Major marine works near completion in Dingle Harbour

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Major marine works in Dingle Harbour are due to be completed over the next fortnight. €1.5 million was allocated by Minister Simon Coveney – under the 2015 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme – for dredging works and the the removal of the old Dingle boatyard slipway. Dredging works and slipway removal in Dingle Harbour. Photo by Marian O'FlahertyThe allocation included €225,000 for safety, maintenance and disability access, €400,000 for workshop design and planning, €500,000 for capital dredging and €100,000 for a net-mending area. The Department of Marine is currently tendering to procure the services of a consultancy firm to prepare a preliminary report, detailed design, documentation, works and handover stage for the ‘Dredging of Navigation Channel’ project. The project involves dredging the north-south leg of the channel to have a new width of 60 metres to a dredged level of 2.6 metres and the provision of a turning basin to a dredged level of five metres. The purpose is to widen the navigation channel and provide a turning basin in Dingle to facilitate increased marine traffic associated with both commercial and the fishing industry.