The build-up of silt is a problem that is commonly faced by marinas all over the world. If the dredging works necessary to recover the required depths are carried out by conventional means (e.g. dipper dredgers), the piled or floating jetties need to be removed.
For many years now, Dravo S.A. has been carrying out maintenance dredging at a number of marinas. The method we use is called water-injection dredging (WID). By using small dredgers (transported on two trucks), dredging can be done without interfering in the slightest with the daily operations of the marina.
The effectiveness of the WID method depends on such factors as the type of silt, bathymetry/geometry, currents, tides, weather conditions and the location of the dredging area.
Before beginning WID operations, our technicians carry out a study of local conditions to optimise the results.