Beach Replenishment Scheme 2005-2007

Phase 1

Daily Diary

Statistics

Beach

Days

Loads

Cubic metres*

Metric tonnes*

Tons*

Swanage

16

76

128,219

192,329

189.291

Poole

32

226

590,364

885,546

871,560

Bournemouth (BIS4.1)

60

290

726,101

1,089,152

1,071,950

Total
108
592
1,444,684**
2,167,027
2,132,801

Average per day

5.5

13,377

20,065

19,748

*The Crown Estate apply a factor of 1.5 to convert cubic metres of sand to metric tonnes, and 1 metric tonne = 0.984206528 long (British) ton.

**Of the total 1.45 million m³ of sand recorded in the dredger’s hopper, it is estimated about 1.16 million m³ was actually delivered to the beaches (find out more).

Swanage

November 2005

Date

Activity

Total (cu.m.)

22nd

750m long x 700mm diameter sinkerline brought ashore in readiness for pumping. The sinkerline was assembled in Newhaven Harbour, Sussex and towed from there by tug. It is floated into position and then sunk to the seabed during replenishment work

0

23rd

Road transport brings 12m sections of pipeline to site. Sections will be joined to pump material along the beach.

0

24th

Trailing suction hopper dredger

Volvox Scaldia

pumps first two loads onto the beach

2,703

25th

Beach replenishment (3 dredger loads to the beach)

4,963

26th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

11,720

27th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

13,616

28th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

13,660

29th

The second dredger

HAM 311

arrives in Poole.

1,684

30th

Pumping continues (2 loads).

Volvox Scaldia

undergoes maintenance & repairs which are likely to take 3-4 days;

HAM 311

will take over replenishment work at Swanage

3,183

December 2005

1st

No beach replenishment works; strong southerly winds Force 5-7 prevent dredger from coupling to pipeline. Similar weather forecast for tomorrow.

0

2nd

No beach replenishment works today. Severe weather p.m. (driving rain and gusts of 60-70 m.p.h.) saw both dredgers moored at Poole Quay. An improvement is forecast for tomorrow

0

3rd

Volvox Scaldia

is back in service at Swanage. Replenishment recommences (2 dredger loads)

3,323

4th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

13,237

5th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

13,368

6th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

13,789

7th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

13,173

8th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

11,438

9th

Final day of replenishment work at Swanage (5 loads)

8,362

10th

Beach replenishing equipment dismantled and moved to Poole by road

0

“Dear Sirs,
This weekend we witnessed the recharging on Swanage beach in Dorset, UK. We were most impressed by the engineering skills demonstrated by the teams on the beach and the readiness of your personnel to explain clearly to the watching public exactly what was happening. We would like you to thank them for the time and trouble they are taking in their public relations role. We spoke to several team members over the weekend and each one was enthusiastic about the project.
Yours faithfully, Janette and Roger Lynch”

An email received by contractors Van Oord (Netherlands) 27th November, and reproduced with kind permission of the authors

Poole

December 2005

Date

Activity

Total (cu.m.)

11th

Beach replenishing equipment arrives by road but sea fog and offshore winds prevented the sinkerline (transported by sea) from leaving Swanage

0

12th

Offshore winds prevent sinkerline from being moved

0

13th

Operational delays

0

14th

Operational delays - obstructions found on the seabed off the coast at Branksome Chine where the sinkerline is due to come ashore

0

15th

The sinkerline was floated at Swanage and brought into Poole by tugs at 17:30. The dredger

Waterway

also arrived at Poole today, to replace

Volvox Scaldia

0

16th

The sinkerline comes ashore just east of Branksome Chine. The first dredger load was pumped ashore at 19:00 (2 loads total)

4,748

17th

Beach replenishment by both

Waterway

&

HAM 311

(13 loads)

32,768

18th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

15,783

19th

Beach replenishment (12 loads). ITV News crew filmed aboard one of the dredgers and interviewed project managers

33,013

20th

Beach replenishment (11 loads)

28,844

21st

Beach replenishment (9 loads)

23,743

22nd

Beach replenishment (8 loads). Section of beach completed (approx 500m) between Branksome Dene Chine and Branksome Chine. Work will move west of Branksome Chine.

18,286

23rd

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

19,233

24th

Beach replenishment (6 loads)

13,766

25th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

19,876

26th

Beach replenishment (9 loads)

22,488

27th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

19,539

28th

Beach replenishment (9 loads)

23,030

29th

Only the

Waterway

working today (7 loads),

HAM 311

refuelling. Project Managers from Poole's Leisure Services were invited aboard

Waterway

19,779

30th

Southerly winds up to Force 6 stops work. Gusts above a Force 4/5 make it too difficult & dangerous to manually couple the dredger with the floating pipeline for pumping

0

31st

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

11,904

January 2006

1st

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

15,629

2nd

Hundreds if not thousands of visitors over the extended New Year Bank Holiday. Beach replenishment (8 loads)

24,301

3rd

A leak has developed in the sinkerline preventing it from being floated and moved to Canford Cliffs Chine. Independent film production crew arrives to interview Clive Smith, Head of Leisure Services at Poole. Beach replenishment (4 loads)

12,172

4th

Sinkerline problems persist; the majority of dredging today is of fine sediments for disposal offshore at Swanage. Pipeline reconnected for overnight replenishment work (3 loads)

10,076

5th

Beach replenishment (5 loads). Section of beach now completed (approx 1640m) between Branksome Dene Chine and Canford Cliffs Chine

6,475

6th

No beach replenishment today; sinkerline repairs underway

0

7th

The repaired sinkerline has been successfully floated and moved to Canford Cliffs Chine

0

8th

Further sinkerline problems; divers on site. Replenishment work recommences late in the day (3 loads)

7,631

9th

Beach replenishment (11 loads)

32,100

10th

Beach replenishment (13 loads)

36,080

11th

Beach replenishment (11 loads)

30,311

12th

Beach replenishment (10 loads)

25,499

13th

Beach replenishment (9 loads). Works have reached Shore Road; just a small section left to the 2nd rock groyne towards Sandbanks and the Poole beaches part of the project is complete

22,457

14th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

21,775

15th

Beach replenishment (10 loads) - only one day's work left at Poole

27,113

16th

Waterway

in the harbour for refuelling and maintenance;

HAM 311

finishes Poole replenishment work (5 loads)

11,945

17th

Sinkerline brought ashore for maintenance. A 250m section will be removed and left at Poole; only 500m is required to reach Bournemouth beaches

0

18th

Sinkerline floated and on its way to Hengistbury Head by 09:00

0

Winston Sagman emails us:
“I am sure I am not alone in wishing that your team would slow down a little. At the present rate of progress this fascinating piece of engineering is going to be finished too soon and the entertainment we are all enjoying will be gone “

Sinkerline being towed ashore by tug

Bournemouth

January 2006

Date

Activity

Total (cu.m.)

18th

Contractors set up site at Solent Meads car park. Sinkerline brought ashore by the multicat; other equipment arrives by road. Replenishment commences p.m. (5 loads pumped ashore)

10,609

19th

Beach replenishment (9 loads)

21,959

20th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

18,198

21st

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

22,642

22nd

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

19,391

23rd

Beach replenishment has been progressing very well but the

HAM 311

was out of action most of today (5 loads)

15,196

24th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

12,057

25th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

14,358

26th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

18,796

27th

Van Oord move the sinkerline at noon - it comes ashore at Southbourne (east). Beach replenishment (5 loads)

14,569

28th

Beach replenishment (9 loads)

24,302

29th

Problems with the

Waterway

today. Beach replenishment (6 loads)

13,043

30th

Waterway

back in service. Beach replenishment (7 loads)

18,519

31st

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

15,139

February 2006

1st

The production team from BBC's Countryfile visit Poole & Bournemouth; on 6th & 7th February they will be back to film five stories from Poole for their programme which airs on BBC1 on Sunday the 12th at 10.55 a.m. 5 loads pumped ashore today

14,823

2nd

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

22,742

3rd

Van Oord advise that the

Waterway

will be operating only until 9th February, after which the

HAM 311

will complete the project alone; anticipated completion is week commencing 6th March. 7 loads today.

17,748

4th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

19,437

5th

Beach replenishment (8 loads)

21,845

6th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

18,719

7th

The sinkerline was moved this morning, to the bottom of Gordon Steps at Southbourne; the BBC filmed aboard

HAM 311

and 9 loads were pumped ashore - busy day!

24,015

8th

Beach replenishment (9 loads)

23,852

9th

Beach replenishment (7 loads)

20,950

10th

The

Waterway

completed her final discharge at 00:05 this morning, and departed bound for Rotterdam.

HAM 311

working alone; beach replenishment (5 loads)

10,813

11th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

11,323

12th

'Countryfile' on BBC1 this morning featured the beach replenishment and other stories from Poole Harbour. 4 loads pumped ashore

8,733

13th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,108

14th

Winds Force 5 today with Force 6-7 and heavy swell predicted for tomorrow; unsafe for replenishment. Sinkerline brought ashore. Just one load delivered to the beach

2,112

15th

Beach replenishment (2 loads)

4,664

16th

Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers attend a lunch and project presentation from Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole & Van Oord at the Harbour Heights Hotel. Site visits to Solent Meads and Branksome Chine followed despite replenishment work being delayed by poor weather conditions.

0

17th

No beach replenishment works; during bad weather dredging continues - material unsuitable for the beach is taken to the licensed disposal ground off Swanage

0

18th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

8,855

19th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

11,041

20th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

8,992

21st

No beach replenishment

0

22nd

Beach replenishment (3 loads)

6,948

23rd

Beach replenishment (2 loads)

4,391

24th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,098

25th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

11,696

26th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

11,789

27th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,412

28th

Beach replenishment (2 loads)

4,776

March 2006

1st

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

11,189

2nd

Beach replenishment (6 loads)

13,541

3rd

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,142

4th

Beach replenishment (6 loads)

13,885

5th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

11,932

6th

Beach replenishment (1 load)

2,120

7th

Beach replenishment (1 load)

2,061

8th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

10,884

9th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,163

10th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

8,781

11th

Beach replenishment (6 loads)

13,693

12th

Beach replenishment (5 loads)

10,641

13th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

8,908

14th

A visit from Andy George of Defra, the government department paying for the replenishment work. 4 loads pumped ashore today

9,189

15th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,402

16th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,222

17th

Beach replenishment (3 loads)

6,578

18th

Beach replenishment (4 loads)

9,110

19th

Job done. 0020 hrs the

HAM 311

disconnected from the pipeline for the final time. 0305 hrs she departed Poole Bay bound for Rotterdam.

0

April 2006

10th

1900 hrs the sinkerline was towed from Poole Bay, bound for Southwold, Suffolk

Feedback – by email, 18th June 2006
“I thought the beaches looked wonderful anyway but this weekend we went down to Canford Cliffs/Flaghead – WoW!!!!!! There was so much room on the beach, the sand itself was beautiful and the sea was so clear. Surely it had to be the most special beach in the world to be on this weekend. Well done to all who have worked on the project”

Lee Ellis, Poole

Sinkerline being towed ashore by tug