The first shipment of steel for the proposed new sea defences arrived in Littlehampton last week.
Andrew Walker from the Environment Agency advises that it’s one of 3 ship loads with the final one due to arrive early next week.
Obviously keen to be as environmentally sensitive as possible, the Environment Agency have chosen ship over road, which I think makes sense and it’s nice to see that they’re keen to make this project as low-impact as possible.
The Ship used for transporting the steel is the Walter Hammann, described as a ‘general cargo vessel built in 1988.
It’s a large ship as you can see above passing our shop window on the way out of the harbour.
It’s owners have quite a nifty website that tracks the ship’s progress and tells you where it’s at and where’s it been to.
Below is a copy of some of the information from the Ship’s website’s page
Voyage Related Info (Last Received)
Draught: 3.2 m
ETA: 2013-03-16 05:00
Info Received: 2013-03-15 14:04 (0d, 3h 4min ago)
Throughout our consultation process, the Environment Agency has demonstrated a very strong commitment to their environmental credentials. For example, staff don’t use or carry business cards and when writing to you they print on both sides of the page. And, now are shipping the steel by sea as opposed to by road. It’s a positive sign for the future.
Pictured below the Walter Hammann dropping off the first consignment of Steel to construct Littlehampton’s Sea Defences.