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Land and water services

Land & Water Services is an award winning group of companies that specialises in marine based civil engineering, dredging and remediation projects. Land & Water Plant operates the largest fleet of specialist long reach excavators and inland floating plant in the UK, available for hire anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Copper was originally used as the main ingredient in antifouling paints for boats to prevent algae and barnacles from attaching themselves to boats and slowing their movement. It was found that tributyltin compounds (TBT) were effective and longer lasting. However after years of use TBT was established to have disastrous effects on marine life and is now considered to be a severe marine pollutant.

In this KTP, Land and Water Services Ltd worked with the University of Southampton’s Chemistry unit to evaluate and develop viable methods for the remediation of harbour and shipyard sediments that are contaminated with the marine anti-foulant tributyltin.


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