Sustainable Environmental Treatment and Reuse of Marine Sediment

The project

Context

The English Channel is acknowledged as one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and fishing is also a key industry. To accommodate the ever increasing size of modern ships in European ports and waterways, and to prevent natural silting up of harbour entrances, significant dredging activity is constantly required to enlarge, deepen and maintain harbour access and achieve appropriate water depths along waterside facilities.

 These dredging activities are essential for the local economy and generate dredging materials that are traditionally immersed in the sea or stored on land. Immersion is an option valid only for unpolluted sediments, polluted sediments can be stored on land or sometimes re-used. However, sediment management faces tighter regulation and the scarcity of land for storage.

To tackle this challenge that concerns so many stakeholders on both sides of the Channel ports managers and owners, public works companies, research labs, etc – a Franco- British partnership was created to research common solutions, with the support of the EU programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) England.

The project-

Objectives

The SETARMS project aims at finding sustainable, economical and environmental solutions to the dredged sediments management.

The Partnership

During four years (2010-2013), the 12 French and English partners of the SETARMS project will jointly work on the dredging operations in the Ports of the Channel and on the sustainable managment of the marine sediments.

This project accepted and match funded by the European Union will enable the partners to find sustainable, economical and envirmental solutions, based on robust scientific work.