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Dredger purchase is a ‘win-win’ for Poole

Monday, 23rd March 2020

Jenkins Marine is pleased to announce the purchase of the grab hopper dredger C.H. Horn from the Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC). This is a significant investment in the dredging fleet for Jenkins Marine who have now secured a new ten-year contract to perform dredging services and provide marine support vessels for PHC within Poole Harbour and the Port of Poole.

Jenkins Marine, own and operate specialised workboats, barges and dredging vessels established in Poole since 1988. They continue to have a strong working relationship with PHC helping to maintain and support the port with marine engineering, salvage and general marine works. The C.H. Horn will complement their existing dredging fleet of shallow draft workboats and split-hopper barges by being able to work quickly and efficiently to remove materials from difficult to reach areas. C H Horn is a 25m long, self-propelled grab hopper dredger, with a capacity of 125m3 operated under the workboat code of practice for operation up to 20NM from a safe Haven.

Captain Brian Murphy, Harbour Master for PHC said:
 “We are very happy that the C.H. Horn has gone to a good home, strengthening local company relationships with a specialist marine company like Jenkins Marine. We are sad to see her go as she has served us well for many years. After review of our assets the Board agreed that now was the right time to outsource the work normally undertaken by this vessel.”

Dan Jenkins, Managing Director of Jenkins Marine had this to say:
“In our continued focus to deliver better dredging services to our customers we are pleased to acquire the C.H. Horn to our fleet. We have long focused on adapting, maintaining and improving our existing fleet investing heavily to make dredging production more efficient especially. Our mission is to provide the best possible service, including prices, to our customers in marinas and ports on the South Coast and it was important we secure the contract to be responsible for the activities in our own back yard!”

Poole Harbour is Europe’s largest natural Harbour, it attracts thousands of mariners and nature lovers each year, not to mention the business and industries that thrive on its shores. It stands as a gateway to the UK for shipping whilst being a central pillar between the UNESCO world heritage site to the West and the renowned nine Blue Flag beaches to the East starting at Sandbanks .

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