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Dover Western Dock Redevelopment Demolition


The Port of Dover is embarking on its biggest project for over 70 years with the redevelopment of the Western Docks, due for completion by 2019.  This includes the construction of 2 new berths along with quay walls and land reclamation, new marina facilities, navigation channel and new lock gates, bascule bridge and captial dredging work.  VSBW is the principal contractor for the works, a joint venture between Boskalis Westminster and VolkerStevin.

Scope of Works

Having already removed a section of the quay wall above the sea level to create a new channel VSBW JV required the underwater section of the Dunkirk Jetty to be demolished to seabed level.


WM Plant Hire supplied a 60 tonne long reach to work from a barge.  It was fitted with various specialist underwater demolition attachments including an underwater breaker and rock cutting wheel, with a rotating rock grab to removve the broken-out rock from the water.  The rock on the barge was then unloaded by a further shore based heavier duty 85 tonne long reach which also undertook land based jetty demolition.

Additional Info

  • Client: VSBW JV
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Location: Dover, Kent
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