Clearing munitions to support dredging operations

The consequences of not factoring in unexploded ordnance services during dredging operations can be catastrophic.

Clearing munitions to support dredging operations and infrastructure development

SafeLane Global provide unexploded ordnance detection and clearance services for dredging operations to support infrastructure development.

What is dredging?

Dredging is the process of removing sand, sediment, and other debris from bodies of water such as rivers and harbours.

As sand and silt naturally washes downstream, it slowly fills up channels and harbours.

Dredging is the solution to this problem.

How can dredging support infrastructure development?

The sediment removed during the dredging process can be repurposed for land reclamation.

This means the dredging process enables the creation of new land to support infrastructure development projects.

This process is common in locations including the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore.

How do SafeLane’s marine unexploded ordnance services support dredging operations?

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) poses a threat in the marine space.  Munitions, bombs, grenades and sea mines may have been used historically to target a harbour or a docks and UXO including chemical munitions have been dumped at sea.

It is impossible to determine exactly how much has been dropped or dumped – or where it has all ended up.

As time goes on, so unexploded ordnance becomes less stable and therefore more dangerous.  This is especially true when it comes to water exposed munitions.

The UXO threat at sea poses a risk to:

  • dredging operations
  • construction projects
  • fishermen
  • marine life
  • oil & gas operations
  • cable and pipe lay operations
  • offshore renewables

Without using UXO detection and, if needed, removal services, it is impossible to tell if the sand and sediment being removed during dredging is contaminated with munitions.

The consequences of not factoring in unexploded ordnance services during dredging operations can be catastrophic.

The catastrophic impact of not factoring in the UXO threat when dredging:

People have been killed by munitions that have exploded when uncovered – and as a result of untrained individuals attempting to dismantle bombs they have encountered.

In October 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, UXO from WWII blew up on a construction site killing 1 member of staff and injuring 2 others.

Other risks include:

  • cost impacts
  • asset loss
  • environmental consequences
  • damage to reputation

SafeLane has been keeping people safe during dredging projects for over 30 years and in the UK and internationally.

Find out how SafeLane has supported international dredging operations. 

UK experience.

Have you considered how UXO could impact your dredging project?

For expert, professional advice contact SafeLane’s Marine team today for a free initial consultation.


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