Important dredging work is now underway at Hafan Pwllheli marina in North Wales. The worldwide dredging company Royal SMALS has been commissioned to clear the main harbour channel and areas within the marina basin. The dredging team are expected to be on site until 23rd May 2019 and the plan is to remove approximately 20,000 cubic metres of material using a cutter suction dredger.

A Notice to Mariners (Number - 01/19 25/03/2019) has been issued to cover the duration of the works and mariners are advised to follow the instruction of the dredging master when manoeuvring close to the dredger.

Periodic dredging at Pwllheli is necessary to remove the build-up of silt during the winter months and it is carried out as part of a regular maintenance programme. Once complete, the main harbour channel and marina basin will be returned to the design depth, providing excellent access to the marina for most yachts at virtually all states of the tide.

Wil Williams, Hafan Pwllheli Harbour Manager said: "We are pleased to report that dredging of the channel and marina basin has now started. This work is important to ensure that our facilities continue to be of the highest standard. We would like to thank berth holders and visitors for their patience over the coming weeks. Although it is anticipated that only a very small number of vessels will require moving during dredging operations, access to the channel may be restricted for short periods of time Monday to Friday. The dredging will stop over the weekends and the Easter Bank Holidays.”

A further hydrographic survey will be carried out at the end of the year to see if further work is required in 2020.