A huge dredging project has been completed in Chichester Harbour

A £600,000 dredging project has been completed in Chichester Harbour just in the nick of time for the boating season.

A full dredge of Sparkes Marina, located on the south-east tip of Hayling Island, removed over 2000 tonnes of silt to create full tidal access to all of the berths.

Pontoons, pontoon equipment and mooring piles were also replaced in the first stage of a rolling programme of improvements.

The work took just seven weeks to complete.

Marina manager, Carl Jermaine said the upgrade could not have been completed so quickly without the co-operation of boatowners and berth holders.

“They have been fantastic throughout the duration of these works, temporarily relocating their boats to one of the six nearby marinas or taking storage ashore.”

“Within just three weeks we removed all the pontoons and relocated boats before the barge arrived to dredge the entire marina in less than four weeks,” he said.