The dredger carrying out the work at Wells Harbour will be called the "Kari Hedge"



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Wells Harbour dredger official naming ceremony.


The 200 tonne motorised barge tasked with deepening the Wells Harbour main channel to extend the operating hours of the historic port was officially named today (Thursday, October 15).


To be known as the “Kari Hege”, the 24m ‘dredger’ - in fact an excavator mounted on a barge - arrived in the harbour earlier this month and has already begun work on the channel improvements.


North Norfolk MP, Mr Norman Lamb, together with Wells Harbour Commission Chairman, Dr Charles Ebrill and StatoilHydro’s Head of Wind Energy, Ms Anne Strømmen Lycke all spoke at the launch in support of what this dredging project will mean to Wells in the long term.


The dredger was officially named by the Stakeholder Manager of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, Ms Kari Hege Mørk, after whom it is named.


Dr Ebrill said that Ms Mørk has played a vital role in bringing this project to fruition and the Wells Harbour Master, and Commissioners, felt the name was an appropriate and well-deserved tribute.

“Many Norfolk people have Viking blood - and we know Vikings mainly from the archaeological treasure they left behind. Now our Norwegian friends are helping bring Norfolk a new treasure - renewable energy,” he said.


The initial dredging work that will deepen parts of the main channel from the Lifeboat House to the open sea begun on October 5 following approval from the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA).

The MFA granted a licence under Part ll of the Food and Environmental Protection Act 1985 and consent under Section 34 of the Coast Protection Act 1949 for placement of dredged material and construction of the jetty.


Parts of the main channel will be deepened to one metre at low tide (neaps) to allow boats in and out of the Harbour for longer time periods. The dredger uses GPS tracking to ensure the work is precise while sand and gravel is moved aside but not taken away.


The initial improvement work will employ two people and take six months from now until March 2009 and then the depth of the channel will be maintained with regular dredging.


The aim is to allow the use of Wells Harbour for extended periods by workboats servicing the Sheringham Shoal wind farm and other potential users such as yachts and fishing boats


For further information please contact: Wells Harbour Commissioner, Chris Rose on telephone: 01328 711526, mobile: 07881 824752 or email: or Harbour Master, Robert Smith on mobile: 0777 5507284 or email:

Key facts and figures about the the “Kari Hege”:

Length: 24m
Beam (width): 10m
Height: 2.5m
Weight: 200 tonnes
Draught: 1m
Main engine: 200hp
Excavator digging capacity: approx 100 cubic metres per hour
Excavator outreach: 21m
GPS accuracy: 30 to 50mm
Anchoring system: 3 hydraulically driven 6m spud legs


Note: Video footage and additional images are available on request. Please contact Sheringham Shoal PR & Communications Manager, Sue Vincent on mobile: 07768508742 or email:

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