Marine-based civil engineer Land & Water Ltd have won the British Waterways national dredging contract to run from December 2010 until March 2015.
BW national dredging manager, Ian Marmont said, “Funding in the public and charitable sectors over the next few years is going to be particularly tight and we must ensure that we get the absolute maximum benefit from the money available. With plans to prioritise spend on dredging in each of the next two years, this national contract with Land & Water is welcome news for the waterways and those that use and enjoy them.”
Spending on dredging in 2011 and 2012 will be increased to £5m a year — BW say that by awarding the national contract to a single company they will get more dredging done for their money.
James Maclean, Managing Director of Land & Water Services Ltd welcomed the award of the contract saying, “This single-source contract award is a reflection of the long-term partnership we have been developing and investing in with British Waterways for more than 15 years."
He continued, "We have always believed in the philosophy of ‘working together’ and we welcome the incentives in our new contract to find ever-greater efficiencies, increase recycling opportunities, and reduce the environmental impact of our joint operations."
Kennet & Avon Canal not on 2011 dredging priority list
BW has announced that the dredging priorities for 2011 include the Leeds & Liverpool Canal between Farnhill and Bingley, stretches of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and the Aylesbury Arm of The Grand Union Canal.
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