Dredging and dumping | Compendium Coast and Sea

Dredging and dumping

Over 99% of the sediments dumped at sea result from dredging in ports and fairways. Between 1990 and 2007, the total amount of materials dumped at sea in the OSPAR region varied between 80 and 130 million tons (dry weight). In Belgium, almost 12 million tons (dry weight) were dumped in 2013. In the ‘Thematic chapter’, an overview is given of the scientific knowledge, socioeconomic data and legal aspects of the user function ‘Dredging and dumping’ for the Belgian part of the North Sea. The specific situation of these activities in the Scheldt Estuary is discussed in the chapter ‘Scheldt Estuary’. The international legislation applicable to this activity is discussed in more detail under ‘Legislation’. More information about the available expertise regarding dredging and dumping within the Belgian marine research groups and their relevant research infrastructure can be consulted by clicking ‘Research groups’ and ‘Infrastructure’, respectively.