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Daily Diary

Feedback - by email, 18th June

"I thought the beaches looked wonderful anyway but this weekend we went down to Canford Cliffs/Flaghead - WoW!!!!!!  There was so much room on the beach, the sand itself was beautiful and the sea was so clear.  Surely it had to be the most special beach in the world to be on this weekend.  Well done to all who have worked on the project"

Lee Ellis, Poole






metric tonnes 1 tons


16 76 128,219 192,329 189,291


32 226 590,364 885,546 871,560


60 290 726,101 1,089,152 1,071,950


108 592 1,444,684 2,167,027 2,132,801

Average per day 

5.5 13,377 20,065 19,748

Of the total 1.45 million m3 measured in the dredger's hopper, it is estimated about 1.16 million m3 was actually delivered to the beaches [more] 


April 2006

10th 1900 hrs the sinkerline was towed from Poole Bay, bound for Southwold, Suffolk

March 2006

Daily Total (m3)


Job done.

0020 hrs the HAM 311 disconnected from the pipeline for the final time.

0305 hrs she departed Poole Bay bound for Rotterdam.

18th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,110
17th Beach replenishment (3 loads) 6,578
16th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,222
15th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,402
14th A visit from Andy George of Defra, London, who paying for the replenishment work.  4 loads pumped ashore today 9,189
13th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 8,908
12th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 10,641
11th Beach replenishment (6 loads) 13,693
10th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 8,781
9th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,163
8th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 10,884
7th Beach replenishment (1 load) 2,061
6th Beach replenishment (1 load) 2,120
5th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 11,932
4th Beach replenishment (6 loads) 13,885
3rd Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,142
2nd Beach replenishment (6 loads) 13,541
1st Beach replenishment (5 loads) 11,189

February 2006

Daily Total (m3)

28th Beach replenishment (2 loads) 4,776
27th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,412
26th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 11,789
25th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 11,696
24th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,098
23rd Beach replenishment (2 loads) 4,391
22nd Beach replenishment (3 loads) 6,948
21st No beach replenishment 0
20th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 8,992
19th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 11,041
18th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 8,855
17th No beach replenishment works; during bad weather dredging continues - material unsuitable for the beach is taken to the licensed disposal ground off Swanage 0
16th Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers attend a lunch and project presentation from Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole & Van Oord at the Harbour Heights Hotel.  Site visits to Solent Meads and Branksome Chine followed despite replenishment work being delayed by poor weather conditions.   0
15th Beach replenishment (2 loads) 4,664
14th Winds Force 5 today with Force 6-7 and heavy swell predicted for tomorrow; unsafe for replenishment.  Sinkerline brought ashore.  Just 1 load delivered to the beach  2,112
13th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 9,108
12th 'Countryfile' on BBC1 this morning featured the beach replenishment and other stories from Poole Harbour.  4 loads pumped ashore


11th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 11,323
10th The Waterway completed her final discharge at 00:05 this morning, bound for Rotterdam. HAM 311 working alone; beach replenishment (5 loads) 10,813
9th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 20,950
8th Beach replenishment (9 loads) 23,852
7th The sinkerline was moved this morning, to the bottom of Gordon Steps at Southbourne, the BBC filmed aboard the HAM 311 and 9 loads were pumped ashore - busy day! 24,015
6th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 18,719
5th Beach replenishment (8 loads) 21,845
4th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 19,437
3rd Van Oord advise that the Waterway will be operating only until 9th February, after which the HAM 311 will complete the project alone; anticipated end date is week commencing 6th March.  7 loads today. 17,748
2nd Beach replenishment (8 loads) 22,742
1st The production team from BBC1's Countryfile visit Poole & Bournemouth; on 6th & 7th February they will be back to film five stories from Poole for their programme which airs on BBC1 on Sunday the 12th at 10.55 a.m.  5 loads pumped ashore today. 14,823

January 2006

Daily Total (m3)

31st Beach replenishment (5 loads) 15,139
30th Waterway back in service.  Beach replenishment (7 loads) 18,519
29th Problems with the Waterway today.  Beach replenishment (6 loads) 13,043
28th Beach replenishment (9 loads) 24,302
27th Van Oord move the sinkerline at noon - it comes ashore at Southbourne (east).  Beach replenishment (5 loads) 14,569
26th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 18,796
25th Beach replenishment (5 loads) 14,358
24th Beach replenishment (4 loads) 12,057
23rd Beach replenishment has been progressing very well but the HAM 311 was out of action most of today (5 loads) 15,196
22nd Beach replenishment (7 loads) 19,391
21st Beach replenishment (8 loads) 22,642
20th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 18,198
19th Beach replenishment (9 loads) 21,959
18th The site is set up at Solent Meads car park.  Sinkerline brought ashore by the multicat; other equipment arrives by road.  Replenishment commences p.m. (5 loads pumped ashore) 10,609

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January 2006

Daily Total (m3)

18th Sinkerline floated and on its way to Hengistbury Head by 09:00
17th Sinkerline brought ashore for maintenance.  A 250m section will be left here; only 500m is required to reach Bournemouth beaches
16th Waterway in the harbour for refuelling and maintenance; HAM 311 finishes Poole replenishment work (5 loads) 11,945
15th Beach replenishment (10 loads) - only one day's work left at Poole. 27,113
14th Beach replenishment (8 loads) 21,775
13th Beach replenishment (9 loads).  Works have reached Shore Road; just a small section left to the 2nd rock groyne towards Sandbanks and this part of the project is complete. 22,457
12th Beach replenishment (10 loads) 25,499
11th Beach replenishment (11 loads) 30,311

Work is progressing at approximately 150m each day, and that's too fast for some ... 

Winston Sagman emails us:

"I am sure I am not alone in wishing that your team would slow down a little.  At the present rate of progress this fascinating piece of engineering is going to be finished too soon and the entertainment we are all enjoying will be gone"

10th Beach replenishment (13 loads) 36,080
9th Beach replenishment (11 loads) 32,100
8th Further sinkerline problems; divers on site.  Replenishment work recommences late in the day (3 loads) 7,631
7th The repaired sinkerline has been successfully floated and moved to Canford Cliffs Chine. 0
6th No beach replenishment today.  Sinkerline repairs underway. 0
5th Beach replenishment (5 loads).  Section of beach now completed (approx 1640m) between Branksome Dene Chine and Canford Cliffs Chine.   6,475
4th Sinkerline problems persist; the majority of dredging today is of fine sediments for offshore disposal offshore at Swanage. Pipeline reconnected for overnight replenishment work (3 loads) 10,076
3rd A leak has developed in the sinkerline preventing it from being floated and moved to Canford Cliffs Chine.  Independent film production crew arrives to interview Clive Smith, Head of Leisure Services at Poole.  Beach replenishment (4 loads) 12,172
2nd Hundreds if not thousands of visitors over the extended New Year Bank Holiday.  Beach replenishment (8 loads) 24,301
1st Beach replenishment (5 loads)


December 2005

Daily Total (m3)

31st Beach replenishment (4 loads) 11,904
30th Southerly winds up to Force 6 stops work.  Gusts above a Force 4/5 make it too difficult & dangerous to couple the dredger with the floating pipeline for pumping. 0
29th Only the Waterway working today (7 loads).  HAM 311 refuelling.  Project Managers from Poole's Leisure Services went aboard Waterway [pictures]. 19,779
28th Beach replenishment (9 loads) 23,030
27th Beach replenishment (8 loads) 19,539
26th Beach replenishment (9 loads) 22,488
25th Beach replenishment (8 loads) 19,876
24th Beach replenishment (6 loads) 13,766
23rd Beach replenishment (8 loads) 19,233
22nd Beach replenishment (8 loads).  Section of beach completed (approx 500m) between Branksome Dene Chine and Branksome Chine.  Work will move west of Branksome Chine. 18,286
21st Beach replenishment (9 loads) 23,743
20th Beach replenishment (11 loads) 28,844
19th Beach replenishment (12 loads).  ITV news crew filmed aboard one of the dredgers and interviewed project managers. 33,013
18th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 15,783
17th Beach replenishment by both Waterway & HAM 311 (13 loads)  32,768
16th The sinkerline comes ashore just east of Branksome Chine.  The first dredger load was pumped ashore at 19:00 (2 loads total) 4,748


The sinkerline was floated at Swanage and brought into Poole by tugs at 17:30.  The dredger Waterway also arrived at Poole today, to replace Volvox Scaldia [more]


Operational delays - obstructions found on the seabed off the coast at Branksome Chine where the sinkerline is due to come ashore


Operational delays


Offshore winds prevent pipeline from being moved


Equipment arrives at Poole by road but sea fog and offshore winds prevent the sinkerline (transported by sea) from leaving Swanage


Beach replenishing equipment dismantled at Swanage and moved to Poole by road

  David Robson, Borough of Poole  David Robson, Borough of Poole

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December 2005

Daily Total (m3)

9th Final day of replenishment work at Swanage (5 loads)


8th Beach replenishment (7 loads) 11,438
7th Beach replenishment (8 loads)


6th Beach replenishment (8 loads)


5th Beach replenishment (8 loads) 13,368
4th Beach replenishment (8 loads) 13,237
3rd Volvox Scaldia is back in service at Swanage.  Replenishment recommences (2 dredger loads)


2nd No beach replenishment works today.  Severe weather p.m. (driving rain and gusts of 60-70 m.p.h.) saw both dredgers moored at Poole Quay.  An improvement is forecast for tomorrow 0
1st No beach replenishment works; strong southerly winds Force 5-7 prevent dredger from coupling to pipeline. Similar weather forecast for tomorrow


November 2005

Daily Total (m3)


Pumping continues (2 loads).  Volvox Scaldia undergoes maintenance & repairs which are likely to take 3-4 days; HAM 311 will take over replenishment work at Swanage



The second dredger HAM 311 arrives in Poole.



Beach replenishment (8 loads)



Beach replenishment (8 loads)



Beach replenishment (7 loads)



Beach replenishment (3 dredger loads to the beach)



Trailing suction hopper dredger Volvox Scaldia pumps first two loads onto the beach


23rd Road transport brings 12m sections of pipeline to site.  Sections will be joined to pump material along the beach.

750m long x 700mm diameter sinkerline brought ashore in readiness for pumping.  The sinkerline was assembled in Newhaven Harbour, Sussex and towed from there by tug.  It is floated into position and then sunk to the seabed during replenishment work [more].

"Dear Sirs

This weekend we witnessed the recharging on Swanage beach in Dorset, UK.  We were most impressed by the engineering skills demonstrated by the teams on the beach and the readiness of your personnel to explain clearly to the watching public exactly what was happening.

We would like you to thank them for the time and trouble they are taking in their public relations role.  We spoke to several team members over the weekend and each one was enthusiastic about the project.

Yours faithfully, Janette and Roger Lynch"

An email received by contractors Van Oord (Netherlands) 27th November, and reproduced with kind permission of the authors

 David Robson, Borough of Poole

Pictures by Reinout Viersma

Beach crew at Poole, 15th January

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 David Robson, Borough of Poole


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 David Robson, Borough of Poole

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1 The Crown Estate apply a factor of 1.5 to convert cubic metres of sand to metric tonnes [more] and 1 metric tonne = 0.984206528 long (British) ton.

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