Dredging is a process undertaken with the purpose of gathering up sediment from the bottom of the sea and disposing of it in a different location. A boatyard in Devon needed to dredge its marina and contacted Sykes Pumps with this purpose in mind. Silt needed to be removed from the area to prevent build up. The tide easily brings silt in but doesn’t take it away, hence the need for dredging.
A dedicated Sykes Pumps engineer arranged for the delivery of an end suction diesel pump. This high pressure pump was supplied with 2 x 4 metre pipes. The dredging process could only be carried out when there was an outgoing tide, when the water level was only two metres deep. The customer expected the dredging process to take six weeks however amazingly the work was completed in four! This saved the boatyard a great deal of money and was less expensive than employing the dredging company that had completed the task previously. The dredging went according to plan and definitely exceeded the customers expectations.