Portsmouth Camber Dock to be dredged from 14th April
Posted for the benefit of those of you who use the Old Portmouth Slipway, Here is an extract from a letter from the Portsmouth Commercial Port Harbour Master dated 27th March 2009:-
"...Please be advised that a major maintenance dredge of the inner Camber will commence on 14 April 2009 by the 22 metre dredger “Witton II” and the 42 metre spoil barge “Split II”. The timing of the dredge is not ideal, as although the works were planned to take place over the winter months, we have had to wait until now for suitable plant to become available in our area to facilitate the works.
The works will require the Fisherman’s pontoons, KBB [KB Boatpark] pontoons, Butcher’s pontoons and the Sindall’s pontoons to be removed to enable the dredging to go ahead.
The works will start with the dismantling of the pontoons commencing from 07:00 hrs on Tuesday 14 April 2009. Once the pontoons have been removed, the dredger will work 07:00 to 19:00 daily until completion of the works, which is estimated to take 2 to 3 weeks."
As vessels usualy moored in the Inner Camber are being advised to moor in the Outer Camber if they can - i.e. around the slipway area - My personal conclusion is that anyone planning to launch / recover immediately after Easter may find some extra 'on the water congestion' in the outer Camber.