich Haven Authority is delighted to bring Tiamat, a new and innovative agitation dredging solution to the market. The commercialisation of this leading industry technology will be through a newly incorporated, and wholly owned subsidiary of the Authority, Haven Dredging Ltd.

Tiamat’s technology offers lower maintenance dredging costs and is a cleaner process compared to traditional methods. The technology is adaptable and easy to deploy, meaning it will be suitable for port authorities and harbour engineers around the world.

As a unit, Tiamat can be towed by a relatively small work vessel and consists of a frame carrying two pumps. One pump is used to inject water into the sediment overlying the bed of the harbour, whilst the second pump extracts the diluted silt and pumps it up a flume, from where it is released into the water column. The silt can be relocated either within the estuarine system on a flood tide or washed out of the harbour on an ebb tide through the natural tidal currents.

Tiamat has now been integrated into the Authority’s own dredging programme, in parallel with ongoing research and development. Trials of the machine to date, including independent environmental impact assessments conducted by leading experts in dredging practices, Royal Haskoning and HR Wallingford, and further independent reviews by the Environmental Agency and Natural England. Following each trial and subsequent discussion of the results and impressions of the vessel’s crew, improvements have been made to the machine and to working practice. This vast expanse of knowledge building has allowed for a complete redesign of the Authority’s dredging strategy, which addresses the challenges of economics, ecology, climate change and coastal resilience – and moves to a more nature-based dredging approach: “Dredging with Nature”.

Tiamat will change the world of dredging by providing the following economic, social and environmental benefits:

Sustainable maintenance dredging – Sediment dredged from the seabed or riverbed using a non-invasive method. Tiamat promotes self-replenishment in the estuarian system through the natural re-suspension of sediment at the appropriate height in the water column.
Reduces GHGs emissions – By using the power of nature and eliminating the need for disposal of sediment at sea or onshore, Tiamat can significantly reduce GHGs. Trials in Harwich have shown a 65% reduction.
Reduces the cost of dredging by 40% – A bespoke vessel is not required to complete the work and Tiamat can be adapted to work in conditions traditional methods would be too costly or inaccessible. Tiamat can reduce dredging costs by up to 40%, by needing only the work boat and harnessing the energy of the tide.
Saves valuable time – By not needing to travel to a disposal site multiple times a day, valuable time is saved, as well as reduced fuel costs and emissions.

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Director at Harwich Haven Authority, Sarah West, comments, “We are excited to be launching Tiamat after decades of research and field testing that has been put into creating a more efficient method of maintenance dredging. We are committed to working with nature, for nature. We are confident Tiamat will deliver a more sustainable and much more effective method of dredging for port authorities and dredging companies across the globe.”

Chief Finance Officer at Harwich Haven Authority and Executive Director of Haven Dredging Ltd, Jake Storey, adds, “In the long term, Tiamat aims to not only build awareness around environmental issues from traditional dredging methods in the port and dredging community, but also to provide businesses with the opportunity to choose a responsible, sustainable, and economical method of dredging. With the race on to achieve net zero by 2050, incorporating Tiamat into dredging programmes helps support businesses’ carbon reduction programmes.”

For more information on Tiamat and ‘Dredging with Nature’, please watch this video: https://vimeo.com/657375426/d2d4c7464f
For more information about Haven Dredging Ltd, visit: www.havendredging.com

Notes to editors:
For further enquiries about Harwich Haven Authority, please contact Fiona Brunning via [email protected].
For further press information about Haven Dredging Ltd, please contact Jack Loomie, Liberty Ash and Beki Sharman via [email protected]

About Harwich Haven Authority
Harwich Haven Authority (the Authority) was created as a Trust Port by the UK Parliament in 1863 to safeguard the best natural haven on the east coast of England and has been dredging the Haven for more than 100 years.

The Authority developed Tiamat to reduce the environmental impact of maintenance dredging whilst reducing the cost.

The Authority has been so impressed by the result of Tiamat that it has set up Haven Dredging Ltd be able to provide Tiamat to other ports, harbours, and dredging companies. As such, Harwich Haven Authority is the major shareholder of Haven Dredging Ltd.

About Haven Dredging Ltd
Haven Dredging Ltd provides an innovative solution to ports or harbours seeking new ways to manage sediment that enables more sustainable delivery of economic, social and environmental benefits.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Harwich Haven Authority, Haven Dredging Ltd is using the experience and expertise that the Authority has developed to be able to provide environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost-effective dredging solutions.

Harwich Haven Authority selects Kongsberg Norcontrol for industry leading VTS system

Harwich Haven Authority is pleased to announce the award of a contract to Kongsberg Norcontrol Ltd for the supply, commissioning and support of a Vessel Traffic Services system and a Port Management Information System. The Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system is based on Kongsberg Norcontrol’s 7th generation VTS system that is in service with ports around the world, and in combination with their fully integrated Port Management Information System (PMIS) this will ensure vessels visiting the Haven are managed both efficiently and safely.

Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) is one of the UK’s major Trust Ports and its jurisdiction covers the River Stour, the lower part of the River Orwell, Harwich Harbour and 12 nautical miles of seaward approaches. The Haven Ports handle a wide variety of vessels from the largest container vessels in operation to the smallest leisure vessels.

“The Authority is very focused on meeting our customers’ requirements, not only current VTS and PMIS requirements, but also has an ambitious and innovative vision for future requirements such as e-navigation and autonomous shipping; Kongsberg Norcontrol shares that vision and ambition and has the required capability and potential for growth,” says Sarah West, Chief Executive Officer, Harwich Haven Authority (pictured).

Steve Guest, Managing Director, Kongsberg Norcontrol Ltd commented: “Robust tracking of such a diverse mix and size of ship types within the Haven is fundamental to any VTS system and requires smart tracking and sensor fusion algorithms using all available tracking sensors, especially radar. Our 7th generation C-Scope VTS system excels in this respect and ensures that VTS operators are provided the right information, at the right time for informed decision making. The decision support tools provided are highly configurable and ensures only meaningful alerts are provided.”

Nick Lambert, Head of Business Systems, Harwich Haven Authority identified compliance to the Network & Information Systems (NIS) Regulations as a critical success factor for the project. Nick explained “as an Operator of Essential Services (OES) we must demonstrate ongoing compliance with NIS. Kongsberg Norcontrol clearly demonstrated their knowledge, experience, and competence in this area.”

“What we saw during the contracting process was an intelligent and configurable Port Management Information System, that would support development of a purpose-built pilot and pilot launch planning tool. This was backed up with a solid understanding of the requirement and a willingness to partner on delivering a solution.”