The Dredging Forum provides a platform to discuss dredging operations on the tidal Thames. The forum meets quarterly and is chaired by Katherine Harris, Director at Harris Holden Ltd. If you are interested in becoming a member and would like to attend meetings please e-mail us.
The objectives of the Dredging Network are to:
|Objectives||How will this be achieved?||Lead organisation(s)|
|1. Awareness raising|
Share information within the DLG on dredging to improve understanding of dredging.
Invite speakers to give presentations at each DLG meeting. Cover a wider range of topics encompassing: dredging methods and emerging technologies; emerging legislation relating to dredging; environmental/social aspects of dredging; monitoring of dredging activities; use of dredged material etc.
|2. External communication and awareness|
Raise awareness and improve understanding/education of dredging amongst the Thames stakeholder community, tying into existing networks such as the Central Dredging Association.
|Organise dredging-related events (or sessions at wider events) through the TEP network.|
Write articles for TEP publications.
Inform DLG members of current and planned dredging activity on the Thames.
Provide a consultation mechanism for dredging applications received by the Port of London Authority and Marine Management Organisation.
|Circulate details of dredging activity and applications as received.|
Circulate summary in advance of DLG meetings.
Include a standing item in the DLG agenda to discuss.
|Port of London Authority|
Provide a consultation mechanism for Port of London Authority’s notifications of up-coming dredging activities.
Discuss future dredging projects not yet in the licensing system.
Identify common research needs and facilitate their development.
Appoint UCL as a research champion.
UCL to give updates at DLG meetings on relevant current research, and potential future research projects and funding opportunities for dredging-related topics.
|6. Beneficial use|
Encourage the beneficial use of dredged materials by promoting the different options available.
Appoint a beneficial use champion for the DLG.
Identify relevant initiatives and seek ways to collaborate with project developers.
Dredging Liaison Group members:
- Centre for Environment Fisheries and Acquaculture Science (CEFAS)
- The Crown Estate
- Department for Transport (DfT)
- Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
- Dredging International
- Environment Agency
- GPS Marine Contractors Ltd
- Kent & Essex Sea Fisheries Committee (K&ESFC)
- Medway Ports
- Natural England
- Port of London Authority (PLA)
- Port of Tilbury (London) Ltd (POTLL)
- The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
- Van Oord (UK) Ltd
- Westminster Dredging Company Ltd