… or at least the King George V Lock was – until today!
The Thames, like all rivers, carries a lot of silt in its waters and this combined with the tidal effects causes the buildup of silt at many locations throughout London. These deposits not only cause problems for ships using the main navigation channels but also around the various moorings and locks.
As a result every so often it requires these areas to be dredged using specialist equipment and today was the turn of the King George V lock in the Royal Docks.
The water-injection dredger Maasmond, operated by Van der Kamp International Dredging, which has been undertaking various dredging jobs up and down the Thames in recent weeks was given the task and has spent several hours cleaning out the Lock to help keep it fully operational.
A video showing Maasmond at work can be seen here:
The job took just over 5 hours to complete and included clearing the entire main lock and also the river entrance and now it has been done it will ensure safe passage and operation for the future.
A few more pictures of Maasmond can be seen here.