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

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. 

Simandou Port Chraracterisation Assessment, Guinea

MESL was commissioned to undertake various analyses of sediment, faunal, epibenthic and environmental data previously obtained from benthic surveys in support of a new port development off the coast of Guinea. MESL have experience of a range of data review exercises. The data provided to MESL as part of this project were analysed using an array of univariate and multivariate statistical techniques for the purpose of providing a characterisation of the fish assemblages found off the coast of Guinea. The analysis and report dealt with species of conservation interest that were acknowledged appropriately which was a testament to the reporting teams’ biological and ecological knowledge both in the UK and internationally.  

Blyth Ash Dock Characterisation

Marine Ecological Surveys Limited conducted a benthic characterisation survey of the area of seabed which lies in and around Blyth Ash Dock, Blyth, Northumberland. Developing an understanding of the benthic environment within the Blyth Ash Dock helped to ensure that any important environmental resources that were present were afforded adequate protection from proposed engineering works in the area.

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

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. 

Fesibility Investigation for Navigational Channel, Wells-next-the-Sea

The objective of the work undertaken by MESL was to support an investigation into the feasibility of implementing proposed enhancements to the navigational channel at Wells. This survey included provisions for single benthic grabs  which were consequently analysed for benthic infauna and sediment composition. This allowed a full assessment of the benthic biological resources of the area to be compiled. 

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