Dredging at Whitby Harbour

Whitby Harbour has its own dredger. Find out information about the specifications and how to hire the Whitby Harbour dredger.

The ‘Sandsend’ was converted from a dumb barge in 2003.

The excavating pontoon was the first of its kind and had an extensive modification in 2016.  A Hitachi long reach excavator was mounted on the vessel and two hydraulically operated spud legs.


The dredger maintains the depths of the channels and harbours at Whitby and Scarborough. The channel depth within Whitby is maintained where possible at a depth of 1.4 metres below chart datum.

Depths on private moorings are maintained where possible at the following depths, however these cannot be guaranteed due to occasional rapid silting (all depths are below chart datum):

  • private moorings on pontoons below Spital Bridge: 1.5 metres
  • Eskside Wharf: 1.5 metres
  • Endeavour Wharf: 2 metres
  • Fish Quay: 2 metres

Soundings are taken and recorded annually, with additional soundings taken as and when required.


The dredger is available for external contract work when spare capacity is available. Please contact the Harbour Master if you are interested in hiring the system.



Type: Split Hopper Barge
Length overall: 43.69 m
Beam: 7.95 m
Load Draft: 2.2 m
GRT: 268
NRT: 82
DWT: 397
Propulsion: 2 x 215 HP Caterpillar Engines, driving through two HRP rotational propellor units
Bow Thruster: 75HP Kort Thruster

Hopper Capacity: 330 m³
Nav. Equipment: GPS, Sounder, Radar, DSC-VHF. To MCA requirements.

The ‘Sandsend’ is fitted with a Hitachi 350 Zaxis excavator with 18 metre reach and two hydraulically operated spud legs. Effective digging depth to 8 metres below waterline.

For enquiries, please call 01947 602354.