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Ouistreham harbour works

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Over the last couple of years there has been a series of essential works in the harbour. 

Not all of these works directly impact BF, but are important for the overall operation of the port – for fishing, yachts heading into the marina or up to Caen, and the limited commercial traffic.

The latest is dredging the approach to the main lock.

Regular watchers of the Fleet Finder or other AIS sites have probably seen repeated appearances of a vessel called Combattant. She's the hopper that carries away the dredged material and also works in and around Havre and the Seine. Here's a couple of pix of her at work last weekend – sorry it's taken so long to post-process (the Normandy Channel Race pix were in front of the queue).

I'm told the material is used for reclamation / defence work somewhere along the coast, acting as new foundations for beaches and foreshore that are being eroded; this sounds interesting, if anyone has more details. I will try to do some more research later.

(Apologies if this is in the wrong forum… it does say "discussion of BF ships, ports…" Mods pls feel free to move).

dredger full.png

dredger close-up.png

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