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Measuring Sub-bottom of the Port of Bristol

Port of Bristol’s conservancy manager and port hydrographer, Mark Burrows, tells about the UK port’s difficult hydrographic requirements and the equipment it relies on to maintain depths The Bristol Port Company (BPC) is one of the major ports in the UK responsible for handling a wide variety of cargoes that are essential to the country, from coal and biomass for power stations, to cars, jet fuel, and animal feeds. Cargo arrives in vessels of up to 130,000dwt and 14.5m draft and so it is vital that there is sufficient water for them to gain access to the port safely and efficiently to fit with global schedules.

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