In late 2014 the Dutch dredger Sospan Dau (pictured) started work in Rosslare Europort, Ireland removing around 100,000m3 of sand from the breakwater and transporting it to an area just off Rosslare Strand. The accumulated sand had built up after severe storms in January and February 2014. The sand, after being deposited by Sospan Dau, is expected to be naturally carried ashore and will replenish the beach.

Rosslare Europort, Ireland’s premier ferryport, is operated by Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail), who were allocated funding of €1.4 million to contract out the work, which was expected to take three weeks. The hopper dredger Sospan Dau, built in 1978, had previously worked on the Southampton channel and in the Mersey area earlier in the year. RC

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