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Combining sediment management and bioremediation in muddy ports and harbours: A review.

Polrot, A, Kirby, JR, Birkett, JW and Sharples, GP (2021) Combining sediment management and bioremediation in muddy ports and harbours: A review. Environmental Pollution, 289. ISSN 0269-7491

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This paper reviews two important sources of innovation linked to the maritime environment and more importantly to ports: the potential coupling of sediment management and (bio)remediation. The detrimental effects of dredging are briefly considered, but the focus here is on a sustainable alternative method of managing the problem of siltation. This technique consists of fluidizing the sediment in situ, lowering the shear strength to maintain a navigable under-keel draught. Preliminary investigations show that through this mixing, aeration occurs, which results in a positive remediation effect as well. An overview of port contamination, remediation, and the recent research on aerobic (bio)degradation of port contaminants is made in order to show the potential for such innovative sediment management to reduce dredging need and remediate contaminated mud in ports. This review also highlights the lack of full-scale field applications for such potential remediation techniques, that remain largely confined to the laboratory scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active nautical depth; Aerobic biodegradation; Anti-siltation; Fluid mud; Sediment contaminants; Sediment resuspension; Biodegradation, Environmental; Environmental Restoration and Remediation; Geologic Sediments
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2021 12:37
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117853
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15816
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