All I can say is I was fascinated.
We walked down to the dredging site this afternoon and watched a fair amount of activity as the sand was piped ashore and pumped onto the beach whilst the diggers did a kind of sand ballet getting things in just the right place at just the right time.
The guy putting the pipes in position has to link the chains to them from the cab, and that in itself was awesome.
Hundreds of millions of tons of sand will be used for the operation, and as the beach is to slope, the angles of the buckets/scoops on the smaller diggers is vital. Two of them were darting about in the water shovelling the sand in place as the water flowed away, much to the delight of the herring gulls.
The water and sand spewing out of the pipe was like a firework display without the pops, bangs or flashing colours. It’s under sufficient pressure to bury you, which is why NO-ONE does anything manually, and it is all down to the crews in the vehicles and boats.
The big dredger off shore was unloading the sand from the dredging sites out at sea. This is then pumped along the huge pipes underwater to the shore where the heavy plant guys do their thing.
We’re going back tomorrow to watch some more!
Somehow it made the work done on the marina last year pale in comparison.