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UKD was established in 1996 as a division of Associated British Ports. UKD vessels operate around the UK and near continent with operations overseen from UKD’s head office in Cardiff. UKD is backed by the financial strength of ABP, the UK’s largest and leading ports group, handling about a quarter of the country’s seaborne trade. This strength has allowed UKD to maintain a programme of continued capital investment. Modern vessels equipped with the latest satellite-position fixing and dredge-monitoring equipment allow UKD to provide efficient solutions to customers’ dredging requirements.
UKD‘s experience has evolved from the teams responsible for the majority of the maintenance dredging at Britain’s ports since the 19th century. At one time, most ports had a dedicated dredger or fleet of dredgers to carry out the work required. Over the years, rationalisation and modernisation have created a sophisticated fleet of trailer suction and grab dredgers, using the latest technology to dredge millions of cubic metres of material each year, while having regard for the fragile marine environment.
UKD can provide
UKD has the equipment and the expertise to undertake a wide range of dredging tasks in the port environment. Its crews are accustomed to working alongside the marine management team at a port. In-dock maintenance dredging uses plough vessels, grab dredgers or trailer suction dredgers with pipes which have been specially designed to gain access to awkward corners and lock entrances.
UKD‘s larger vessels are capable of dredging a range of sedimentary deposits for the maintenance of channels or, in appropriate circumstances, dredging for capital schemes. UKD’s fleet, which is not restricted to UK waters, can carry out a wide range of work in Europe.