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Marine Dredge Licence Applications

The National Laboratory Service have now been validated by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for a standard suite of physical and chemical determinands in marine sediment, that are required in support of marine dredging licence applications. A marine licence is required for many different types of activity that are within the inshore and offshore remit of the MMO. There are six categories of activities that may need a licence. These are:

  • Construction, alteration or improvement
  • Dredging
  • Deposits
  • Incineration of any substance or object
  • Removal of any substance or object
  • Scuttling of any vessel or floating container

The NLS are validated for the following tests:

  • Particle Size Distribution
  • Trace Heavy Metals
  • Organotins
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Total Organic Carbon
  • Total Hydrocarbon Content
  • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons