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31st March 2017 - Press Release
New safety exclusion zone signals start of DWDR marine activity
A new marine safety exclusion zone has been established in Dover harbour as the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) marine civil engineering gathers momentum.
The safety zone will provide a marked delineation between the dedicated swim and lesiure zone and the marine construction area to the east of the Prince of Wales Pier. The zone will be defined by the Prince of Wales Pier to the west and the shoreline to the north.
This is an extension to the existing 50m safety zone which was in place, adjacent to the Prince of Wales Pier, during recent height reduction works. This is essential to ensure the safety of all marine and leisure users during the construction and piling phases of the project.
The safety zones will be signposted at various locations along the seafront Esplanade. Due to the waterborne noise generated by the piling activity swimming prohibition notices will also be posted advising when it is safe to swim.
The Port of Dover General Manager of Operations and Harbour Master, Paul Brown, said: “For their own safety marine and leisure users may not enter the restricted area at any time as indicated by the line of buoys shown in yellow in the diagram.
“During construction, marine users should expect to see a significant increase in construction craft movements in and around the Western docks. These include large-scale dredgers, crane barges, multi-cats/tugs and safety boats.
“Marine users are therefore advised to navigate with caution at all times and to take directions from Dover Port Control (VTS) when required.”
The safety zone will be in place throughout the construction period.
Notes to editors
1) Port of Dover
The Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area. With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:
- A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover's unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle;
- Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
- Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic; and
- Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.
DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover with c.£250m committed for its delivery.
DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award - the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.
For the latest DWDR animations, illustrations and project plans visit www.doverport.co.uk/DWDR
VSBW is a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster to deliver the marine structures and bridge contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.
With a contract value of £115m, this construction stage will include the design and build of two new berths including quay walls and land reclamation, a new marina pier, the marina curve, navigation channel and new lock gates, Bascule Bridge and capital dredging work.