Ports and Harbours

Specialist Expertise

Our extensive knowledge of the Ports and Harbours industry extends from ecological surveys to Impact assessments and Substantive reviews. MESL’s staff possess expertise in marine biology and Benthic ecology and are experienced in providing the following services;

  • Preparation of full Terms of Reference (ToR) and Scoping documents
  • Complete Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of fisheries and wildlife resources
  • Development  and implementation of benthic and epibenthic monitoring programmes

Case Studies

London Gateway Port Development.

Client: DP World

MESL continues its longstanding involvement in this £1.5bn port development project, with responsibility for conducting assessments of benthic and epibenthic fauna, including commercially important species and the role played in provision of ecosystem services. Through completing these surveys we have made a significant contribution to furthering the understanding of the environmental impacts of this nationally significant and highly complex development. MESL provided advice on proposals for mitigation of likely impacts on marine biota and is responsible for monitoring the managed re-alignment site as part of the mitigation and compensation programme.

Impacts of Dredging on Marine Fauna in the Approach Channels of the Thames Estuary.

Client: Port of London Authority (PLA)

MESL carried out the Environmental Resource Assessment for proposed deepening of Prince’s Channel in the lower Thames Estuary.  Work involved assessment of the seabed resources and fisheries in the vicinity of Prince’s Channel and the extent to which these may be affected by the proposed dredging.

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