Sedimentation in the Port of Harlingen is relatively high, causing high maintenance dredging costs. The municipality is eager to know what causes the sedimentation exactly. A complex hydrodynamic system is present with sediment-rich tidal flows, density currents, and discharge of floodwater from backwaters.
Frequently the municipality, the dredging contractor, and local pilots have a different opinion on the actual water depth available in critical spots in the port area.
BPA is assigned to run a quick scan of the situation in Port of Harlingen, aiming at a proposal for the execution of a series of measurements of hydraulic, sedimentologic and dredging parameters.
Detailed Description of Actual Services Provided by Blue Pelican Associates:
Screening of existing data, with a summary of reports prepared earlier (by others)
Description of hydrodynamic system within the port, with influence from surrounding areas
Assessment of maintenance dredging (as executed)
Proposal for adoption of nautical depth concept in the port
Recommendations on port management
Establish need for data collection, including proposal