Lock Shutdown Plus Dredging
This month in preparation for the lock shutdown, the team conducted a high pressure jet washing of the lock facia boards and lock gates. A new £60k inner stoplog arrived and with the 2 outer stoplogs were craned into position on 6th and 7th February just before the storm force winds battered the marina.
The stoplogs provide a temporary barrier to stop the water flowing into the lock when the lock gates are opened and lifted. There will is one inner stoplog installed which is held in position purely by the marina’s water pressure. The two outer stoplogs have been refurbished with new seals before being bolted together and secured into position as they need to be self-supporting as the tide outside rises and falls.
Premier Chichester is also pleased to report that ML (UK) will commence dredging the main channel later this month during the lock shutdown period; a full licence has been obtained to dredge approximately 5,000m3 to deepen the approach fairway.
The main shutdown started on 6th February and it is anticipated the works will be completed on 12th March with a contingency date of 20th March should there be emergent works or bad weather forecast.